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.

Numerous local retailers participate in the day's activities with a citywide sidewalk sale. It's a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun!

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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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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. 


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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Enjoy over 20 tastings throughout downtown Troy at participating competitor locations

The Beer Diviner | 461 Broadway
Divine BBC Chowder, Divine Beer/Bacon/Roasted Corn Chowder
Chef: Matt Malone

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

B-Rad's Bistro & Catering | 24 4th St.
Caramelized Vidalia Onion, Smoked Shrimp and Crispy Chorizo chowder
Chef: Brad Stevens

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

Capital District EOC | Green Island Bridge Parking Lot
Romanesco Clam Chowder
Chef: Joe Forget

Hooked Seafood Co. | Monument Square
Coconut Curry with Halibut and Scallops Bisque, SEA
Chef: Kate Haskins

Hudson-Chatham Winery | 203 River St. 
Collar City Seyval Blanc Fish & Potato Stew, SEA
Chef: Dominique DeVito

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

Muddaddy Flats | 49 3rd St.
Gingered Carrot & Kale Chowder, VEG
Fish Chowder, SEA
Chef: Dan Frament

O'Brien's Public House | 43 3rd St. 
Shepard's Pie Chowder
Chef: Terry O'Brien

Plumb Restaurant & Bar | 15 2nd St. 
Detroit Style Clam Chowder, SEA
Chef: Brandon Schatko

PRIME at Hudson Valley community College, Mazzone Hospitality | Monument Square
The Breakaway, New England Clam Chowder, SEA
Can I Bayou Chowda?, Jambalaya Style Chowder
Chef: John Simmons

Rivers Casino & Resort | Monument Square
Chowder De Rabiosa, Smoked Chicken Green Chile Chowder
Chef: Brad Holub

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

The Ruck | 104 3rd St. 
Roasted Brussels Sprout & Cheddar Chowder, VEG
Chef: Rachel Mabb

Ryan's Wake | 403 River St. 
Wake Up the Bayou Chowder
Chef: James McCarthy

Sodexo, The Sage Colleges Dining Services | Monument Square
Sweet Potato & Gouda Chowder, VEG
Chef: Gillian Manna

The Shop | 135 4th St. 
Mexican Street Corn Chowder, VEG
Traditional Smoked Haddock Chowder
Chef: Richard Matthews

Troy Boys & Girls Club | Monument Square
Chicken & Waffles
Chef: Chris Sky

Whole Foods Market, Albany | Monument Square
Butternut Squash, Corn & Kale Chowder
Chef: Vince Iannacito


Judge’s Choice: 1st Place: Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, Chowder de Rabiosa (Smoked chicken and Green Chile Chowder)
Judge’s Choice: 2nd Place: The Shop, Smoked Haddock Chowder
Judge’s Choice: 3rd Place: Hooked Seafood Co., Coconut Curry Chowder with Halibut and Scallops
Best Vegetarian: The Ruck, Roasted Brussell Sprout & Cheddar Chowder
Most Original: Hooked Seafood Co., Coconut Curry Chowder with Halibut and Scallops
Best Seafood: The Shop, Smoked Haddock Chowder
Best Booth: Bootleggers On Broadway
The People’s Choice: McGreivey's, Buffalo Chicken Chowder

2017 ChowderFest Judges ... 2018 JUDGES COMING SOON!

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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.