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Saratoga Chowderfest is Saturday, February 4, 2017



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 80 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.

Presented by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau and DeCrescente Distributing Company, the 19-year anniversary of Saratoga Chowderfest starts at approximately 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature live music, family-friendly activities and, of course, a wide variety of chowders. Even dogs are welcome—establishments offer doggy chowder and a dog chow down competition!

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 chowders for a $1 a cup (3 oz. serving) and vote for your favorite!
  • You can vote for your favorite online at or vote on the ballot and drop it off at Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center or Saratoga Hilton where you can also purchase your official Chowderfest Long-sleeve T-shirt for $10 (XXL $12). Limited beanies will also be for sale for $5
  • Winner Awards Ceremony in the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center at 6:30 PM

2017 Participants:




Saturday, February 4:

Follow the Official Facebook Event Page

Photo Op

Kid Activities


Chowderfest Winners

2017 Saratoga Chowderfest Hotel Specials

Rates based on availability. Book your Rooms!


2017 Chowderfest Parking

FREE Park & Ride Shuttles 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 to the post office downtown.
  • Upstate Transit Shuttles will run from the Saratoga Casino Hotel at the Crescent Ave. entrance at the CDTA/MegaBus parking area (look for signs) to Congress Park.

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

Top of Caroline Street from Broadway to Putnam Street
Bottom of Caroline St from Putnam to Henry Street
Bottom half of Phila Street from Putnam to Henry Street
Henry Street from Caroline to Lake Avenue
Ellsworth Jones Place next to the City Center

Participant & Parking Map:



2017 Chowderfest Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsor:




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2017 Saratoga Winterfest Events

February 3-12:

13th Annual Winterfest Wine & Beer Tasting – Friday, February 3, 6-8 PM at Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs
Sample a selection of delicious & affordable wines and beers paired with a lavish display of savory hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds to benefit Wesley Foundation and Relay for Life: American Cancer Society. $20 Single Admission or $30 per couple.

Psychic to the Stars, Rebecca Fearing – Saturday, February 4, Doors open at 5PM. Psychic to the Stars, Rebecca Fearing at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Tickets:

Candlelight Ski & Snowshow

19th Annual Bartender’s Ball – Saturday, February 11, 6:30-12 AM at Saratoga Springs City Center
The evening will feature dinner, a VIP lounge, and dancing to the live music by Grand Central Station Band. $60 per person, tables of 10 encouraged for $600. Danceside tables for $650.

Wilton Wildlife’s Winterfest – Saturday, February 11, 6:00 PM at Camp Saratoga
Join us outside for a day of snowy fun! Snowshoes and Cross Country Skis will be available for rental from the Information Cabin in Parking Lot #1 on Scout Road. Rentals are $5.00 per pair for use during the event or free (as always) for members. After stepping out on the trails, there will be a bonfire at the old Scout Camp’s Council Fire circle where participants can warm up by the bonfire with hot cocoa and s’mores. No registration is necessary for this drop-in, FREE event.

Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic Pond Hockey Tournament – February 10-12 at Saratoga Spa State Park
Visit the website to register and book a room,

The Flurry -Annual Dance & Music Festival – February 17-19 at The Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs City Center and various downtown locations,



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2016 Chowderfest Winners:

People’s Choice: Gaffney’s Restaurant, Southwest Shrimp & Grilled Corn Chowder with a Crab Popper Wonton
People’s Choice under 1,000 bowls: Dock Browns Lakeside Tavern, Shrimp Corn Chowder
Most Chowder Served: Druthers, Southwest Chowder
Best On Broadway: Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden
Best Off Broadway: West Side Stadium, Seafood Chowder with Clams, Crab, Corn, Potato topped with Fried Cornbread Stick
Best Non Downtown: Dock Browns Lakeside Tavern, Shrimp Corn Chowder
Best Newcomer: Carson’s Woodside Tavern, Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Soup
Best Dessert Chowder: TC Paris, Mini Tirami-sea Cupcake

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