MYSTIC — Tony Sheridan, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Joan Gordon, food columnist for the Norwich Bulletin, and Lee White of The Day will judge chowder Saturday at the 16th annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off in Olde Mistick Village.
The judges will choose the winners in three categories: most creative chowder, heartiest chowder and best use of regional ingredients.
Members of the public will vote for the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice Award” for the best chowder.
Participating in this year’s cook-off are Mystic Diner, Big Y World Class Market, Pink Basil, Frank’s Gourmet Grille, The Irons at Hilton Mystic, Ocean Blue Catering at Mystic Aquarium, Octagon Steakhouse, Masonicare at Mystic, Sticky Situations, 85th Day Restaurant Group (Engine Room, Oyster Club, Grass & Bone), Highland Grille Westerly High Culinary Students, Mango’s Wood Fired Pizza Company, Jealous Monk, Go Fish & Steak Loft, StoneRidge Retirement Community, Dog Watch Cafe, Flanagan’s at Best Western, and The Mariner.
Chowder Tickets are $1 for each three-ounce cup of chowder, or $10 for 12 tickets. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event throughout the village in various store locations beginning at noon on Saturday.
All proceeds from the tasting benefit Always Home (formerly Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality), a nonprofit service agency dedicated to preventing family homelessness throughout southeastern Connecticut. Last year, this neighbors-helping-neighbors event raised more than $28,000.
All awards will be presented in the meeting house Saturday at 5 p.m.