More than 20 different chowders and soups will be sampled at the third annual Chowdafest competition in Westport from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave., and will raise money for the Connecticut Food Bank.

Adult admission is $6. Admission for children under 12 is $2. Admission will be reduced by $1 for adult attendees bringing canned goods, which will be donated to the food bank.

Last year's Chowdafest brought in enough money and canned food for the Connecticut Food Bank to provide 15,000 meals.

The Chowdafest competition that invites each participant to vote for his or her favorite traditional New England clam chowder, creative chowder and soup or bisque.

"We chose to hold this year's Chowdafest in February to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. Most people think of donating around the holidays, so supplies can be sparse in the late winter months," said Jim Keenan, chairman of Chowdafest. "By holding this event in February, we hope to bring fresh supplies to the hungry plus some fun to winter-weary local residents. Our restaurant partners are enthusiastic supporters of our cause and generous donors of their time and culinary talents."

Participating restaurants are Ash Creak Saloon of Norwalk and Fairfield, Chef's Table of Fairfield, DaPietro's of Westport, Ginger Man of Norwalk, Health in a Hurry of Fairfield, Italian Corner Deli of Norwalk, Liquid Lunch of Shelton / Milford, Los Cabos of Norwalk, MacKenzie's of Fairfield, Mansion Clam House of Westport, O'Neils of Norwalk, Restaurant at Rowayton of Rowayton, River House of Westport, Rory's of Darien, Savin Rock of Norwalk, Splash of Westport, Southport Brewing of Stamford/Fairfield, Tavern on Main of Westport and Tuckers of Fairfield.

Children will also be allowed to vote as well. In the past, some restaurants catered to youngsters with pizza- and macaroni-and-cheese-flavored soups. Chowdafest also includes a "Kids' Cove" featuring temporary tattoos, stickers and activities such as decorating chefs' hats. Additionally, mascots from area sports teams such as the Sound Tigers will be on hand to provide entertainment.

For information, visit or e-mail Jim Keenan at