Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off takes place in Mystic

Bring your own spoon.

The annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off is asking that folks do that this year because the Olde Mistick Village, where it takes place, is going green.

That means the chowders will be served with recyclable cups and napkins. And while you don’t HAVE to bring your own spoon, if you do, you’ll get one free ticket.

As longtime fest-goers know, you buys tickets that you hand over to get some chowder. A $1 ticket will get you a three-ounce cup of chowder. (You can buy 12 tickets for $10.)

This 17th annual fest will feature culinary creations from more than a dozen restaurants. A panel of judges decides which one is most creative, heartiest, features the best use of regional ingredients and has the best overall flavor. The public gets into the act, too, by voting on “People’s Choice” for best chowder.

Proceeds benefit Always Home, which works to prevent family homelessness.

Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic; (860) 536-4941,



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