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Foodies Chow Down at Westport's Chowdafest

Kristien and Dan Del Ferraro are true foodies. They drove from Stamford to Westport Saturday just to sample some of the best chowders and soups in Fairfield County.

As food bloggers who review area restaurants, grocery stores and farmers' markets, the couple are used to traveling. And their trip to Bedford Middle School in the rain and cold for the third annual Chowdafest was worth it.

"This is great," said Kristien. "There are a lot of great restaurants participating."

Husband Dan agreed, adding: "Some of the best restaurants in Connecticut came out. It's impressive."

So which chowders and soups got this food-savvy couple's attention? One of their favorites was from Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro in Norwalk.

"The Guinness and chorizo clam chowder is ridiculous, just awesome," Kristien gushed. "It didn't taste like beer but had more of a hoppy flavor to it, which gave it more depth. It definitely gave it an interesting flavor."

The Sicilian sausage and clam chowder from Soup Alley in Norwalk --the 2008 soup category champs -- and the asparagus soup from River House in Westport also made it onto their top-three list. But as first-time Chowdafesters, there was more tasting to be had.

Proceeds from Chowdafest, an event created by Westport resident Jim Keenan, benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.

Were you at Chowdafest? Which chowder/soup did you like best? Leave a comment below!

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