East Haddam Chowder Cook-off is Saturday

The 9th annual event, which will feature chowders made by local businesses, starts at 11:30 a.m.


East Haddam Village on Saturday will be the site of the 9th Annual Chowder Cook-off and second annual Business expo. The association expects over 20 businesses to attend, including East Haddam-Haddam Patch, and showcase the products and services they offer locally.

The expo and chowder cook-off start at 11:30 a.m. 

The all-East Haddam chefs participating in the Chowder Cook-off will serve up tasting chowder offerings. Show your Irish and East Haddam pride by joining us.

Cook-off host, will be defending its title of last year’s “People’s Choice Chowder.”  The chefs from the Gelston House plans to bring their best recipe to compete and Fox Hopyard Golf Club’s On the Rocks, will be looking for best chowder bragging rights, as well. 

Also vying for the People’s Choice "silver soup ladle" prize is the special candy chowder served up by Hillside Sweet Shoppe, featuring the best gummy fish, candy clams, sweet peas and carrots this side of the Connecticut River.

For a $10 fee ($5 for children 12 and under), tasters receive a commemorative Chowder mug and a sample of all the chowders. Plan on arriving by noon to get a taste - this is a sell-out event. Proceeds will be donated to East Haddam charities and local non-profit organizations. 

Participants are also judged on Best Table décor. Watch for leprechauns strolling the crowd handing out wee bits of green!

Back for the second year, be sure to visit the East Haddam Business Association’s Business Expo at the Gelston House. Area businesses will showcase their goods and services, offering coupons, free raffles, samples and information.  Enter to win the Grand Prize raffle of a Business Association gift basket. Meet some of the folks who can help you keep your money local and help you save gas, time and money.


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