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Norwalk, CT Hotel Near New England ChowdaFest

Take a terrific taste-testing journey through one of the Northeast’s defining dishes at New England Chowdafest, and call Hotel Zero Degrees your epicurean home away from home for the occasion! It’s not only a great opportunity to eat some fabulous (and culturally significant) food: It’s also a charitable event raising valuable funds for Food Rescue U.S. and other worthy causes.

New England Chowdafest is underway (rain or shine) 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, October 6th in Sherwood Island State Park, which happens to be just minutes from Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk (and also easily accessible from our Stamford and Danbury locations). Take advantage of that proximity—and, of course, our trademark boutique hospitality—for chowing down at Chowdafest!

New England Chowdafest 2019

It’s the 12th edition of New England Chowdafest, which celebrates not only that quintessential regional dish of clam chowder but also other chowder varieties as well as bisques and soups.

Actually, that doesn’t even account for the full gastronomic spectrum on offer at Chowdafest: There’ll also Italian goodies served up in the “Ciao”dafest zone, salsas and guacamoles presented in the “ChowdaMex” area, a slew of pies, cookies, and other treats, and various beverages, from coffee and tea to hot chocolate and sparkling (non-alcoholic) drinks.

No question, though, that the main focus is on the 30-plus New England restaurants invited to enter their very best stuff in four categories: New England Clam Chowder, Creative Chowder, Soup/Bisque, and Vegetarian.

You and the rest of the Chowdafest attendees serve as judges, rating your (unlimited) samples of the entrees on a scale of 7.0 to 10.5. You’ve got the power—and the pleasure of tasting your way through the full festival smorgasbord.

You get your sampling spoon for a mere $20 ($5 for kids ages 6 to 12), and parking’s free, so it’s all a pretty darn good deal—and of course the proceeds are going to charity! You can nab tickets at the door, but starting September 6th you’ll also be able to secure them over the Chowdafest website, which’ll save you some waiting in line on the big day.

Book a Guest Room or Suite at Hotel Zero Degrees for the 2019 New England Chowdafest Bonanza at Sherwood Island State Park

October 6th will be upon us in no time, so lock down your boutique accommodations at Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk and set yourself up for some mouthwatering clam chowder (and a whole lot else) at the 2019 edition of Chowdafest!