The 22nd Annual Saratoga Chowderfest this Saturday, February 1st


The 2020 Saratoga Chowderfest is taking place this coming weekend! This Saturday, February 1st, 11 AM to 4 PM all over town!!!   

The event is free, family friendly, and one of the area’s most anticipated events of the year. Chowderfest features more than 80 vendors, serving up delicious samples of their soup for just $1.  You’d be surprised at how many different styles of chowder there are besides the classic New England or Manhattan style chowders. Come out to see how many different kinds you can try and vote for your favorite. Ballots will be available around Downtown Saratoga or you can vote online here

Every year thousands of happy, hungry people descend on downtown Saratoga amidst a whirlwind on food, and music, and here’s who’s making the chowder…

See the 22nd Annual Saratoga Chowderfest Participants

  • 534 Bistro: Land and Sea Chowder
  • 30 Park (serving from Embassy Suites): Mexican Streetcorn Chowder and Pilgrim Chowder
  • Adelphi Hotel: Seafood Chowder (Gluten Free)
  • Augie’s Family Style Restaurant (Serving from Roohan Realty): TBD
  • Bailey’s Cafe: Sausage Chorizo Chowder
  • The Barrelhouse: Classic Clam Chowder
  • Ben & Jerry’s: Phish “Chowder” Dessert
  • Bentley’s Tavern: Sweet Harvest Chorizo Chowder
  • Boca Bistro: TBD
  • Bookmaker’s Restaurant and Lounge: Saranac Lager Philly Cheesesteak Chowder
  • Bourbon Room: Bourbon Corn Chowder
  • Brook Tavern: Brook Tavern Burger Chowder
  • Burger Fi: Sweet and Salty Custard “Chowder” (Desset)
  • Cantina: TBD
  • Caroline Street Pub: Southwest Pork Chowder by Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill
  • Carson’s Woodside Tavern: Southwest Chicken Corn Chowder
  • The Cellar: Chorizo Sweet Potato Corn Chowder
  • Chez Pierre: Corn-Crab Chowder & Corn-Sausage Chowder
  • Chianti Il Ristorante: TBD
  • Comfort Kitchen (downstairs Saratoga Marketplace): Clams Casino Chowder
  • Courtyard by Marriott (serving from the City Center): Smoked Buffalo Chicken Chowder with Cajun chicken cracklins and buttermilk blue cheese mousse
  • Dango’s: Serving Chicken Wing Chowder
  • Diamond Club Restaurant: New England Clam Chowder, Louisiana Red Crab Chowder, Smoked Jalapeno & Aged Cheddar Chowder, and Irish Seafood Chowder
  • Dizzy Chicken: House Smoked Bacon & Poblano Chowder
  • Dock Brown’s Lakeside Tavern: Seafood Bisque
  • Druthers Brewing Company: TBD
  • Dunning Street Station: Traditional New England Clam Chowder
  • Esperanto: Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder (Gluten Free and Vegan)
  • Falafel Den: Chickpea Chowder
  • Farmers Hardware: Everything Bagel New England Clam Chowder
  • Fish at 30 Lake: Southwestern Clam Chowder
  • Fitzy’s Fork in the Road (serving from the City Center): Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potato Bisque (gluten free and vegetarian)
  • Flatbread Social: TBD
  • Forno Bistro: TBD
  • Gaffney’s: Shrimp & Crab Chowder
  • The Gideon Putnam (serving from the City Center): Reuben, Caraway Rye Croutons, Fancy Drizzle
  • Hampton Inn & Suites: Georgia Shrimp & Andouille Chowder
  • Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar: Smoked Chicken & Corn Chowder
  • Hattie’s Restaurant: Cajun Clam Chowder
  • Henry Street Taproom: TBD
  • Ice House: Southwest Smoked Chicken Corn Chowder
  • The Inn at Saratoga: Andouille Sausage & Corn Chowder
  • Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille: Jacob’s Chowder
  • Karavalli: Mulligatawny Soup
  • Kings Tavern: Loaded Baked Potato Chowder
  • Knights of Columbus (serving from the City Center): Veteran’s Freedom Chowder
  • The Local Pub & Teahouse: Irish Cuban Chowder (gluten free)
  • Longfellows: Louisiana Seafood Chowder
  • Masonic Lodge #103 (Serving from Visitor Center): New England Clam Chowder with Bacon
  • The Mercantile Kitchen + Bar: Smoked Chicken & Pork Belly Chowder
  • The Mill on Round Lake: Davey Jones Seafood Chowder
