Norwalk residents invited to Chowdafest

January 22, 2014 by  

Early next month, a 20-minute drive will get Norwalk chowhounds to Chowdafest 2014.

Heralded as ‘New England’s Best Soup and Chowder competition’, this event will mark the 6th time in which visitors have been able to stroll around the Webster Bank Arena armed with official spoons, ballots, and pencils to sample and judge bisques, soups, and chowders made by the area’s best restaurants and chefs. Categories to be judged will include Classic New England Clam Chowder (Donovan’s in Norwalk won last year), Creative Chowder (won by Norwalk’s Ginger Man), and Soup/Bisque (won by a group outside of Norwalk). Those who bag the prestigious honors this time are sure to want to update their business card printing orders to reflect their accolades.

Although the main focus of this event is on chowder, the underlying purpose of Chowdafest is to raise money and food for the Connecticut Food Bank. Those planning to attend should bring a non-perishable food item to be entered in the raffle—the prize will be a $200 gift certificate to Stop and Shop.

Tickets to this event can be purchased through the arena’s box office or at any Stop & Shop at a $2 discount (if purchased before the event). NFL jersey attire is not required but is welcome.

This gastric extravaganza will be held at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, on Sunday February 2, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Remember, the real Super Bowl does not start until 6:30 pm EST, so they will have plenty of time to get home. Parking costs $5, and carpooling is advised.