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One Month Away From Chowderfest

January 3, 2013

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When it comes to events in Saratoga, there’s nothing like this one. There’s really no way to describe how excited I am for Chowderfest 2013. It’s my favorite day of the year, and that’s a fact. The chowder is always delicious, the crowd is great and seeing everyone come out in the middle of the winter for mini cups of soup is really quite amazing. With less than a month until this glorious day, I want everyone to make sure they have Saturday, February 2nd marked off on their calendars. If you have something planned for that day besides Chowderfest saratoga style, then you most definitely need to cancel what you have planned.

So far this year, we have the following restaurants participating in Chowderfest:

  • American Culinary Federation (Glens Falls Chapter)
  • American Red Cross
  • Bailey’s Cafe
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Saratoga
  • Bettie’s Cakes
  • Boca Bistro
  • Bon Ton Fish Market (serving from Hungry Spot Cafe)
  • Bookmakers at Holiday Inn
  • Bread Basket Bakery
  • Cantina
  • Celtic Treasures
  • Chez Pierre
  • Chianti Ristorante
  • Children’s Museum of Saratoga
  • Circus Cafe
  • Comfort Kitchen
  • Dango’s
  • Druthers Brewing Company
  • Esperanto
  • Fifty South
  • Gaffney’s Restaurant
  • Hattie’s Restaurant
  • Henry Street Taproom
  • The Ice House
  • Inn at Saratoga
  • Irish Times Pub and Restaurant
  • Izumi Asian Bistro
  • Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille
  • Lillian’s Restaurant
  • The Local Pub & Teahouse
  • Longfellows Restaurant
  • Maestro’s
  • Max London’s
  • The Mine
  • Moby Rick’s Seafood (serving from Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio)
  • Nove Restaurant (serving from the City Center)
  • Old Bryan Inn
  • Olde Saratoga Brewing Company
  • Paddock Lounge
  • Panza’s Restaurant & Catering
  • Parting Glass
  • Peabody’s Sports Bar and Grille
  • Phila Fusion
  • PJ’s BAR-B-QSA
  • Plum Dandy
  • Prestwick Chase at Saratoga (serving from the City Center)
  • Prime at Saratoga National
  • Putnam’s (serving from the City Center)
  • Saratoga Casino & Raceway (serving from the City Center)
  • Saratoga City Tavern
  • Saratoga Downtowner Motel
  • Saratoga Springs Fire Department Station #1
  • Scallions Restaurant
  • Seven Horse Pub
  • Sperry’s Restaurant
  • The Stadium Cafe
  • Starting Gate Bar & Grill
  • Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant
  • Uno Chicago Grill (serving from Thirteen)
  • West Side Stadium
  • Wheatfield’s Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Wheatfield’s Restaurant & Bar
  • The Wine Bar

Looking back to last year, my favorite for the second year in a row was Sperry’s (out of the four chowders I actually had the chance to try). I also really enjoyed the chowder from the Ice House, which I always look forward to because it’s consistently “uniquely fantastic”, as I put it in last years write-up.

As we get closer, I’ll update the participating restaurants, but for now… get your calendars cleared and join me for the Saratoga County 2013 Chowderfest!

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  • Reply eliotcresswell January 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I hate to be Debbie Downer here cuz I dig your blog…but this event is on the verge of outgrowing its appeal. A friend of mine said it best: “If you want to go to Chowderfest to hang out in a bar and drink with friends, it’s great. If you want to go for the chowder, it’s a pure clusterf**k.”

    • Reply ashleydingeman January 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      First off, thanks for digging my blog! Second, I’m not going to disagree with you, the lines are ridiculously long and for the years when it’s freezing out, it’s almost unbearable. However, I still love Chowderfest, and even if I only get to try 4 or 5 chowders, the experience is totally worth it! But if you’re not up for the lines or the cold, drinking downtown is always a great second option. Cheers!

  • Reply chrismkerrigan January 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I need to make it a resolution this year NOT to miss it. I’ve missed Chowderfest the past two years 🙁

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