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 70 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 Visitor Center and Saratoga Springs City Center. Winner Awards Ceremony in the Saratoga Springs City 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,

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Bailey’s Cafe


Bread Basket Bakery

Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn – Smoked buffalo chicken chowder

The Brook Tavern

Caroline Street Pub

Children’s Museum of Saratoga – Dessert chowder, serving from Flores Fine Art Gallery

Fifty South/Lily and the Rose – serving from City Center

Gaffney’s Restaurant

Harvey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

The Inn at Saratoga – Beef Brisket chowder

The Local Pub & Teahouse

Longfellows Restaurant

Maestro’s at the Van Dam

Max London’s Restaurant & Bar

Olde Bryan Inn

One Caroline Street Bistro

Paddock Lounge

Parting Glass

Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grill

Phila Fusion

PJ’s BAR-B-QSA – Veggie Corn Chowder with option of adding either NYS Fair Chicken, TX Beef Brisket, VA Smoked Sausage or NC Pulled Pork

Saratoga 5 Points Market & Deli

Saratoga Casino & RacewayStadium Cafe

Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant

Thirsty Owl Bistro – Seafood chowder, gluten-free


Universal Preservation Hall – Chowder by Mazzone Catering

West Stadium Sports Bar & Grill

Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar

Wine Bar

2015 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!

Impressions of Saratoga – Dog chowder

Milton Manor Pet Spa & Resort – Dog chowder served in front of Fingerpaint

Saturday, January 31:

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 149 Lake Ave. will have music, beverages, snow cones, popcorn, a couple carnival games with prizes, light snacks, and a snowman building contest with prizes (depending on the snow).
  • Nemer CJDR Saratoga will provide music, hot beverages and give-aways on Phila Street.
  • Ice Sculpture Photo Opportunity in front of Roohan Realty (519 Broadway)

Kid Activities

  • Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will have a kids activity table in front of Ben & Jerry’s (34 Phila Street)
  • Bailey’s Café will have live Breezy Hill Ranch Alpacas on the outdoor lower patio during Chowderfest. Merchandise (hats, scarves, etc.) will be available for sale.
  • Balloon Gal Jenny will be twisting up balloons into fun, unique designs from the Saratoga Springs City Center for free!
  • Transform your child into a wild animal, a beautiful fairy princess or a mighty super hero with JoJo’s Fabulous Faces at the Saratoga Springs City Center from 11-2 pm for free!



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FREE SHUTTLES back & forth from 10:00am – 6:00pm:

  • 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 January 31 from 11am until 4pm:

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.

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2015 Saratoga Winterfest Events

January 30 – February 8:

  • Friday, January 30: 11th Annual Winterfest Wine & Beer Tasting. 6-9pm at Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, $20 Single Admission or $30 per couple, Sample a selection of delicious & affordable wines and beers paired with a lavish display of savory hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds to benefit the Wesley Foundation and Relay for Life: American Cancer Society.
  • Friday, January 30th: CANdlelight Ski and Snowshoe from 6-8:30pm. Families are invited to enjoy an evening at Saratoga Spa State Park’s CANdlelight Ski and Snowshoe fundraiser event. Admission is a minimum of two canned food items. In addition to a one-mile candlelit loop, the park will be offering a bonfire, ice skating and hot food and drinks. Snowshoes will be available to rent. This event will take place at the Warming Hut. Food will be donated to the Franklin Community Center Food Pantry. Please call Alli Schweizer at (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 for more information.
  • Sunday, February 1: 16th Saratoga Winterfest 5k Snowshoe Race at Saratoga Spa State Park at 11am.
  • Sunday, February 1: Saturday, February 7: Limoncello’s Taste of Italy 3-course menu for $19.99 plus tax & gratuity,
  • Friday, February 6: Sunday, February 8: Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic – Pond Hockey Tournament. Visit the website to register and book a room,
  • Saturday, February 7: 18th Annual Bartender’s Ball at the Saratoga Springs City Center at 6:30pm. Price is $60 and proceeds will once again support Wellspring, formerly Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis.
  • Sunday, February 8: Wilton Wildlife Winterfest at Camp Saratoga from 10:00am – 2:00pm. After stepping out on the trails, warm up by the bonfire with hot cocoa and s’mores. We will have snowshoe and cross country ski rentals available if you don’t have your own.



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