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Norwalk Dubbed 'Chowdatown' After Restaurants Dominate Chowdafest

Six Norwalk restaurants took home prizes at the sixth annual Chowdafest.
Six Norwalk restaurants took home prizes at the sixth annual Chowdafest. Photo Credit: Chowdafest Facebook page

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk restaurants ruled the day at the sixth annual Chowdafest Connecticut, taking home six of the 12 total awards handed out at the event, which has become a Super Bowl Sunday tradition in Fairfield County.

Norwalk was unofficially dubbed "Chowdatown" for its domination in the event.

A record estimated crowd of 6,000 filled Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport to sample some of the best clam chowder in Fairfield County and beyond.

Chowdafest started out in the cafeteria of Bedford Middle School in Westport and expanded to Webster Bank Arena last year after an explosion in popularity. This was the fourth year it was held on Super Bowl Sunday.

Attendees were invited to sample 31 different chowders, soups and bisque as well as craft beer and wine.

Donovan's in Norwalk was given the highest score in Chowdafest history with a 9.6 on its classic New England clam chowder, winning that category for the second year in a row.

Chef Pietro Scotti of Da Pietro’s in Westport and the sweet potato clam chowder from The Ginger Man in Norwalk were named the inaugural chef and chowder of the Chowdafest Hall of Fame.

Here are the full results of the contest:

Classic New England Clam Chowder

1st place: Donovan's, Norwalk

2nd place: Guvnor's Brewery, Norwalk

3rd place: Rory's, Darien

Manhattan & Rhode Island Clam Chowder

1st place: Dunville's, Westport

2nd place: Liquid Lunch, Milford & Shelton

3rd place: Brennan's Tap Room, Norwalk

Creative Chowder

1st place: Brewhouse, Norwalk

2nd place: The Spread, Norwalk

3rd place: The Ginger Man, Norwalk


1st place: Bistro 7, Wilton

2nd place: Cask Republic, Stamford & New Haven

3rd place: Local Kitchen, Fairfield

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