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Downtown Troy's Chowderfest

TROY -- For the seventh year in a row, Downtown Troy welcomed chowder-lovers for a day of fall food, live music and family fun in Riverfront Park.

"We will have as many varieties of chowder as you can imagine at Chowderfest this year" Mayor Lou Rosamilia said.  "Seafood, vegetarian, Cuban, Asian, Southwestern, chowders with bacon, pulled pork, crab, shrimp - our competitors are getting more and more innovative. We even have a dessert chowder!"

This year the Troy Chowderfest welcomes 17 competing restaurants serving 22 different types of chowder, and will award prizes for best seafood, vegetarian, most original and overall favorite, judged by a secret panel of 4 local restaurant critics. Festival goers will be able to vote on the coveted 'People's Choice' award.

"New this year, many Downtown shops will be holding sidewalks sales throughout Downtown during Chowderfest" said Elizabeth Young, Director of the Downtown Troy BID and the festival coordinator, "Festival guests are encouraged to come to Riverfront Park and sample Chowder, then walk off the calories by browsing around Downtown!"

2013 Chowderfest competitors include The Albany Pump Station, Black Cat Ale House, B-Rad's Bistro, Brown's Brewing Company, Carmen's Caf, Finnbar's Pub, Francesca's Caf, The Illium Caf, McGreivey's Restaurant, Mio Vino Wine Bar and Bistro, O'Brian's Public House, Sterup Square, Sweet Sue's, The Broadway Caf, The Ruck, Yanni's Too & Yanni's Cucina, and two time Chowderfest champion The Mallozzi Family.

Each restaurant will bring 30 gallons of each of their chowders, and 4 oz. samples will be available for $1 each by purchasing sample tickets at the event. 20,000 chowder samples will be served up during the 5 hour event. Festival attendees are encouraged to come early, as sample tickets tend to sell out later in the afternoon. Proceeds raised will benefit the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District, a not-for-profit community development agency.

Full event details including all entered chowder types and the musical line-up can be found by visiting www.downtowntroy.org.