‘Cape Cod Quahog Challenge’ Returns This Weekend to Benefit Housing Assistance

HYANNIS –  Quahog lover’s – break out your utensils as the Housing Assistance Corporation is looking to find who makes the best stuffed quahog, during this year’s ‘Cape Cod Quahog Challenge’.

“This event came about thinking about a fun way to bring people together during the summer on the waterfront in Hyannis,” says Laura Reckford, Director of Community Relations for HAC.

“We are just having fun trying out one of the most signature dishes of the region.”

Over the past three years, Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham has won the coveted top prize which is based upon popular vote. The restaurant will not be returning to defend its title as owner Nathan Nickerson and head chef Susan Buckley promised if they won three years in a row, they would step aside to give others a chance.

“We have about 9 or 10 restaurants who turn out and the people who come to this event actually get to vote on which is the best one.  Along with the price of admission, you get beer from Narragansett Beer, and you get ice-cream from Polar Cave. There is live music as well,” said Reckford

Last year’s second place winner, Cape Tip Seafood Market in Truro, will be returning as will Trader Ed’s; Fresh Ketch in Hyannis; Portside Tavern in Hyannis; and Sea Dog Brew Pub in Yarmouth.

This year’s event will also welcome two newcomers: Baha Brothers’ Sandbar Grill in Taunton as well as Sesuit Harbor Café in Dennis.

“People just have a fun time hanging out and trying out quahogs,” said Reckford.

This year’s challenge will take place Sunday afternoon from 1-4 pm, at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis.

Tickets are set at $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. For those 10 and under, tickets are $5 per person.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands.

For more information, you can visit haconcapecod.org

By JOHN BONDAREK, CapeCod.Com News Center

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