The Best Winter “Thing-to-Do” in Saratoga Springs, New York
SAVE THE DATE! February 6, 2016

Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest is one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Family-friendly, fun and utterly delicious, Chowderfest features more than 90 vendors—including Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers—who open their doors to the public and serve hot bowls of chowder to event goers.

Sponsored by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the 18-year anniversary of Saratoga Chowderfest starts at approximately 11 a.m. and will feature live music, face painting and, of course, a wide variety of chowders. Even dogs are welcome—establishments offer doggy chowder and photo ops for your four-legged friends.

As you can see by the pictures and videos, it is a great time for the entire family. You don’t want to miss it! For more information on Saratoga’s Chowderfest or if you would like to become a member of the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau and participate, please contact Connie!

Here’s how it works: Pick up a ballot form at any participating establishment, taste different soups and chowders for a $1 a cup (3 oz. serving) and vote for your favorite! Complete your ballot form and pick up your official Chowderfest Long-sleeve T-shirt for $10.00 and XXL for $12.00! Ballot drop-offs and T-shirt locations at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and Saratoga Springs City Center. Winner Awards Ceremony in the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m.

During Winterfest, February 12-14 marks the third Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic – Pond Hockey Tournament! Visit the website to register and book a room,


2016 Participants Coming Soon!

2016 Participants Serving Dog Chowder:Coming back for the fifth year in a row will be the “Dog Chow Down”! Starting at 1:00 PM at the Saratoga Downtowner Motel, a contest between the stores participating in making dog chowder will compete!




Saturday, January 31:

Kid Activities



Chowderfest Winners

2016 Saratoga Chowderfest Hotel Specials

Rates based on availability. Book your Room!


2015 Chowderfest Parking

FREE SHUTTLES back & forth from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM:

  • Upstate Transit Shuttles will run from the Wilton Mall at Saratoga at the park & ride near Dick’s Sporting Goods store into downtown Saratoga
  • Upstate Transit Shuttles will run from the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in front of the Hall of Fame building off of Jefferson into downtown Saratoga.

Street closings on February 6 from 11 AM until 4 PM:

Top of Caroline Street from Broadway to Putnam St is closed, and the bottom of Caroline St from Putnam to Henry Street is also closed, bottom half of Phila Street from Putnam to Henry Street, Henry Street is closed from Caroline to Lake Avenue, and Ellsworth Jones Place next to the City Center is closed.

Parking Map:

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saratoga's annual chowderfest

2015 Chowderfest Winners:

People’s Choice: Druthers
People’s Choice under 1,000 bowls: West Side Sports Bar and Grill
Most Chowder Served: Druthers
Best On Broadway: Druthers
Best Off Broadway: Seven Horse Pub
Best Non Downtown: Longfellows
Best Newcomer: Three Vines
Best Dessert Chowder: TC Paris
Dog Chow Down: Lazy Dog Cookie Company

2014 Chowderfest Winners:

People’s Choice: Merry Monk
People’s Choice under 1,000 Served: Panza’s Restaurant
Most Chowder Served: Druthers
Best On Broadway:Stadium Cafe
Best Off Broadway: Olde Bryan Inn
Best Newcomer: Thirsty Owl
Best Non Downtown: Fifty South
Best Dessert:Bettie’s Cakes
Dog Chow Down: Milton Manor Pet Spa

2013 Chowderfest Winners:

People’s Choice: Seven Horse Pub
People’s Choice under 1,000 bowls Served: The Local Pub
Most Chowder Served: Parting Glass
Best On Broadway and Best Newcomer: Druthers
Best Off Broadway: Seven Horse Pub
Best Non Downtown: Longfellows
Best Dessert-Themed Chowder: Ben & Jerry’s
Dog Chow Down Winner: Impressions of Saratoga

2012 Chowderfest Winners:

People’s Choice: The Seven Horse Pub
Best On-Broadway: Cantina
Best Non-Downtown Chowder: Longfellow’s
Best Off-Broadway: The Seven Horse Pub
Best Newcomer: The Saratoga Springs Fire Department
Best Chowder-Themed Dessert: Bettie’s Cakes
Most Chowder Served: The Parting Glass
Dog Chow Down: Sloppy Kisses of Saratoga

2011 Chowderfest Winners:

People’s Choice: The Parting Glass
Best On-Broadway: Cantina
Best Off-Broadway: Seven Horse Pub
Best Non-Downtown: Longfellows Restaurant
Best Newcomer: American Culinary Federation
Most Chowder Served: The Parting Glass