2019 ChowderFest_Facebook Cover.jpg

The 13th Annual Troy ChowderFest welcomes chowder-lovers to turn out and judge some of the best chowder in the area. Centered in Monument Square, guests purchase their tickets, explore the vendors and travel to the participating Downtown Troy restaurants distributing chowder from their establishments. It's a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun!


Many Competitors . Lots of Chowders


Judge’s Choice: 1st Place: Tara Kitchen, Casablanca Chowder                                   
Judge’s Choice: 2nd Place: Schenectady County Community College Food Truck, Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder w/ a Shrimp and Corn Fritter
Judge’s Choice: 3rd Place: The Ruck, Coconut Gochujang Sweet Potato Chowder
Best Vegetarian: The Ruck, Coconut Gochujang Sweet Potato Chowder
Most Original: The Ruck, Coconut Gochujang Sweet Potato Chowder
Best Seafood: Tara Kitchen, Casablanca Chowder
Best Booth: Bootlegger’s On Broadway
The People’s Choice: Bootleggers on Broadway, Lobster Roasted Corn Chowder w/ Cornbread Crouton


Purchase your $1 Chowder Tickets in Monument Square, Barker Park, or the Green Island Bridge Parking lot starting at 12:00pm through 3:30pm. Once you have received your tickets, redeem them for a 3 oz chowder sample at competitor locations. ONLY PURCHASE WHAT YOU WILL USE. NO REFUNDS.

Credit Cards will NOT be accepted. There will be an ATM located in monument square and banks are located throughout downtown Troy for cash needs. 


Make your vote known by picking up a People's Choice ballot with your tickets. Taste your way through downtown Troy and return your ballot to an information tent by 4:00pm! 

People's Choice will be announced following the festival through social media. All other awards will be announced on the Monument Square stage at 4:00pm. 

2019 MAP & KEY


Monument Square

12:00pm to 1:00pm | Pony In The Pancake
1:30pm to 2:30pm | The Age
3:00pm to 4:00pm | Hartley’s Encore


DJ Trumastr | Troy Innovation Garage
Radio Radio X & River Street Beat Shop | River Street Beat Shop
Intell Hayesfield | McAddy’s Pub
DJ Debonair | Barker Park

Click on the images to learn more...


Thank you to our Sponsors!

bash birthday parties.jpg
PENDING_ChowderFest - Stewarts Shops.png

Click on the images to learn more...


Enjoy over 19 tastings throughout downtown Troy at participating competitor locations!

Bard & Baker | 501 Broadway
Chicken Sweet Corn Chowder
Vegan Käse Biersuppe, a vegan-friendly “cheddar” ale soup, VEGAN
Chef: Bryan Connor & Lo Piska

Barn & Bistro| Monument Square
Seafood Chowder w/ Orzo, SEA
Chef: Frank and Regina Bryant

Bootleggers Bar + Grill | 200 Broadway
Lobster Roasted Corn Chowder w/ Cornbread Crouton, SEA
Chef: Troy Barrington Sr.

Bountiful Bread | Monument Square
Wild Mushroom Fajita Chowder, VEG
Lobster French Onion Chowder, SEA
Chefs: Nicholas Meola & Anthony Benamati

Boys & Girls Club of The Capital Area |Monument Square
Thai Shrimp Corn Chowder, SEA
Chef: Chris Sky

Brown's Brewing Co. | 417 River St
Oatmeal Stout Brat and Cheddar
Harvest Corn, White Bean, Sweet Potato and Brown’s Oktoberfest Chowder, VEG
Chef: Matt Nielsen

Dinosaur BBQ Troy| 377 River St
Southwestern Brisket Chowder, Spicy
Chef: Dennis Boodrow

Hudson-Chatham Winery | 203 River St
White Corn and Wine Harvest Chowder, VEGAN
Chef: Dominique DeVito

McAddy’s Pub | 452 Broadway
Corn Chowder, VEG
Sweet Potato Curry Chowder, VEG
Chef: Rudy June

Muddaddy Flats | 49 3rd St
Ham & Potato Chowder
Potato & Leek Chowder, VEG
Chef: Dan Frament

Plumb Restaurant & Bar | 15 2nd St
Oyster Chowder, SEA
Chef: Rachel Bartlett

Rare Form Brewing Company | 90 Congress St
Confetti Corn Chowder made w/ our Confetti Mexican Lager
Manhattan Chowder w/ Smoked Mussels
Chef: Ian Brower

The Ruck | 104 3rd St
Coconut Gochujang Sweet Potato, VEGAN, GF
Chicken & Green Chili Chowder
Chef : Rachel Mabb

Ryan's Wake | 403 River St
New England Clam Chowder, SEA
Chef: James McCarthy

SCCC Food Truck | Troy Innovation Garage at 24 4th St
Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder with a Shrimp and Corn Fritter, SEA
Green Chile and Chicken Chowder
Chef: SCCC Culinary Students

Slidin’ Dirty | 9 1st St
Cheeseburger Chowder
Chef: Tim Taney

Tara Kitchen Troy | 172 River St
Casablanca Seafood Chowder, SEA
Chef: Josh Gabri

2019 ChowderFest Judges

Click on the images to learn more...



Parking in the Central Business District is limited to two (2) hours from 9:00am-5:00pm and four (4) hours in the areas designated by metered pay stations. There are also approximately 1,000 parking spots in the City’s 7 parking garages located on Fifth Avenue & Broadway, First Street next to the YWCA, Congress Street & Fifth Avenue, Front Street behind The Arts Center, State & River Streets, and River Street next to the Green Island Bridge.  Parking is free on nights and weekends in City of Troy parking garages and lots. A map of the available parking locations can be found HERE.

Alternative Transportation

Why not ride the bus? Plan your trip HERE with CDTA. 

Event Rules

Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, bags, containers, packages, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans, flasks, glass containers of any kind; animals or pets* allowed at the event; Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items. (*Excludes ADA-defined service animals. Ground rules are subject to change without notice; Exceptions made for medical or child care reasons - may be addressed individually)

All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time and wear BID-provided identifying bracelet at all times within event grounds if they intend to consume alcohol. Any attendee caught by security personnel consuming alcohol without a bracelet will be escorted out of the event area.


Judge’s Choice: 1st Place: The Shop, Vegan Chicken Autumn Harvest Chowder 
Judge’s Choice: 2nd Place: The Ruck, Sweet Potato, Apple and Chipotle Chowder
Judge’s Choice: 3rd Place: Brown's Brewing Company, Reuben Chowder
Best Vegetarian: The Shop, Vegan Chicken Autumn Harvest Chowder 
Most Original: Brown's Brewing Company, Reuben Chowder
Best Seafood: Bountiful Bread, Smokey Seafood Chowder
Best Booth: Bootleggers On Broadway
The People’s Choice: Bootleggers On Broadway, Buffalo Chicken Chowder