  • Mouzon House: Catfish Andouille Chowder (South of Manhattan)
  • The Night Owl: Mexican Chocolate “Chowder” Puff (Dessert)
  • Nostalgia Ale House: Pork Belly and Gnocchi Chowder
  • Olde Bryan Inn: Mexican Street Corn Chorizo Chowder
  • Panza’s Restaurant: Saranac Pork Belly Cheddar Chowder
  • The Parting Glass: Luck of the Irish Seafood Chowder
  • Peabody’s: Green Chili Corn & Potato Chowder (Vegan and Gluten Free)
  • Phila Fusion: Beef Stew Noodle Soup & Chinese Hot and Sour Soup
  • Pint Sized: Chowder by Cock ‘N Bull – Beer Braised Short Rib Chowder with Wolf Hollow spent grain croutons
  • PJ’s BAR-B-QSA: BAR-B-Q Corn Chowder (vegetarian) with option of adding chicken, brisket, sausage or pork
  • Plum Dandy: Dessert Sundae Chowder
  • Prime at Saratoga National: Chicken Matzo Ball Chowder
  • Putnam Place: Cajun Shrimp Chowder
  • Ribbon Cafe: Southwest Shrimp Corn Chowder served with tequila lime bacon and crab wonton popper
  • The Rusty Nail: Buffalo Chicken Chowder
  • Salt & Char: Smoked Bacon & Conch Topped With Corn Fritter (gluten free without fritter)
  • Saratoga 5 Points Market & Deli: Mac & Cheese Chowder
  • Saratoga City Tavern: Roasted Cauliflower and Crawfish Tail Meat Chowder infused with One With Life Organic Tequila
  • Saratoga Hilton: Cajun Corn Chowder with Seared Scallops
  • Saratoga Olive Oil: Smokey Bear Chowder
  • Saratoga Stadium: Cajun Creole Chowder
  • Scallions: Bacon Scallion Corn Chowder
  • Seneca: Wood-Grilled Shrimp & Corn Chowder
  • Side Room at the Inn at Saratoga: Andouille Sausage and Corn Chowder
  • Solevo Kitchen + Social: Clams Casino Chowder
  • Soundbar: Bourbon Corn Chowder
  • Spa Cafe on Broadway: Lobster and Shrimp Corn Chowder
  • Spa City Tap & Barrel: Buffalo Chicken Chowder from The Hideaway
  • Sperry’s: Sperry’s Manhattan Chowder
  • Spring Street Deli: Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder with Fried Tortilla
  • Sushi Thai Garden: Tom Yam Noodle Soup & Chicken Coconut Milk Soup
  • Sweet Mimi’s: Dessert Tiramisu “Chowder”
  • Tatu Tacos & Tequila: Chorizo Corn Chowder with Fried Potato Crouton
  • Thirsty Owl Bistro: Seafood Chowder
  • Three Vines: TBD
  • Vent Studio: Protein Shake “Chowder”
  • Walt & Whitman Brewing: The Original, Original Clam Chowder
  • Wasabi Restaurant: Seafood Hot Sour Soup
  • The Wesley Community (serving from the Visitor Center): Smokey Shrimp and Grilled Andouille Sausage Chowder
  • West Side Sports Bar & Grill: Westside Potato & Bacon Chowder
  • Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar: Adobo Pulled Chicken Chowder
  • Wishing Well Restaurant (serving from Hatsational): Mexican Corn Chowder

And here’s how you do it!

Pick up a ballot form at any participating restaurant. No ticket is necessary!

  1. Head to your favorite participating restaurants for a $1 cup (3oz serving) of chowder.
  2. Enjoy entertainment and free events at downtown businesses.
  3. Try as many chowders as you can and vote for your favorites.
  4. Turn in completed ballot forms at either the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center or the Saratoga City Center. You can also vote online at “” Voting ends at 5:00pm.
  5. Votes are tallied into 8 award categories
  6. See if your favorites were winners by attending the awards ceremony at the Heritage Area Visitor Center at 6:30pm.

If the thought of parking gives you too much of a headache, there will be free shuttles from the Saratoga Casino Hotel and the Wilton Mall running from 10 am to 6 pm. Saratoga Springs does have plenty of parking garages downtown if you’d rather drive. Click here for more info. In addition to all the chowder, there will be activities all over town such as live music, face painting, a photo booth, fundraising and more. The Saratoga Chowderfest is one of the most delicious and fun ways to beat those winter blues. 

I’ll come back with a full report… watch this space.

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