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Chowdafest VII 2014: Recap, Winners, Results + Our Faves at Calf Pasture Beach

13 Oct
Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

Click through to see a full album of competitors, soups, and other good stuff!

This past Sunday just might have been the perfect fall day. The air was crisp (but not too cold), the sun was shining bright, and the leaves had just started to flame into color. Oh, and it just so happened to be the day when Chowdafest scuttled down by the water at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. The same Chowdafest that started off at a church, then at a school, quickly grew to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, then grew so big this past February that they needed to expand to an even bigger venue…and that takes us Chowdafest VII!

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Chowdafest IV 2012, Baby! It’s Gonna Be Wicked SOUPer!

18 Jan

About a year ago Kristien and I got our chowda on and OD’d on soupy goodness.  Yup, the Third Annual Chowdafest was awesome with tons of restaurants competing for the Classic New England Chowder, Creative Chowder, and Soup titles.  Last year Mansion Clam House won Classic N.E. Clam Chowder, SBC won Creative Chowder with Corn & Poblano Chowder, and Nicholas Roberts won with their Lobster Bisque.  So, who’s winning this year on 2/4/12 from 11-4 at Bedford Middle School in Westport?  You get a spoon, then you om nom nom, vote, and help decide the winners.  Yeah, you can even pretend you’re one of those judges from Chopped or Iron Chef.  We won’t tell.

Well, look at the talent pool here, first:

Ash Creek Saloon
Blue Lemon
Bobby Q’s
The Brewhouse
Cactus Rose Cantina
Crab Shell
Dunvilles
The Ginger Man
Liquid Lunch
Los Cabos
Mansion Clam House
Mystic Soup Co.
Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro
Old Post Tavern
O’Neill’s
River House
Rory’s
Southport Brewing Company
Super Duper Weenie
Tavern on Main

Look at that list!  Some of Connecticut’s best restaurants competing for the fun of it but also to take home bragging rights.  Tickets are a measly $6 for adults, $5 for 65+, and a puny $2 for children and go towards helping out The CT Food Bank.  Also, bring down some nonperishable items to help boost up their food drive.  Yeah, everybody wins on “SOUPer Bowl Saturday.”  Kids will have even more fun this year, too.    Stop & Shop is sponsoring a Kids Cove where there will be stickers, temporary tattoos (why not real ones?), and a chef hat decorating station!  Also, have your kids meet the most savory “SOUPer hero,” Chef Quahog.  There’s still some time to meet him before 2/4, too.

Bonus:  stop by after 3 and you’ll be entered into a special raffle.

Some cool facts from Jim Keenan, organizer of both Chowdafest and Chilifest:

• No restaurant has won the same category back to back.  The Ginger Man almost did last year, coming in 2nd by a mere 5 votes.

• We’re in CT, yes, but no one has been daring enough to enter in a Manhattan Clam Chowder.

• There has never been more than one lobster bisque, but this year there are three on the way.

• They are poised to break attendance records!  How awesome is that?

Chowdafest is now one of the largest competitions going on in New England.

Chowdafest IV

2/4/12

11 am – 4 pm

$6 adults/$5 seniors/$2 children

Bedford Middle School

88 North Ave

Westport, CT 06880

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