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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.

Sponsored by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the 18-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!

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

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

2016 Participants:

62 Beekman – Fire Roasted Garlic Corn Chowder with Bacon

Airstream Catering – Serving from the Courtyard behind Saratoga Marketplace, Bacon Cheeseburger Chowder

Bailey’s Cafe – Red Reuben Chowder

The Barrelhouse – Smoked Sausage & Potato Chowder

Ben & Jerry’sDessert Chowder – Phish Food Ice Cream, Seafoam(whipped cream) & Croutons(M&M’s)

Boca Bistro – Corn Chowder, Smoked Oyster with Chipotle Crumble

Bookmakers at Holiday Inn

Bourbon Room – Chowder by Mexican Connection

Bread Basket Bakery – Smoky Bacon Corn Chowder

The Brook Tavern – Smoked Pork & Corn Chowder

BWP, Your local Bar and Grille – Serving from City CenterCreole Spicy Crab Chowder


Caroline Street Pub – Beer, Cheese & Bacon Chowder with Pretzel Croutons, Chowder by Druthers

Carson’s Woodside Tavern – Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Soup

Chez Pierre – Corn & Crab Chowder & a Corn Chowder without Crab, $5 martinis and sliders

Chianti Il Ristorante – Smoked Berkshire Pork Belly, shredded free range Chicken, Italian Beans, Rosemary, Sage, Red Pepper Flakes, Scallion infused Oil  *Dairy & Gluten-Free

Children’s Museum of SaratogaDessert Chowder  Pudding Sundaes, Serving from City Center

Circus Cafe – Original New England Clambake Chowder

Comfort Kitchen – Classic New England Clam chowder with Oyster Cracker Crusted Oysters

Courtyard by Marriott-Saratoga Springs – Serving from City Center

Crown Grill – Grilled Corn & Jalapeno Chowder

Dango’s – Chicken Wing Chowder with Choice of Boneless or Regular Wing on top

Diamond Club Grill at Embassy Suites – Biergarten Chowder with Smoked Venison Sausage, German Ale Cream, Potatoes, Sauerkraut & Bavarian Pretzel Crouton

Dock Brown’s Lakeside Tavern  – Shrimp Corn Chowder


Esperanto – Dough Boy Chowder & a Vegan/Gluten-Free Chowder

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

Forno Bistro – Smoked Pancetta & Corn Chowder with Fried Potato Nests & Truffle Oil

Gaffney’s Restaurant – Southwest Shrimp & Grilled Corn Chowder with a Crab Popper Wonton

Halfmoon Cellars Winery – Wine & Cheese Chowder

Harvey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – House-Smoked Brisket & Corned Beef Chowder

Hattie’s Restaurant – Chorizo & Clam with Corn Bread Crumble

Henry Street Taproom

Ice House Bar & Grill – Cajun Shrimp Corn Chowder

The Inn at Saratoga

Izumi Asian Bistro & Lounge

Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille – Jacob’s Chowder(cream based with clams, oysters, whitefish, bacon, potatoes, celery, onion)

Knights of Columbus-Saratoga Springs – Serving from City Center, Veterans Freedom Chowder, Proceeds to benefit local veterans

Legends Cafe – Chorizo Corn Chowder

The Local Pub & Teahouse – Irish Gluten-Free Seafood Chowder

Longfellows Restaurant

Max London’s Restaurant & Bar – Chipotle Poblano Chowder with Pulled Chicken & Monterey Jack Cheese with Crispy Tortillas

Merry Monk

Mouzon House – Bayou Fish Chowder with Crawfish, Catfish & Alligator

Moby Rick’s Seafood – Serving from City Center, Earth & Sea Gluten Free Chowder(pork belly, mushroom, shrimp & crab)

Nove Italian Restaurant – Serving from 30 Caroline Street, their new location, Pancetta Leak Potato Chowder

Olde Bryan Inn – Scallop & Apple Chowder

Olde Saratoga Brewing Company – Smoked Cheddar, Smoked Bacon & Potato Chowder, Chowder by Skidmore College Dining Services

One Caroline Street Bistro – Manhattan-Style Blackened Catfish Chowder

Panza’s Restaurant – Kentucky Bourbon Corn Chowder with Smoked Chicken

Park Side Eatery – Smokey Chicken Nopales & Tequila Chowder

The Parting Glass

Peabody’s Sport’s Bar & Grill – Bushmills Sweet Corn Gluten Free Chowder

Phila Fusion Noodle Bar – Spicy Miso Ramen & Asian Beef Stew Noodle Soup

PJ’s BAR-B-QSA – BarBQ Chicken Chowder

Prestwick Chase at Saratoga – Serving from City Center

Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club – New England Clam Chowder

Putnam’s at The Gideon Putnam – Serving from Visitor Center

Putnam Den – Vegetarian Chowder with optional Bacon Garnish

The Reserve – Southwest Corn Chowder

Roohan Realty – Chowder by Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant

Saratoga 5 Points Market & Deli – Mac & Cheese Chowder

Saratoga City Tavern – Traditional Seafood Chowder (lobster, shrimp, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams, haddock)

Saratoga Paint & Sip

Saratoga Olive Oil

Savory Pantry – Southwest Chicken Corn Chowder topped with Jack Cheese, Scallions & Crumbled Bacon, Chowder by Hungry Spot

Serendipity Arts and Cooking Studio – Apple, Bacon, Cauliflower Gluten-Free Chowder with Alphabet Toast.  Proceeds to benefit the Saratoga Springs Public Library

Seven Horse Pub – Sea Hog Chowder with a 2016 Twist, Serving Narrangansett Beer specials

Spa City Tap and Barrel – Chowder by Nanola

Spa City Trifecta – Serving from City Center, Smoked Creamy Tomato Bisque

Sperry’s Restaurant

Stadium Cafe – Smoked Apple Cheddar with Prosciutto and Shredded Chicken

Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant – Tom Yum Noodle Soup,  Kao Soi Kai(Chicken Curry Noodle Soup) & $1 Sushi

Sweet Mimi’s Cafe – Dessert Chowder – Chocolate Mousse Cups with Signature Cookies & Hot Cocoa

TC Paris – Dessert Chowder, Serving from Pavilion Grand Hotel

The Springs – Crawfish, Clam & Bacon Chowder

Thirsty Owl Bistro

Three Vines Bistro

Universal Preservation Hall – Mazzone Catering’s Shrimp and Corn Chowder with a Chive & Black Pepper Biscuit

West Side Sports Bar & Grill – Seafood Chowder with Clams, Crab, Corn, Potato topped with Fried Cornbread Stick

Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar

Participants Serving Dog Chowder:

The Dog Chow Down Competition at the Saratoga Downtowner Motel at 1:00 PM, a contest between the stores participating in making dog chowder will compete! Mayor Yepsen’s dog Sasha will pick the winner.
Impressions of Saratoga

Milton Manor Pet Spa & Resort – Serving from Fingerpaint

Saturday, February 6:

  • Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library are selling cookbooks from their Friends Book Shop at Serendipity Arts Studio
  • Stat Staff Professionals are selling bottled water for $1 in front of Gaffneys. All proceeds going to Franklin Community Center.  Come get a bottle of water and support a great cause!
  • Live Breezy Hill Ranch Alpacas on the outdoor lower patio of Bailey’s Cafe. Merchandise will be available
  • New Life Fellowship Church will hand out hot chocolate and cookies at Universal Preservation Hall, tours available
  • Time Warner Cable News at the City Center. They’ll have promotional material to hand out and meet and greets with anchors and reporters. Stop over and say Hi!
  • Lia Auto Group will be on Henry Street with giveaways and shiny new cars!

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Photo Op

  • Ice Sculptures on the Visitor Center lawn – sponsored by The Ice Man and Prestwick Chase
  • Look for Clammy and Tall Boy (Narragansett Brewing Company) and get a picture with these fun characters
  • A Times Union photog will be out and about, photos will be posted in their “Seen Gallery” on
  • On The Spot Photos in front of Impressions of Saratoga from 11 AM-5 PM
  • Get your photo taken with Snoopy, made from ice in front of Roohan Realty
  • Capital DJ’s Open Air Photobooth with Green Screen 4×6 Photos at the Visitor Center

Kid Activities

  • Ice Sculptures on the Visitor Center lawn – sponsored by The Ice Man and Prestwick Chase
  • The Wilton Wildlife Preserve will have kid’s activities in front of Ben & Jerry’s

FREE Kids Zone inside the Saratoga Hilton Gallery from 11-2 PM:

  • Balloon Gal Jenny will be twisting balloons. Bring the kids to get their custom balloon in the Kids Zone!
  • JoJo’s Fabulous Faces will be creating masterpieces. The kids love having their faces turned into their favorite animal, fairy, superhero, etc!
  • Tiny Tots Tea Room, from 11-4 PM. Come let you child wiggle and jiggle while playing on the Indoor Play Area. Many thanks to Sari and crew from Tiny Tots Tea Room for providing this for our youngest Chowderheads!


Chowderfest Winners

2016 Saratoga Chowderfest Hotel Specials

Rates based on availability. Book your Room!


2016 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 and Raceway 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

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2016 Saratoga Winterfest Events

February 5-14:

12th Annual Winterfest Wine & Beer Tasting – Friday, February 5, 6-9 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.

Candlelight Ski & Snowshow – Friday, February 5, 6-8:30 PM at Saratoga Spa State Park
Bring the whole family to enjoy! In addition to a one-mile candlelit loop, there will be a bonfire, ice skating and hot food and drinks. Snowshoes available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring a minimum of two canned food items to be donated to the Franklin Community Center Food Pantry.

19th Annual Bartender’s Ball “Fire and Ice” – Saturday, February 6, 6:30-12 AM at Saratoga Springs City Center
Dress to impress in a cool white, an ice blue, or a fiery red!  The evening will feature dinner,  gambling tables provided by by the Lions Club of Saratoga, and dancing to the live music by the Audiostars. $60 per person, tables of 10 encouraged.

Wilton Wildlife’s Winterfest – Sunday February 7, 10:00 AM-2:00 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.

Kids Night Out: Glow Party – Friday, February 12, 6 PM-9 PM at The Children’s Museum
Drop the kids off at The Children’s Museum for a fun-filled evening so you can go downtown for a date-night, get some errands done, or just relax! For only $15 your child will get to play in our hands-on exhibits, enjoy a pizza dinner, socialize, and party! Our community room will be transformed with black lights, glow sticks, and fun-filled activities. For a fraction of what you would pay for a babysitter, your kids will have twice as much fun! Children must be potty trained. Space is limited, if interested call the Museum at (518) 584-5540 to sign your child up no later than Tuesday, February 9th.  Pre-registration required, ages 4 & up. $15 per child ($12 for members)

Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic Pond Hockey Tournament – Rescheduled to February 26-28, 2016 at Saratoga Spa State Park
Visit the website to register and book a room,

The Flurry -Annual Dance & Music Festival – February 12-14 at The Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs City Center and various downtown locations,
Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a great weekend of dancing, dipping and whirling with thousands of other spirited dancers! In its 29th year, the Flurry Festival in Spa City has engaged thousands in dance and music from all over the world. Tickets are available as full weekend passes or day passes with special discounts for students, children, miltary and seniors.



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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