Entries are being sought through Dec. 31 for the 22nd annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood, with four product categories for events to be held in Seattle, Anchorage and – for the first time – Juneau.
Winners in retail, food service, smoked products and Beyond the Plate competition will get the opportunity of displaying their winning products at the Seafood Expo in Boston – formerly known as the International Boston Seafood Show – March 15-17.
The Symphony is hosted by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, and sponsored by a number of entities engaged in the seafood industry. It offers seafood promoters a stage for introducing new value-added seafood products made from Alaska seafood to seafood distributors, culinary experts and national news media.
The goal is to inspire innovative ways to use Alaska’s natural seafood resources.
The new category this year, Beyond the Plate, is open to seafood by-products of many types.
“The definition of this category is a consumer-ready product that is made with parts of seafood which would typically be deemed fish waste or a byproduct of the primary processing, such as fish oil, pet treats, fish leather and many others,” said Julie Decker, executive director of AFDF. “The seafood industry has invested heavily in the development of new products from traditionally unused seafood parts.”
The new category will help promote improvements in the industry to reduce fish waste, develop new products and increase the value of Alaska’s seafood, she said.
Each entry will be evaluated on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.
Dates for Symphony events are to be announced before December’s end.
More information is on the AFDF website, www.afdf.org