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Russell McAleavey and Sommer Constabile of Astoria at Chowderfest. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The annual New Suffolk Chowderfest is returning to the waterfront Memorial Day weekend. Now in its 11th year, the family-friendly event hosted by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund draws hundreds to the small hamlet to kick off the summer season.

“We’ll have 35 gallons of chowder this year,” said New Suffolk Waterfront Fund chair Patty Lowry. “Everyone can enjoy it while taking in the most beautiful water views on the North Fork.”

A New Suffolk tradition since 2008, Chowderfest was founded in the kitchen of one of the organization’s members. It has since grown so much that Southold catering company Grace & Grit was put in charge of preparing all the chowders. This year’s offerings include a traditional New England style, Long Island clam chowder with a creamy tomato base, bacon corn chowder and vegetarian chowder and vegan chowder with a soy milk base. All the chowders will be gluten-free and flour-free.

A full barbecue feast made by New Suffolk Waterfront Fund volunteers will also be served. The event also features children’s activities, live music, raffle prizes and 50 varieties of colorful perennials for sale.

All proceeds support the continuing revitalization of the historic New Suffolk Waterfront property, which is owned and maintained by the non-profit New Suffolk Waterfront Fund.

Tickets are $25 per adult; $5 for children 6 through 11 and free for anyone younger. Tickets can be purchased online here, or by phone: 631-566-0806.

The event will take place along the waterfront at Main and First streets from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. Parking and transportation will be available from Wickham’s Fruit Farm at 28700 Main Road in Cutchogue. From there a shuttle bus will transport guests to the Chowderfest. A rain date is scheduled for Monday, May 27.