If you were one of the brave souls (and there were a LOT of you!) who braved the frigid temps this past Saturday, you were treated to a record-breaking number of chowders provided by Saratoga County vendors...96 of them, to be exact! Although temperatures never rose out of the low 20's, the sun was shining and it was a great day to be out sampling the various corn, chicken, seafood, bacon, potato, vegetarian, gluten-free, and even dessert chowders created by the area's best restaurants and caterers. 

Crowd in front of Pig 'n Whistle waiting for chowder

Chowder at Salt & Char being served to a woman in line

Needless to say, an event of this size and caliber is a massive undertaking. Connie Crudo, director of membership and events here at Discover Saratoga, is the driving force behind all things Chowderfest. Her leadership and months of intense planning led to this successful event, which was estimated to have drawn approximately 40,000 people to downtown Saratoga and the outlying areas of the county where chowders were also being served. 

Crowd in front of the Adelphi in line for chowder

Servers at the Stadium posing for a photo

Planning for Chowderfest 2019 began last August with artwork design for this year's logo. Then, immediately following Discover Saratoga's Annual Restaurant Week in early November, we began contacting our member businesses to sign up as participating vendors. Additionally, we needed to get our marketing plan in place, coordinate sponsorships, and work out the details of commemorative shirts and hats, shuttles, the Broadway banners, ballots, and awards. In addition to all of the above, we worked with both the City of Saratoga and the Dept. of Health to ensure safety, street closings, and vendor permits. It was a frantic and extremely busy couple of months here in the office, but well worth the effort.

Plum Dandy preparing dessert chowders as small froyo sundaes

Crowded dessert sundae table at Plum Dandy

All in all, the 2019 Saratoga Chowderfest was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the day, and to all of our talented chefs! 

And a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our award winners in all categories. They are as follows:

People's ChoiceRibbon Café                                 

Best on Broadway: Thirsty Owl Bistro                       

Best Off Broadway: Dizzy Chicken                           

Best Non-Downtown: Ribbon Café

Best Newcomer: Ribbon Cafe

Best Dessert Chowder: Sweet Mimi's

Saranac Cup: Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn

Ribbon Cafe accepting Peoples Choice Award

Chowderfest Highlights: 96 vendors including 14 first-time Chowderfest contestants, 138,000+ bowls of chowder served, 40,000 people in attendance!

Navy officers posing with flag

Closeup of a hand holding a cup of Chowder

Line of people along Broadway waiting for chowder

Group of attendees posing on sidewalk

Three girls holding chowder

Servers smiling and handing out chowder

Two guys cheering at City Center

S'Mores dessert chowders

100.9 The Cat group shot

Half Pints with a long line

Group at prop photo station

Servers at Druthers

Three men at Druthers

Server in one-piece down suit

Guy serving with Fro wig

Line in front of Gaffneys

Caroline Street crowd

Healthy Harvest chowder servers

Group of girls

Flatbread Social chowder table

Peabody's serving chowder to a line of Chowderfest attendees

The Dizzy Chicken family

Little girl and mom at Druthers

Harvest Moon people

Girls serving steaming chowder in the sunlight

Henry Street Taproom serving

Gloved hand holding chowder

Diamond Club servers

West Side Stadium staff serving chowder

Customers at Baileys

Family on sidewalk

Garland at the Diamond Club

Group shot of the Discover Saratoga team wearing blue Chowderfest shirts

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