Saratoga Chowderfest 2019

The Wesley Community had a great time participating in the 21st Annual Saratoga Chowderfest.

A Wesley Community Dining Services staffer serving chowder at Chowderfest.

The Wesley Community took part in the 21st Annual Saratoga Chowderfest on Saturday, February 2nd.  It was our second year in a row taking part in this fun and popular Saratoga Springs event.  Leading up to it, Wesley’s Dining Services held an on-campus chowder taste-off, featuring four delicious chowders for residents and staff to sample. The winner went on to be Wesley’s official Chowderfest entry. The contenders were Cheddar & Ale, Pumpkin Seafood, Green Chile Mexican and Reuben, with Pumpkin Seafood receiving the most votes. It was very popular with attendees and Wesley’s table had long lines throughout the day. In addition to Dining Services, Wesley Community Administrators volunteered shifts throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to support The Wesley Community with their chowder purchase!

Here are some highlights from this year’s Chowderfest:

• There were 96 vendors, including 14 first-time Chowderfest contestants.
• 138,000+ bowls of chowder were served.
• An estimated 40,000 people attended the event

The winners were:

• People’s Choice: Ribbon Cafe
• Best on Broadway: Thirsty Owl Bistro
• Best Off Broadway: Dizzy Chicken
• Best Non-Downtown: Ribbon Cafe
• Best Newcomer: Ribbon Cafe
• Best Dessert Chowder: Sweet Mimi’s
• Saranac Cup: Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn

A group photo featuring Wesley staff at our Chowderfest table.

A group photo featuring Wesley staff at our Chowderfest table.