BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined City Island restaurant owners and residents at Hawkins Park Sunday afternoon for Klein’s 2nd Annual City Island Clam Chowder Festival. The chowder festival took place during the annual City Island Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Fall Fair. Fair goers enjoyed samples of chowders from participating local restaurants and had the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Three awards were given: People’s Choice Chowder; best Manhattan Clam Chowder; and best New England Clam Chowder. Judging the competition was Senator Klein, Broadway Actress Kara Tremble on tour with the Tony Award Winning Jersey Boys!, John Doyle of the City Island Civic Association and City Island Current Fleet Captain Chris Cullen.
The winners were as follows:
People’s Choice Chowders:
Best New England Clam Chowder - Artie’s & The Lobster House
Best Manhattan Clam Chowder - Morris Yacht Club & The Ale House
Official Judging Competition - Celebrity Winners:
Best New England Clam Chowder - Sammy's Fish Box
Best Manhattan Clam Chowder - Morris Yacht club
“The City Island Chowder Festival is a great competition that celebrates the long-standing tradition of chowder being a culinary speciality of seaside havens. Every restaurant that participated presented tasty and delicious chowders that hit the spot on this crisp fall day,” said State Senator Jeff Klein.
"The clam chowder competition is a great opportunity for the residential and business community to come together. We're grateful to Senator Klein and the Chamber for reviving this tradition", said John Doyle, Member, City Island Civic Association.