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HC Siena’s Chowderfest Survival Guide

No event quite marks the beginning of spring semester like Saratoga’s annual Chowderfest. Saratoga is a hidden gem for Siena students who hardly venture up to the picturesque town despite our close proximity to it. If a day of chowder tasting, drinks, and strolling down the main streets of the charming downtown area doesn’t convince you to make the trip, we don’t know what will. Read ahead for HC Siena’s guide to getting the most out of what Chowderfest has to offer.


“Wear leggings under your jeans, bring heat warmers, hats/gloves/scarves, and definitely buy a Chowderfest long sleeve tshirt ($10).” -Logan P.

This year’s weather forecast promises a cold 30 degree day, so layers are essential to keep warm on those long lines for chowder. This social event brings together students from all over the Capitol Region so dress warmly, but it may not be a bad time to make a fashion statement with a fur coat or some funky scarf. Accessories that cover our extremities are a must – scarves, gloves, and hats are lifesavers. If all else fails, the chowder samples will be sure to warm you up!


Most of the parking in downtown ‘Toga is street parking so we recommend getting there early for one of those coveted spots! Another suggestion is parking farther away and taking one of the many Chowderfest shuttles to downtown. Shuttles are available from Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Congress Park, Hampton Inn, Wilton Mall.

More details can be found here: http://www.jimapco.com/maproom/discoversaratoga/

As always remember to practice safe driving, and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!


With over 80 chowder vendors, the decided where to go to next in the thick of the event will be overwhelming. We recommend taking a look at Chowderfest’s interactive map, scoping out the chowder varieties you most want to try, and planning the best way to hit as many of them as possible. One of our favorite chowders? Gaffney’s “Southwest shrimp corn chowder w/ tequila, bacon, & tequila wonton.”

Participating locations and their chowder varities can be found here: http://www.jimapco.com/maproom/discoversaratoga/


“Bring as many $1 as possible.” – Logan P. Cash is your best bet with Chowderfest. From the 3 oz. samplers, to drinks, to commemorative merchandise, cash will make your transactions that much easier, and you can avoid creating any hold ups.


Happy Chowderfest to all!

Susana is co-CC for the Her Campus at Siena chapter. She is a senior English major from Westchester, NY.  Her love of languages and wriitng led her to declare a double minor in Italian and Writing and Communications. Post-grad Susana plans on pursuing a career in TESOL teaching and eventually returning to the TESOL publsihing field after an internship with Oxford University Press.  She enjoys traveling, hiking, live concerts, and foodie adventures.  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @susana0hria.
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