Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ChowdaFest 2013 at Webster Bank Arena Bridgeport CT

How can you have a truly SOUP-ER BOWL SUNDAY??

Come to CHOWDA FEST!!!

This year, ChowdaFest, the premier CT chowder and soup competition, will be held at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, in Bridgeport, CT.

(Update: For the recap of this event click HERE)
In fact, you might want to say ChowdaFest  is "soup-er-sized" this year!  

Come to Harbor Yard on Sunday, February 3, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and sample some great soups and chowder!

Most importantly, your participation benefits the Connecticut Food Bank.

And you'll be back home in plenty of time for the Super Bowl Sunday Game!

This year the ChowdaFest is big! How big?? So big that it had to be moved to this premier area!

Howard Saffan, President of Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment notes,
“The Yard has never hosted a culinary event before but we know foodies are a passionate group. We are excited to welcome them and to play a role in the continued success of Chowdafest.”
Thirty different chowders and soups will be featured in this competition where both children and adults get to be judges and vote for their favorite Classic New England Clam Chowder, Creative Chowder (anything other than New England) and Soup/Bisque.

The current roster includes:

  • Bloom Brothers (Norwalk) 
  • Blue Lemon (Westport)
  • The Brewhouse (Norwalk) 
  • Bobby Q’s (Westport)
  • Close Harbour Seafood (Plantsville)
  • Crab Shell (Stamford) 
  • Donovan’s (Norwalk) 
  • Dunville’s (Westport) 
  • Ginger Man (Norwalk) 
  • The Goose (Darien)
  • High Tide Gourmet (Madison)
  • Liquid Lunch (Shelton / Milford)
  • Mansion Clam House (Westport)  
  • Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro (Norwalk) 
  • Old Post Tavern (Fairfield) 
  • On the Rocks (E. Haddam) 
  • O’Neill’s (Norwalk) 
  • Restaurant at Rowayton (Rowayton) 
  • Rory’s (Darien) 
  • Southport Brewing Co. (Stamford/Fairfield)
  • Super Duper Weenie Dog (Fairfield) 
  • Tavern on Main (Westport)
  • Valencia Luncheria (Norwalk) 
  • Wave Hill Breads (Norwalk)


Adults: $10.00
Children 6-12: $5.00
Children under 5: Free

Everyone gets a spoon, pencil and ballot, samples each soup and chowder and judges on a scale from 6 (low) to 10 (high) with an optional half point bonus. The restaurant receiving the highest rating will be declared the winner in each category.

Supporting sponsors include Fiat of Fairfield County, The Farmer’s Cow, Hearst Publications, Star 99.9 and World Centric. Given the event’s Super Bowl date and “souper” bowl theme, restaurants and fans alike come dressed in their favorite football jerseys, eye black and more.

Or come as you are!  Just come hungry!

Hope to see you there!

For more information click HERE

Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
600 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT

Conveniently off I-95 exit #27

UPDATE:  See the results and pictures from 2013 HERE


  1. Wow, this sounds like the perfect respite from the current stretch of beastly cold weather! I'm going to have to check my calendar.

    1. I know! What could be better than an arena full of soups and chowders on a cold winter Sunday!

  2. Even though its a great event sorry to see any local to Bridgeport participants!

    1. I agree, but I'm hoping next year, if offered at the same venue, that more local area restaurants will participate.


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