The 10th Annual Chowder and Cheer takes place this Saturday, December 7th, from 1pm until 5pm. Guests are asked to vote for their favorite chowder, soup, chili or gumbo as they travel to each participating restaurant or business. In addition to the downtown restaurants competing in Chowder and Cheer, restaurants that aren’t located within the downtown district will serve samples at participating shops and art galleries. Chowder & Cheer is organized by Downtown Morehead City Inc. as part of the annual Christmas in Downtown celebration!

THIS YEAR the Big Rock Store will be hosting Caribsea, of Emerald Isle, and be giving out a special Big Rock “CHEER” souvenir! PLUS + enjoy exclusive holiday giveaways & a DEAL you won’t want to miss!

Other Participating businesses include:

34 Degrees North * Amos Mosquitos * Arts Council * The Banks Grill * Beach Bumz * Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament * Caribsea Restaurant * Carolina Artist Gallery * Casa San Carlo * Circa 81 * Core Sound Waterfowl Museum * Côte Boutique *Crystal Coast Brewing Co. * Dee Gee’s * Downtown Formal & Bridal * Floyd’s 1921 * Full Moon Oyster Bar * Gigi & Company * Jack’s Waterfront Bar * Off the Hook * Parrott’s on 11th * Parsons General Store * Promise Land Market * Red Fish Grill * Sanitary Restaurant * Shuckin’ Shack * Soundside Steak and Seafood * Southern Salt * The Island Grille * The Ordinary * Tidal Coworking * Tight Lines Pub & Brewery * Turner Street Market * Wine & Design * Yellowfin Pub * Z&Z Designs

Tickets for this event are currently sold out but please come join in the fun downtown as all the businesses will be open to everyone.

The Christmas in Downtown celebration begins with Breakfast with Santa, then Chowder & Cheer, followed by The Morehead City/Beaufort Flotilla at 5:30 p.m. along the Morehead City waterfront, and finally the Community Tree Lighting beginning at 6 p.m., in Jaycee Park. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, December 7th, for a full day of FUN in downtown Morehead City! A complete schedule of holiday events can be found at

Photo courtesy of Marc Montocchio