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Thousands enjoy Troy Chowderfest 2012

Reported by: Katherine Underwood

Videographer: P. Busa
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Updated: 10/08/2012 6:05 am
It was a big day Sunday for local restaurants as they battled for the 2012 Troy Chowderfest title.

From corn to clam and ale to apple, 17 local restaurants served up 21 different kinds of chowder.

Each one trying to nab the “People's Choice Award.”

“I really like this apple thing," said one festival goer.

“Probably the Three Little Pigs one,” said another.

Organizers expected up to ten thousand people to fill Riverfront Park for the sixth annual fall tradition.

“By 9:30 a.m. we already had a line of people ready to have chowder for breakfast,” said Troy Downtown Business Improvement District Director Elizabeth Young.

“Breakfast of champions by golly,” laughed Greg Wynn of Queensbury.

Each establishment was responsible for cooking up at least 30 gallons of their specialty.

“We're having a great time,” said Lorraine Hobart with Kingsway Senior Community as she served up their ale chowder.

“Some of them, Bootleggers on Broadway brought 100 gallons of chowder today,” Young said.

The restaurants were fully prepared and so too were the chowder lovers.

“This is our first year with the muffin tins,” said Anne Malak who was at the festival with her family.

They were ready to make the rounds, using muffin tins to hold the cups of chowder.

They even labeled the trays to keep better track of their favorites.

“Actually they're being really helpful,” Malak said smiling.

And though the opinions differ on which chowder will win the title, everyone could agree on one thing…

“The weather is perfect for chowder this year,” Hobart said.

“It’s a cool fall day, perfect day for chowder,” Young added.

A secret panel of four local restaurant critics will hand out awards for best seafood, vegetarian, most original, and overall favorite.

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