Alaska Symphony of Seafood Seeks Product for Competition

Plans are shaping up for the 26th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood. The call went out this week from Wrangell, in Southeast Alaska, for new value-added product competitors to enter either of four categories: retail, food service, beyond the plate and beyond the egg.

Judging and open house events are slated for Seattle, Washington on November 14 and in Juneau, Alaska, in mid-February.

First place winners and Seattle People’s Choice will be announced at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, which runs from November 18 -20. The overall grand prize, second and third place winners in each category and the Juneau People’s Choice winner will be divulged at the Juneau Legislative reception, which will be co-hosted by the United Fishermen of Alaska. First place winners will receive complimentary booth space and free airfare to participate in Seafood Expo North America in Boston in March.

“A significant portion of the value and health benefits in any fishery resource is found in the byproducts and roe,” said Julie Decker, executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which organizes the symphony competition.

Products are evaluated based on their packaging, presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.

Entry forms and fees are due by October 19.