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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.

We encourage dog-owners to please leave your pets at home, for safety reasons.

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:

2017 Participants:

Participants Serving at City Center:

23rd and Fourth – Chowder by Next Door Kitchen,  Smoked haddock chowder

Augie’s Family Style Restaurant – Serving in front of Roohan Realty

Bailey’s Saratoga

The Barrelhouse

Ben & Jerry’s – Dessert Chowder

Bentley’s Tavern

Boca Bistro – Bacon and corn clam chowder with a cheddar biscuit

Bookmakers at Holiday Inn – New England clam chowder

The Bourbon Room – Chowder by Mexican Connection, bourbon bacon chowder

Bread Basket Bakery

The Brook Tavern – Caribbean sweet potato chowder

BurgerFi – Cheeseburger beer chowder

Campagna Restaurant

Caroline Street Pub – Reuben chowder

Carson’s Woodside Tavern – Jalapeno corn chowder

Chez Pierre – Crabby swiss chowder

Chianti Il Ristorante – Italian Bean and house-smoked sausage chowder

Circus Café – New England clambake chowder

Comfort Kitchen

Dango’s – Chicken wing chowder

Diamond Club Grill – 4 choice chowder

Dock Brown’s Lakeside Tavern – Cheesy chicken and potato corn chowder


Dunning Street Station Bar & Grill


Fish at 30 Lake – Clam chowder

Forno Bistro – Italian wedding chowder serviced over rice with housemade semolina crackers

Gaffney’s Restaurant – Southwest shrimp corn chowder with tequila, bacon, and tequila wonton

Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar – Smoked chicken chowder

Healthy Living Market and Cafe (at Wilton Mall) – Vegan corn chowder or white chicken chowder

Hungry Spot Cafe – Buffalo chicken chowder

The Ice House Bar & Grill – Southwest corn chowder with either smoked chicken or pork

Izumi Asian Bistro

Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille – Jacob’s chowder

Karavalli Regional Cuisine of India – Mulligatawney soup

The Local Pub & Teahouse– Vermont heady chowder

Longfellows Restaurant – Pork belly sea scallop chowder

The Mill on Round Lake

Moby Rick’s Seafood – Serving from Savory Pantry

Mouzon House – South of Manhattan chowder

Olde Bryan Inn – BLT chowder

Olde Saratoga Brewing Company – Chowder by Skidmore College

One Caroline Street Bistro – Shrimp, corn & poblano chowder

Panza’s Restaurant

Park Side Eatery

Parting Glass

Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grill – Smoked crab with sweet corn topped with Irish whiskey crackers

Phila Fusion Noodle Bar

PJ’s BAR-B-QSA – Veggie Corn Chowder with optional choice of BBQ meats -NY State Fair chicken, TX Beef Brisket, VA Smoked Sausage, NC Pork

Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club – Smoked seafood chowder

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

Ravenous – Dessert chowder

The Reserve – Smoked bacon & corn chowder

Saratoga 5 Points Market & Deli – Mac & cheese chowder

Saratoga City Tavern

Saratoga Stadium – Smoked chicken chowder

Seven Horse Pub

The Side Room at the Inn at Saratoga – Roasted corn and andouille sausage

Spa City Tap & Barrel – Chowder by Mexican Connection, Dos Equis beer chowder

The Springs (inside Saratoga Hilton) – Land and sea chowder

Sushi Thai

Sweet Mimi’s Café

Thirsty Owl Bistro – Seafood chowder

Three Vines Bistro

Universal Preservation Hall – Chowder by Mazzone Catering

The Wesley Community – Oh, so good New England clam chowder

West Side Sports Bar & Grill

Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar – Loaded baked potato chowder

Wishing Well Restaurant – Serving from Hat sational, Northwest salmon chowder

Saturday, February 4:

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  • Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter are selling hot coco & water to raise funds for the shelter & will have adoptable animals & info at Impressions
  • The North Country Wildcats 10 softball team is selling water in front of Ben & Jerry’s.
  • New Life Fellowship Church is serving free cups of hot cocoa & cookies inside Universal Preservation Hall
  • Newberry Music Hall is hosting a Motown party with the dance floor open & also showing Stand-Up Comedy clips in The Comedy Works (with plenty of seating).

Street closings from 11 AM–4 PM:

  • New This Year! Maple Avenue from Lake Avenue to Phila Street
  • 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

Photo Op

Kid Activities

  • A New England Nanny caregivers are supervising kid’s games on the patio behind the Visitor Center.
  • Face Painters, characters, and a hot chocolate station at Putnam Den.
  • Katrina Trask Nursery School have kid’s activities inside the City Center.
  • JoJo the Face Painter and Balloon Gal Jenny are inside the City Center.
  • 23rd and Fourth (new location at 130 Excelsior) have face painting from 11-1, helium balloons & chowder, proceeds from chowder donated to Jake’s Help from Heaven


  • Visitor Center- Capital Disc Jockeys (10 AM-7 PM) Billboard songs from yesterday & today
  • Henry Street- FLY 92 (11 AM-4 PM) Top 40 and Pop with Urban Edge
  • City Center- Rewind 105.7 (11 AM-4 PM) Hits from the 80’s, 90’s & More
  • Ellsworth Jones Place- Q103 (11AM-4 PM) Rock Music
  • Downtowner Motel- WGNA (11 AM-4 PM) Country Music
  • Top of Caroline St. – 101.3 The Jockey (11 AM-1 PM) 80’s, 90’s, 2K & today
    – WRVE The River (1 PM-4 PM) Today’s Variety
  • Bottom of Caroline St. – WPYX (11 AM-4 PM) Classic Rock
  • Bottom of Phila St. – KISS FM (11 AM-4 PM) All the Hits
  • Visitor Center lawn – The SSHS Fiddle Club is raising funds for their trip to Ireland.
  • Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club – Live music by Dan Sherwin
  • Gaffney’s Restaurant – Live music by Jeff Brisbin, 12- 4
  • Carson’s Woodside Tavern – Live music by Nate, 12-3
  • Universal Preservation Hall – Delphino, a local Indie Rock Band

Chowderfest Winners

  • Winners will be announced at the Visitor Center at 6:30 pm on the day of the event.
  • Music by Capital Disc Jockeys
  • Public and Media invited!

2017 Saratoga Chowderfest Hotel Specials

Rates based on availability. Book your Rooms!


2017 Chowderfest Transportation

FREE Park & Ride Shuttles from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM:


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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.

Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe – Friday, February 3, 6-8:30 PM at Saratoga Spa State Park
Please bring minimum of 2 canned food items to be donated to Franklin Community Center. 1-Mile candlelit loop, bonfire, ice skating and hot food and drinks! Snowshoes available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Vapor Night Club/Saratoga Casino Hotel Specials – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 3, 4 & 5, Click Here for Details!

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

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,

Saratoga Beer Week – February 21-25 at The Saratoga Springs City Center,





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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

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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