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Hops & Vines, Bounti Fare Win Chowder Cook-Off

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff

Suzy Helme's bird sculpture in front of Shima won first place.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Newcomer Hops & Vines of Williamstown took the Judge's Choice for this year's Winterfest Chowder Cook-Off with longtime competitor Bounti Fare of Adams taking People's Choice.

Coming in second for Judge's Choice was a creamy traditional chowder from Williams College Dining Services and Main Street's The Hub (was it the kicky jalapeno version?).

Taking second place in People's Choice was perennial favorite Berkshire Food Project and third was Desperados, which ran out before I got there — a lot of people told me how great it was. Maybe next year.

Desperados wasn't the only one to run out of chowder. Hundreds came downtown on Saturday to try cups of chowder concoctions ranging from spicy to creamy with pasta, potatoes, fish, corn, lobster, shrimp, and even clams. They packed into the two locations on Main Street and Holden Street where the chowder was being served and reviewed the ice sculptures (this year's winner was Suzy Helme).

Most of the merchants offered discounts or freebies and Nicole Maloney gave a sneak peak of the soon to open Luma's Muffin & Mug in Berkshire Emporium.

Also happening were children's activities on Main Street and at the North Adams Public Library.

The winners of the Chowder Cook-off were announced at Saturday night's WinterFest Skate Party.

From Veronica Bosley, director of the Office of Tourism: "First of all – THANK YOU to all of you who spent time serving chowder and carving ice today. Your efforts are much appreciated and you made the 15th annual WinterFest a huge success. I heard nothing but good things about all of you!"
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Stephanie Farrington of Berkshire Food is contributing to our Eats blog — all about food, all the time. 


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