Flash Gallery: Chowderfest 2023

The Big Stats:

  • 82 vendors including 13 first-time Chowderfest participants
  • 111,639 bowls of chowder served
  • 35,000-40,000 people attended the event

(Soruce: Discover Saratoga)

People’s Choice Winners List Below Gallery

Photos by Jill Perkins…
… and Arthur Gonick

{{Editor’s Note: This was a day where you can truly say everybody won. Under optimal, better than seasonal weather, approximately 40,000 in attendance enjoyed chowder throughout Downtown Saratoga Springs and the surrounding towns on Saturday, February 11.

Jill Perkins and myself cut a wide swath through the festivities – going from 9 Miles East (featuring a delicious Thai Coconut Chowder); through a decent chunk of downtown (highlighted by back-to-back crab and corn chowder, in a lobster bisque from Spa Catholic – which was raising funds for a Disney trip in front of Encounter Boutique – and a somewhat spicier chipotle chicken corn version next door at Spa Cafe`; and then proceeding South out of town for Dock Brown’s Cubano Chowder (with 2 types of Bacon if your keeping score) and the traditional classic Lobster and Shrimp Chowder at Dunning Street Station.

Though this year, we did not visit any of the “People’s Choice’s,” there is no way you could say we weren’t winners on this afternoon. Enjoy our gallery, and congratulations to everyone at Discover Saratoga, for pulling off another big, beautiful bash!}}- AG

Gallery: Saratoga’s 24 Annual Chowderfest – 2/11/2023


SARATOGA SPRINGS – Discover Saratoga is excited to announce the winners of Saratoga Chowderfest, which was held Saturday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event-goers sampled a variety of chowder from participating vendors and voted for their favorite. Winners were chosen in eight different categories, which were announced at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center during the Annual Award Ceremony on Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. The 2023 Chowderfest winners are:

  • People’s Choice 500 bowls or less: Artisanal Brew Works, Roasted Chicken, Corn & Potato Chowder
  • People’s Choice 501-750 bowls: The Mill on Round Lake, Balboa Chowder
  • People’s Choice 751-1,000 bowls: Thirsty Owl Bistro, Crab and Corn Chowder with Candied Bacon
  • People’s Choice 1,001-1,500 bowls: Rhea, Seafood Ramen
  • People’s Choice 1,501- 2,000 bowls: Salt & Char, Country Ham Chowder
  • People’s Choice 2,001-3,000 bowls: Henry Street Taproom, Roasted Brussels Sprout and Bacon Chowder With Fried Chicken Bites and Hot Honey
  • People’s Choice 3,001-4,000 bowls: West Ave Pizza, Ravioli Chowder
  • People’s Choice 4,001+ bowls: Druthers Brewing Company, Shrimp, Crab and Corn Chowder with a Lobster Hush Puppy

2023 Chowderfest Highlights:

  • 82 vendors including 13 first-time Chowderfest participants
  • 111,639 bowls of chowder served
  • 35,000-40,000 people attended the event

“What a great year for Chowderfest,” said Discover Saratoga President Darryl Leggieri. “We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Discover Saratoga would like to thank everyone who participated, sponsored, volunteered, and celebrated Chowderfest. Your support is truly appreciated. And special thank you to our city officials, police, fire, EMS, and DPW departments for your contribution to this event. It wouldn’t have been a success without you!”

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