Beautiful day, beautiful attendees, incomparable tastings! In addition to all the regulars, we had unusual "creative" chowders, chicken marsalas, minestrone soup from Osteria Romana--even a Creole dish from Simply Delicious (it won Best Bisque). And chowda! Lots and lots of chowda, from local faves, as well as from vendors from Maine to Seattle(!) We held FOSI's drawing for the stuffed animals, the Larry Silver poster and the CT State Park Pass at 3PM at our table. Within a week, all the winners had picked up their prizes, and they (and their kids) are pretty happy! As you can see from Hanna's face (she named him "Oreo").     To see the Chowda WINNERS, see: http://www.chowdafest.org/results.html   For more on the ChowdaFest, see: http://www.chowdafest.org/  

Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11-3pm!   ChowdaFest at Sherwood Island! 11-3pm Sunday, October 11 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Rain Date: Mon, Oct. 12 In October, 2015 The Friends’ of Sherwood Island State Park is hosting ChowdaFest, an amazing food tasting contest at Sherwood Island on Sunday, October 11th, 2015. If you have not yet renewed or joined the Friends of Sherwood Island please take this opportunity ( for as little as $20/year) to click here for the membership form. Questions? Contact Mary Ann West at mwestwrites@gmail.com or 203-554-3964. Official Chowdafest Site   New England’s Best Chowder & Soup Competition! Coming this fall to Sherwood Island State Park – Westport CT – Sunday October 11, 2015, Exit 18 off I-95 40 award winning restaurants with every New England state represented! You’re the judge in this unique “fun”raiser in the ongoing fight against hunger! You’ll get a spoon, ballot & pencil – enjoy unlimited sampling and then rate your favorites! Four categories to judge: New England Clam, Manhattan/Rhode Island Clam, Creative Chowder and Soup/Bisque More than just soup: – Enjoy our Italian-themed section called “Ciao”dafest – Sample chips & salsa in our ChowdaMex section – Indulge in ice cream & cheese in our Farm to Table section – Quench your thirst in our Beverage Bog – Snack on down in our kids (of all ages) section where kids also get free* chef hats to decorate. *while supplies last Still the best deal in town: Tickets just $15, Kids (6-12) $5 and FREE PARKING A zero waste event and the model of event sustainability as everything gets composted or recycled Chowdafest benefits Community Plates in an effort to alleviate hunger and promotes the Friends of Sherwood Island and Kids Helping Kids Foundations Chowdafest is Proudly Sponsored by: