at the end of the afternoon, Lamattina said Boston Chowda Co. had gone through 50 gallons of chowder.
Three time people's choice winners Oliva's/Kruger Flatbread restaurants didn't take part in the formal competition, but did assist the event as a sponsor. Stephen Petrou, owner of Kruger Flatbread, said he had to sit out this year's competition for medical reasons, but planned to return with a vengeance in 2012.
"I want to do it again next year," he said. "We're going to be back."
Despite rainy weather later in the afternoon, a throng of people stayed until the very end to see who would be crowned the champions.
"We had many people around for the awards," Marcoux said.
Besides food, Chowderfest attendees enjoyed music from The Itchy Feet Band and The B Street Bombers alongside. The event also featured children's activities such as a bouncy castle and Dr. Goose bubble-blowing creations.