WORCESTER – The fourth annual Chili & Chowder Festival is set to hit Worcester’s Canal District this weekend and will be featuring 12 local restaurants competing for the city’s best bowls of chili and chowder.

The festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 outside of The Compass Tavern at 90 Harding Street from 1 PM to 5 PM.

According to the event manager Berkeley Wlodarczak, “The festival is a delicious way to head into the fall season. Attendees will be able to sample food from the city’s top restaurants who will be competing for the titles of BEST chili or chowder—while enjoying live music by Hit the Bus, giveaways from local businesses, and beverages available for purchase from the Compass Tavern.”

Competing restaurants include: British Beer Company, Cafe Reyes, Compass Tavern, DCU Center: Savor Catering, The Dogfather, Flying Rhino Cafe, Hunter’s Grille and Tap, Kummerspeck Restaurant and Delicatessen, Living Earth, Lock 50, Maddi’s Cookery and Taphouse, and Manzi’s Catering. More restaurants are expected to be added ahead of Saturday’s event.

Tickets are available online at www.worcchilichowderfest.com. Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 5-12. You can also find more information at: www.facebook.com/chilichowderfest508.

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