(Originally published 10/3/14)
TROY -- Baseball great Yogi Berra was quoted as saying, "That place is so popular nobody goes there anymore." In an effort to avoid such a fate, the organizers of the 8th annual Troy Chowderfest are making some changes.
As the event has grown by leaps and bounds each year, lines to purchase tasting tickets have grown longer and longer and the chowder supplies often have run out well before the scheduled closing time.
This year's event is scheduled for Sunday, October 12, in Riverfront Park. The Downtown Troy BID has instituted several changes to ease the purchase of tickets and guard against running out of chowder. In the past, even 20,000 samples weren't enough for a five-hour event.
Among the changes:
• The festival will be reduced by one hour, running from noon to 4 p.m.Participants lined up so far -- some of which will be offering more than one style of chowder -- include the Black Cat Ale House, Bountiful Bread, B-Rad's Bistro & Catering, The Broadway Cafe, Brown's Brewing Company, Capital City Diner, Capital District Equal Opportunity Center Culinary program, Finnbar's Pub, Infinity Cafe, Jack's Oyster House, Mallozzi's, McGreivey's, O'Brien's Public House, Price Chopper, Sweet Sues and Yanni's Too.
• Sales of sampling tickets will be conducted at noon and again at 2 p.m. The new format will allow attendees to purchase 20 tasting tickets at a time, and then additional sets of 20 throughout the day. Each $1 ticket covers a three-ounce tasting.
• The People's Choice judging will begin at 2 p.m. A three-person panel of professionals will be judging earlier in the day, with all results to be announced at the close of the day.
• The festival has teamed up with The Starlight Foundation to organize a children's section.
Go here to find out what kind of chowder they're planning to offer, as well as get other information about the event.