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Chowder power: If ever there were a winter made for a chowder festival, this is it. A chance to huddle over steaming cups of delicious creations? Bring it on. And Olde Mistick Village will in fact bring it on, at its 11th annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off on Saturday.
A little of this, a little of that: The savory samples will be coming from two dozen restaurants and caterers. They'll all be in the hunt to nab either the People's Choice Awards or the awards from a team of local media celebs, who will annoint winters for: most creative, heartiest, and best use of regional ingredients. Participants include Bleu Squid Bakery and Cheese Shop, Dog Watch Café, Mystic Diner and Restaurant, Octagon Steakhouse, Oyster Club of Mystic, and the Restaurant at Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook.
That's entertainment: Olde Mistick Village will be bustling with family entertainment throughout the day as well.
Raising funds: The festival isn't just for fun; it is to help a good cause, too. Its proceeds all go to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Pantry. During each of the previous festivals, the Chowder Cook-off has raised between $4,000 and $13,000.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
Cabin Fever Festival & Charity Chowder Cook-Off, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Olde Mistick Village, Coogan Boulevard, Mystic; tickets are $1 for each three ounce cup of chower (12 tickets for $10); sold Saturday throughoug the village; (860) 536-4941, oldemistickvillage.com.