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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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Oysters, BBQ, Pirates, Superheroes, BMX Stunts, Soul Asylum, Fuel, and Cooking Competitons @ Norwalk Oyster Fest 2011

2 Sep

34th Norwalk Oyster Festival: September 9-11, 2011

Some reasons to check out the Norwalk Oyster Fest this year:

Food Fun

There will be cooking competitions, BBQ, oysters, and the other popular Fest foods.  The BBQ from the Kansas City BBQ Society was okay last time we went, we’d try the New England BBQ Society or stick to the tents and the oysters.  Also, there will be lots of chances to get food from charitable organizations.  We’re all about helping out, and this is an awesome way to because you definitely have to get your grub on, so why not do so and do good at the same time? ;)  




9/9:  Fuel!  “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” “Shimmer,” “Won’t Back Down,” and “Innocent.”  

9/10:  Soul Asylum, baby!  Remember their songs?  We do!  “Runaway Train,” “Misery,” and “Somebody to Shove?”  Hell yes.  

9/11:  Silverado.

BMX and motocross stunts.  Seriously, this was awesome the last time we went.  Flips and all other kinds of stunts.  Kristien and I would also perform, but we wouldn’t want to make the riders feel inadequate.  So, we just watch.

Family Friendly

Avast! Pirates will be walking around but best mind your booty, landlubbers.  Dress yer kid as a pirate (if they aren’t already like that) and, arrhh, they be getting in free.  Pirates not yer thing, lassy?  Come by Sunday and you get to see Marvel Superheroes such as Captain America, Thor, and Spider-man.  No mention, though, of Oyster-Man, Captain OmNom, or Bloated-Girl.  ;)

The Deets

September 9-11, 2011

Veteran’s Park on Seaview Avenue

Adults:  $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday, Adult Weekend $25

Senior Citizens:  $10

Children:  5-12 are $3, 4 and younger are free.

Military personnel or activity duty: free

Tickets can be purchased here or on the spot.

BRING CASH!  Seriously, you’ll need it.  :)

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