The taste of chowder will benefit the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Pantry this Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Olde Mistick Village will take on a warm and welcome aroma as the merchants of Olde Mistick Village host their 10th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off.
Tickets are $1 for each 3 oz. cup of chowder – or you can purchase 12 tickets for $10. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event at a variety of locations throughout Olde Mistick Village.
Vicki Anderson, Executive Director of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, says “There is no way to adequately state the importance of Cabin Fever to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center’s emergency Food Pantry. We are currently feeding over 2,000 people in our local community of Mystic, North Stonington, Westerly, Pawcatuck and Stonington throughout the year. We gave out $493,024 worth of emergency food which is $55,000 more than last year. We must be prepared to help feed our neighbors and Cabin Fever makes that possible. We are deeply grateful.”
Over 25 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will compete for top awards for Best Chowder. In addition to the People’s Choice Award a team of local media celebrities will be judging in the categories of 1) Most Creative Chowder; 2) Heartiest Chowder; and 3) Best Use of Regional Ingredients. All awards will be presented on the same day by Senator Andrew Maynard and State Representative Diana Urban in the Meeting House in Olde Mistick Village at 5:00 p.m.
Over the years, the Chowder Cook-off has raised between $4,000 and $11,000. Lu Lupovich, chairperson for the event said “With the generous participation of over 25 restaurants this year, we just know we will exceed last year’s high of $11,000 raised – Cabin Fever really brings people together for a great event benefiting such an important organization in our community. It’s all about neighbors helping and feeding neighbors.”
Fun free family events will be going on all afternoon throughout the village.