Scenes from Chowdafest 2013 & Winners Are Announced!

Stephanie Webster

Chowdafest 2013 rocked the Webster Bank Arena yesterday with 30 restaurants serving up chowders, soups & bisques to over 3000 eager eaters. Guests held their ballots tightly in hand as they sampled their soup, trying to slurp their way to the winner in three categories: New England Clam Chowder, Creative Chowder, and Soup or Bisque. 

Valencia Luncheria, Rory's, Bobby Q's, The Crab Shell and many of the area's top chefs each prepared 25 gallons of Chowda not just for mere consumption, but to raise funds and food for the CT Food Bank. Chowdafest representatives tell us that over 1,200 pounds of food were collected during the 5 hour event. 

The winners of Chowdafest 2013 are just in. Congratulations to...

Donovan's of Norwalk who won the Classic New England Clam Chowder category!

The Ginger Man of Norwalk who won the Creative Chowder category with their sweet potato clam chowder in a tie-breaker by the narrowest of margins, beating out the Brewhouse Restaurant, also in Norwalk who entered a chicken corn chowder.

The Crab Shell restaurant from Stamford who successfully defended their Soup/Bisque crown with their Lobster Bisque. 

Click here for a complete list of the results.