Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga’s most anticipated event is back for its 22nd year on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Saratoga Chowderfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature chowder samples from more than 80 vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. Last year, an estimated 40,000 people enjoyed Chowderfest and more than 137,000 samples of chowder were served. This event is coordinated by Discover Saratoga and presented by DeCrescente Distributing Company.

Event-goers can taste different chowders for $1 per cup (3 oz. serving) at participating Saratoga County establishments and vote on their favorite. Ballots can be picked up at any participating location and turned in at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs City Center. Voting will also take place online at All voting ends at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced inside the Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the event. 

“Now in its 22nd year, Chowderfest helps to create demand for Saratoga County restaurants and bars during what would normally be a quieter time of the year,” said Discover Saratoga President Darryl Leggieri. “We encourage visitors to come to Saratoga and make a weekend out of it with special hotel rates offered at participating hotels. People travel from all over the region for the taste of chowder done right, and to experience the excitement of Saratoga Springs.”

Free shuttles to downtown Saratoga Springs will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Saratoga Casino Hotel and Wilton Mall. Visitors are encouraged to extend their Chowderfest experience by utilizing select hotel’s discounted rates. Shuttle information and discounted hotel rates can be found at Stay warm during the event with an official Chowderfest beanie ($7) and long-sleeve shirt ($10 or $12 for 2XL), which will be sold at the City Center and Visitor Center. 

22nd Annual Chowderfest is made possible by our sponsors: DeCrescente Distributing Company, Saranac, White Claw, Saratoga Water, Saratoga Springs City Center, D.A. Collins Company, Q 105.7,, Westminster Bakers, Star Radio, Fly 92.3, 107.7 GNA, Kiss 102.3, PYX 106, B 95.5, The Saratogian, Adirondack Trust Company, The Post Star, Saratoga Casino Hotel, Stewart’s Shops, Courtyard by Marriott & Excelsior Springs Event Center, Renewal By Andersen, Dandelion Energy, Geico, Hodgson Russ LLP, John Ray & Sons, Lia Nissan of Saratoga, Saratoga Today, Wilton Mall, The Daily Gazette, Impressions of Saratoga, Jason’s Weather and Saratoga RV Park.

For more information, including a list of participating chowder vendors, please visit or call 518-584-1531.
About Discover Saratoga
Discover Saratoga, known as the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, is a key economic development engine for this community; our mission is to contribute a positive impact on the local economy by promoting and marketing Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County as a world-class destination for meetings, conventions and groups. For more information about Discover Saratoga, please visit