Downtown Ithaca’s 12th Annual Chowder Cook-Off set for Saturday


Competition features multiple chowder options prepared by top chefs from various downtown and local restaurants, beer and wine tastings, and more

Get your palates ready for Downtown Ithaca’s 12th Annual Chowder Cook-Off happening this Saturday, Dec. 3, on and around the Commons.

From 11:30 to 4:30 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy a variety of traditional and contemporary chowders at booths outside on and around the Commons and then vote for their favorites. All of the chowders are freshly prepared by some of the best chefs in the region. Beer, wine, and cider tastings, and farming vendors will be part of Saturday’s event offerings, too!

As part of this friendly competition, culinary experts from the participating restaurants will be seeking your votes to earn these coveted honors — Best Meat, Best Vegetarian, Best Seafood, and Best Traditional Clam. Chowder Cook-Off voting ballots will be available at the participating restaurants and at the Chowder Cook-Off ticket booth.

The Chowder Cook-Off is presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru Genesis and organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

“We look forward to the Chowder Cook-Off every year. The competition is typically fierce but friendly, so we’re expecting many tasty chowders that everyone may enjoy. Plus, we’ll have farmers, beer, wine, cider, and specialty product vendors during Saturday’s event,” says Scott Rougeau, DIA special events director.

The 12th Annual Chowder Cook-Off is part of the Downtown Ithaca Ice and Lights Festival happening December 2 & 3 and Dec. 10 & 11 on and around the Commons. For more information, including a list of participating locations and to purchase event tickets, visit

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