Don't miss Chowderfest’s free Merchant Mart, best shopping at the Jersey Shore this fall

Shoppers can stroll through over a hundred booths bursting with fall bargains on October 2 while enjoying live music, local food specialties and meet Deadliest Catch Deckhand during this Award Winning Weekend
Sept. 17, 2010 - PRLog -- The most anticpated weekend of the year for thousands begins with Chowderfest Weekend's kick off Merchant Mart. This event has grown to become the shopping day of the season. Merchant Mart provides an outdoor shopper’s paradise, rain or shine under the big top at Taylor Avenue Ball Field, in Beach Haven on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 10am to 4pm.

This free event features savings for everyone featuring home improvements, holiday gifts, fashion, beauty supplies, jewelry, home décor, children’s items, surfing gear, and boating supplies. In addition to great shopping, there is live music, costumed characters and activities from local environmental, art and other community organizations, such as the LIghthouse International Film Festival which will be promoting the New Jersey Premiere of the award winning independent film Gas Land, which will be screenng at the Beach Haven Elementary School that Saturday evening. Also appearing at Merchant Mart will be Russell Newberry, from Discovery Channel's The Deadliest Catch who will be on hand during Merchant Mart for autographs, photographs and promoting his line of clothing, crab products and own label wines.

Shoppers and their companions find it easy to spend the day nestled in the heart of Beach Haven! Merchant Mart is a few steps from the bay, Schooner’s Wharf and Bay Village. The food tent offers traditional festival fare along with LBI specialties such as clams on the half shell, home baked pastries and the internationally acclaimed “Elephant Ears”. Enjoy live music and entertainment from Hawkins Road, a talented group who plays the greatest spots in Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore’s best festivals.

Of course, coming for Merchant Mart is only half the fun of Chowderfest Weekend.  On Sunday, October 3 at the same location is the Chowder Cook Off Classic. Celebrating its 21rst year, the cook off provides unlimited chowder tasting from the area’s top restaurants. All ticket holders become the judge and vote for their favorite red and white chowder. The event is held rain or shine beginning at 11am to 4pm. Tickets are on sale now for $20 per adult $10 for children 12 and under and $50 for VIP which includes 10am admission and commemorative Taster T Shirt. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the chamber office 265 West Ninth Street Ship Bottom, by visiting  the Chamber Booth during Merchant Mart to purchase tickets and advance purchase this year’s Chowderwear and will also be on sale at the gate on October 3.

The vendors at Merchant Mart are members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, for details on how to become a merchant at this year’s event; contact Kelly Randazzo at 609 494 7211 x103.

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