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What Creative Chowders and Soups/Bisques Are Cooking at Chowdafest 2015?

1 Oct

Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

Chowdafest is right around the corner, and you’ll want to check out this one. It’s gonna be bigger and bad-assier than ever, helped out by the new location: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. From 11-3 on 10/11 you taste killer chowders and soups from New England and even, in one case, Seattle . . . then you vote for your favorites. The winners will go down in fame and will have definite bragging rights.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12 (you can also buy them online), and parking is absolutely free. So, as promised, here’s a delicious preview of the Creative Chowders and Soups/Bisque that you’ll be nomming on:   Continue reading

Chowdafest 2015: 40 Restaurants from New England Compete to See Who’s Chowdabest

9 Jul

Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

It’s funny to look at the humble start of Chowdafest which has exponentially grown each year to include more soup-slurpers and more restaurants throughout Connecticut. So, it would seem only right that the next place to expand would be having restaurants throughout New England compete to see who makes the best soups, bisques, and chowders. And, with that change also comes the change of location: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport! Yup, mark it and mark it well: Sunday, October 11 is the day when you’ll get to taste the best of the best. Tickets are $15 for adults or $5 for kids 6-12 with no charge for parking. With your ticket, you get a spoon for unlimited tastings, a ballot to help vote in your favorites from 5 categories. 

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5th Chowdafest Moves to Webster Bank Arena and Plans to Become Biggest Food Event in Northeast

10 Jan

Chowdafest Logo

The winners and our recap is in!

What started as a tiny event that featured some local restaurants’ soups and chowders with just 400 people attending, soon turned into an event at Bedford Middle School that featured many different CT restaurants and had about 5,000 people attend.  That’s some big growth, especially when you consider that the attendance for last year’s event was 40% more than Chowdafest 3.  Put in different terms, there were 600 gallons of chowder and soup served with almost 50% more money raised for the Connecticut Food Bank from the proceeds.  Believe it or not, Chowdafest 4 (2012) was so well attended that they had to turn 1,000 people away because of being over-capacity and parking limitations.

Chowda Chick from Rory's in Darien at Chowdafest IV

Chowda Chick from Rory’s in Darien at Chowdafest IV

Well, that won’t be an issue this year!  Chowdafest 5 will be held at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on February 3 (SOUP’er Bowl Sunday), the holiest day of the year for football lovers but now also for chowder lovers.  Don’t worry, though, it will be going on from 11 am to 4 pm, so there will be plenty of time to get your party ready or head back to the house/bar before the game begins.  Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids aged five or younger.  Spoons and a voting card will be provided.  Just bring your entrance fee, a healthy (or unhealthy) appetite, and some non-perishable food donations to help support the Connecticut Food Bank.  

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