In spite of occasional showers and dreary skies, a couple of thousand people flocked to this year’s 16th Annual Marlborough Heritage Festival in downtown Marlborough. Main Street was blocked to vehicular traffic from Florence Street to Bolton Street (Route 85) to accommodate more than 60 vendors, a one mile road race, grills, games, continuous music, residents of all ages, visitors, numerous street performers, and even a vehicle fair.
There were 543 tickets sold to the Chowder Fest and 517 participants voted for their favorite chowder. Chowder offered by Welly’s Restaurant gathered the largest number of votes, thus making it first place winner of the Popular Vote in the Marlborough Heritage Festival 2011 Chowder Fest. Kennedy’s Restaurant came in as second place in the popular vote and Fish Restaurant and Wine Bar finished in third place this year. Twelve restaurants and caterers in all participated by preparing chowder.
For the Judges’ selection, first and second place slots were exchanged by the two winners in the Popular Vote. First place was earned by Kennedy’s Restaurant with Welly’s Restaurant as second place and Christopher Heights placing third.