Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Alaska Symphony of Seafood Postpones Events Due to COVID -19 Pandemic

Officials with the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation in Anchorage have rescheduled events for the 2020-2021 Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition to the spring of 2021 over concerns prompted by the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an announcement on Monday, Sept. 21, AFDF said that given the uncertainty of the pandemic they plan to inform interested entrants about the next event format, product quantities and delivery information when more information is available on the format of scheduled events.

The popular competition among seafood processors large and small normally includes a gala in Seattle in November, where entries in the retail, food service and smoked seafood competition, are judged and paid guests at the gala vote on their favorite entries.

The competition has varied somewhat in past years, for a while including also pet foods and products made from seafood byproducts, from nutritional supplements to salmon leather wallets.

The grand prize winner one year was Yummy Chummies, salmon-based treats for dogs and cats in a variety of flavors.  Then in February in Juneau, Alaska, AFDF sponsors a gala for the Alaska Legislature, which is in session, and announces prize winners in each competition, the winning choices of People’s Choice in both galas, and the grand prize winner. First place winners as well as People’s Choice winners in the past have been granted round trip air fare and booth space in the Alaska section of Seafood Expo North America in Boston. The Symphony has helped competition winners launch many products nationwide in both the retail and food service sectors.

Major sponsors of the 2019-2020 events included Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, Lineage Logistics, Trident Seafoods, Marine Stewardship Council, Northwest Fisheries Association, Alaska Air Cargo, At-Sea Processors Association and the United Fishermen of Alaska.

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