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It's Soup for the People!

Going into its eighth year for 2014, the Troy Chowderfest welcomes chowder-lovers throughout Capital Region to come out and judge who has the best chowder in the area. On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend (Ocotber 12, 2014), from 12-4pm, over 30 restaurants fill Riverfront Park, with decorated booths and all sorts of creative chowders. It's a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun!

Prizes are awarded for best seafood, vegetarian, most original and overall favorite – judged by a secret panel of local restaurant critics. Festival-goers are able to vote on the coveted 'People's Choice' award.

::: Music Line Up :::

12-2PM   Rich Ortiz

2-4PM     Out of Control Rythym & Blues Band

Here's How it Works:

Buy as many chowder tasting tickets as you'd like! $1 = One ticket = 1 cup of chowder. 15 festival goers will be chosen at random to participate in a blind taste test to judge the People's Choice Competition. 


Competitors will be announced soon!


2014 Judges Panel

Jackie BaldwinJackie Baldwin

Executive Chef - Sodexo Campus Services

Jackie Baldwin oversees over 34,000 meals a week for the students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Troy native has worked in many restaurant kitchens, but for the past 13 years, she has been able to enjoy more conventional hours as RPI’s Executive Chef. Jackie is a graduate of Russell Sage College who has racked up over eighteen years of experience in the food service industry. Beginning career with Hilton Hotels in 1983, she has held many titles, such as Sous-chef, Head Chef, and Executive Chef. The acclaimed chef has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including the American Culinary Federation Liz Kraus Award (2013), Golup Corporation’s Food Service Manager of the Year (1999), American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year (1999), and American Culinary Federation Culinarian of the Year (1998).


Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes

Restaurant Columnist - Times Union

Steve Barnes writes about Capital Region dining and the restaurant scene of the ever popular Table Hopping column and blog for the Times Union. The Schenectady native’s column runs every other Thursday on the cover of the Food-Life section.  His Table Hopping blog is updated almost daily, allowing Steve the freedom to give his opinions on all things food and dining related. Steve studied at Boston University and has worked at the Times Union since 1996, serving as a senior writer and restaurant critic since 2005.



Bill Dowd

Bill Dowd

Restaurant Critic – Various Publications

William Dowd is a veteran newspaper editor, columnist, writer and blogger in the field of spirits, wine and food with over 40 years of experience. Born in East Meadow, NY, Bill has retired to good old Troy, NY where he manages his many blogs and websites, updating the consumer on dining experiences and everything else going on in the food and beverage industry within the Capital Region and beyond.  His opinions and observations are posted on his website, while Capital Region residents can read up on the latest dining and beverage experiences through his Times Union blogs, Notes on Napkins and Dowd on Drinks.  

2013 Troy Chowderfest WINNERS!

Judges Choice All Around Best:

1st: The Mallozzi Family - Autumn Pear Chowder

2nd: Albany Pump station - Southwest Andouille Corn Chowder

3rd: Browns Brewing Company - Smoked Salt Cod, Indian Corn and Sweet Wiskey Porter Chowder

People's Choice:

1st: Albany Pump Station - Stuffed Shrimp Gruyere Chowder

2nd: McGreivey's Restaurant - Buffalo Chicken Chowder with Blue Cheese Oyster Crackers

3rd: Yanni's Too and Yanni's Cucina - BLT Chowder with Mini Grilled Cheese Croutons

Judges Choice:

Best Seafood: Sterup Square - Seafood Chowder

Best Vegetarian - Brown's Brewing Comany - Coconut, Miso, White Yam and Turban Squash Chowder with American Wheat.

Most Original: The Broadway Cafe - Apple Pie Chowder

Best Booth - Sweet Sue's


The Troy Chowderfest is made possible by generous donations from our sponsors. If you'd like to Sponsor the Chowderfest, Click here for more information.


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