12th Annual Chowderfest

Sunday, October 7 | 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Monument Square & Throughout Downtown Troy

The 12th Annual Troy ChowderFest welcomes over 15,000 chowder-lovers who 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!

SHOP . DINE . EXPLORE DOWNTOWN TROY!

16 Competitors . 22 Chowders

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CHOWDERFEST IS ECO-FRIENDLY!

ChowderFest is excited to work with foodscraps360 this year to provide composting stations throughout downtown. All competitors will be supplied with compostable cups and utensils so keep an eye out for composting bins around downtown to properly dispose of your waste!

Interested in helping the cause? Contact info@troybid.org to volunteer with foodscraps360 and help your community learn more about composting!

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PURCHASING TICKETS

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. 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

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. 

GETTING AROUND TOWN

Hop on the Chowder Trolley! Stops will be made at, or close by each of the competitor restaurants. Tickets WILL NOT be sold on the shuttle so you must purchase them ahead of time at one of the three locations listed above, prior to getting on the shuttle.  

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ENTERTAINMENT

Monument Square

12:00pm to 1:00pm | Caroline MotherJudge

1:30pm to 2:30pm | Hastey Page

3:00pm to 4:00pm | Mario Sevayega

DJs AROUND TOWN

Intell Hayesfield
DJ Session
DJ AyO
DJ Jennifer Haley

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

Magic & Illusions by Jeffery Jene | Magic & Illusion
Ragliacci Rags
Caricatures by Mark Brennan
Pumpkin Painting with
Bash Birthday Parties
Face Painting with
JoJo's Fabulous Faces


2018 CHOWDER COMPETITION

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

Bootleggers Bar + Grill | 200 Broadway
Buffalo Chicken Chowder
Chef: Troy Barrington Sr.

Bountiful Bread | Monument Square
Smokey Seafood Chowder, SEA
Chef: Riyonna Caswell

B-Rad's Bistro & Catering | 333 Broadway
Seafood Chowder, SEA
Martha’s Vineyard Fried Clam Chowder, SEA
Chef: Brad Stevens

Brown's Brewing Co. | 417 River St.
Reuben Chowder
Chef: Melissa Doney

Hooked Seafood Co. (and Lorde & Montague, Troy, NY) | Monument Square
Coconut Curry Seafood Bisque, SEA
Roasted Italian Vegetable with Prosciutto
Chef: Kate Haskins

Hudson-Chatham Winery | 203 River St. 
Hudson Chatham Seyval Blanc (white wine, corn, shrimp, seafood and chorizo chowder), SEA
Chef: Dominique DeVito

McGreivey's | Monument Square
Buffalo Chicken Chowder
Chef: Chris Zlotnick

Muddaddy Flats | 49 3rd St.
New England Clam Chowder, SEA
New England “Clam” Chowder, VEGAN
Chef: Dan Frament

Plumb Restaurant & Bar | 15 2nd St. 
Cajun Crawfish Chowder, SEA
Oyster Chowder, SEA
Chef: Eric Murtagh

Rare Form Brewing Co. with Field Notes | 90 Congress St.
From The Farm Corn Chowder, VEG
From The Farm Corn Chowder, VEGAN
Chef: Joan Porambo & Kyle McPherson

Rivers Casino & Resort | Monument Square
La Rabiosa (Mexican Green Chile Smoked Chicken Chowder)
Chef: Brad Holub

River Street Pub | 194 River St.
Manhattan Clam Chowder, SEA
Chef: Vince Pellicano

The Ruck | 104 3rd St. 
Sweet Potato, Apple and Chipotle Chowder, VEG, GF
Chef: Rachel Mabb

Ryan's Wake | 403 River St. 
Ancho Chile Corn Chowder w/ crispy tortilla strips & Carnitas
Chef: James McCarthy

The Shop | 135 4th St. 
New England Clam Bake Chowder, SEA
Vegan Chicken Autumn Harvest Chowder, VEGAN
Chef: Richard Matthews

Tara Kitchen Troy | 172 River St.
Moroccan Harira Chowder, VEGAN, GF
Chef: Josh Gabri


2018 ChowderFest Judges

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!


Parking

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.


CONGRATULATIONS 2018 Winners!!

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