“Chowdafest,” the annual competition that crowns the region’s best chowders and soups, is returning to Westport this fall.

The event, which had its origins at the Unitarian Church of Westport and then moved locally to Bedford Middle School, was staged in Bridgeport and Norwalk as it expanded in recent years.

The year, however, it comes back to Westport on Oct. 11 at Sherwood Island State Park.

“We've become a true destination event attracting thousands of food lovers from all over New England, including bus tours, so making it easy to get to and from Chowdafest was a priority.” Jim Keenan, the event director, said in a statement announcing Chowdafest’s move back to Westport. “We're excited to showcase Connecticut's oldest and finest state park.”

This year's Chowdafest competition will feature restaurants from every New England state, plus six others, according to organizers.

As an example of the competition’s national profile, Pike Place Chowder from Seattle will send chefs cross-country to compete in the event’s New England clam chowder category against last year’s winner Donovan's of Norwalk as well as Dunville's of Westport, a winner of the Traditional Chowder category previously, and first-timer Little Barn of Westport, among others.

Chowdafest also has separate categories for Manhattan (red) and Rhode Island (clear) chowders.

Six of the ten restaurants are new to the Creative Chowder category, taking on the defending champion, The Spread in Norwalk.

The Soup & Bisque category features past Chowdafest favorites, including Cask Republic of Stamford and New Haven, Liquid Lunch of Shelton and Milford, and the Local Kitchen and Beer Bar of Norwalk and Fairfield.

Chowdafest raises funds for Community Plates, a non-profit dedicated to alleviating hunger through the rescue of food from restaurants, grocery stores and farms. Attendees pay to be a judge of the entries, with unlimited sampling to every chowder, soup and bisque they choose.

Adult tickets are $15 and children (6-12) $5. No charge for parking. Tickets are on sale now online at www.chowdafest.org. For more information, visit the website or email Keenan at chowdafest@gmail.com.