continued This year, 22 different chowders will be competing for best overall, most creative, best seafood and best vegetarian soup, awards that will be handed out by a panel of four secret, local restaurant critics. Festival goers will be able to pick their favorite creations for the People’s Choice Award.
For the first time, there will be a dessert chowder from Sweet Sues, located on River Street in Troy. Chef Susan Dunckel created a S’mores Chowder, which could be a real contender for the most creative award.
The competition is expanding, with a number of restaurants competing for the first time. Carmen’s Café, Finnbar’s Pub, Mio Vino, Sweet Sues and The Ruck are all making their Chowderfest debuts.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and officially runs until 4 p.m. but organizers said many of the vendors run out of samples by 3. Tickets for samples are $1, and 20,000 samples will be served up during the event.
Aside from the chowder, there will be live music all day and a bouncy bounce for the kids. Performing live will be Erin Harkes, The Standard Clams and The Refrigerators. The event is sponsored by the City of Troy and many local restaurants, and proceeds will go to the Troy BID.