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Get Ready to Chow Down in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Grab a spoon and treat your taste buds to over 30 different soups, bisques and chowders this Saturday in Westport during Chowdafest.

Now in its fourth year, Chowdafest raises funds for the Connecticut Food Bank. This football-themed event, organized by volunteers from the Unitarian Church, will feature 24 restaurants from throughout the state, many from Fairfield County, this year.

During the event, participants get to be the judges. Everyone gets a spoon, pencil and an official ballot, and gets to sample as many entries as they want. Then, they vote on their favorites in three categories: traditional New England clam chowder, creative chowders and soups/bisques.

"The competition is really heating up" Jim Keenan, event organizer, said in a statement. "I'm really looking forward to this year's competition because all the chefs are just that good. We have a strong rookie class of restaurants who will certainly push our wily veterans."

Blue Lemon, Bobby Q's, Mansion Clam House, SBC, Liquid Lunch, Old Post Tavern, Nicolas Roberts, Da Pietro's and River House are among the restaurants participating.

Chowdafest will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave. Adults pay $6 and kids under 12 are $2.

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