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A New Englander’s Guide to Chowder Fest!

A New Englander’s Guide to Chowder Fest!

If you’ve never been to the CHOWDER COOK OFF & CABIN FEVER FESTIVAL, here’s a little run down of what to expect and a few tips on maximizing your tasting experience.

#1. Get there earlier rather than later. Once a restaurant runs out of chowder, their stand shuts down. The end. Our arrival time recommendation is between 12-1 pm. Parking can be a little wacky, just expect it and be patient. We always shoot for the spots further out for optimal calorie burn opportunity.

#2. Purchase tickets at specially designated shops in the village as soon as you arrive! Tickets are a dollar each. Grab a map and menu. Plan your route and get tasting!

#3. If you want to taste as many chowders as possible, share each cup (approx. 3 ounces) and if you’re feeling environmentally friendly keep your spoon for the day! Better yet, BYOS!

#4. Serious about placing the most accurate vote? Take note of the best chowders along the way. The memory gets a little soupy towards the end of the tasting tour.

#5. There are plenty of family/kid friendly things to do at the village that day. Birds of prey, some sea creatures, there’s usually music along the route and of course the shops and restaurants will be open.

#6. When you’re all chowdered out, don’t forget to cast your vote at shop locations where you purchased tix.

#7. Lastly, this is all for charity and although the CHOWDA CHAMPION will be announced around 4:30 PM in the Olde Mistick Village Meeting House, all proceeds benefit the real winner…Always Home. If you can’t stick around for the big announcement, we’ll be sure to update you here and on Facebook.


  1. Theresa

    22 February

    Are dogs allowed?

    • thisismystic

      23 February

      Dogs are allowed at Olde Mistick Village!

  2. Marilyn Adams

    24 February

    Sounds great are any of the chowders celiac friendly

    • thisismystic

      24 February

      Sorry, we’re not sure! Your best bet is to reach out to the host, Olde Mistick Village at 860.536.4941 | info@oldemistickvillage.com.

      It’s a fun event! Enjoy!

  3. Joshua

    25 February

    Who won?

    • thisismystic

      25 February

      Unofficial reports (still waiting on Olde Mistick Village to post) show that Highland Grille of Westerly High School won 1st place (also won Most Creative) and The Irons of Hilton Mystic took 2nd for People’s Choice for 2018’s event. Still waiting on more results.

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