The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation has issued a call for products to compete in the 2016 Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition for value added products made from Alaska seafood.
The deadline for entries is Jan. 8.
A new category being added this year, Beyond the Egg, will include products made with roe or uni, such as jarred ikura, herring roe-on-kelp, uni paste or uni crème brulee. Last year Arctic Paws LLC of Anchorage, which produces the popular pet food snack Yummy Chummies, won the grand prize for pet snack entries into the Symphony’s Beyond the Plate category.
Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories, including Beyond the Egg, Beyond the Plate, retail or food service.
Entries are judged on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success. First, second, third and grand prize winners will be awarded, as well as the People’s Choice award voted on by those attending Symphony galas in Seattle, Juneau and Anchorage in February.
Winners will be given the opportunity to display their product at Seafood Expo North America in Boston next spring.
The overall goal of the Symphony is to inspire innovative ways to use Alaska’s natural seafood resources.
More information is at www.afdf.org/symphony-of-seafood/
The Symphony, sponsored by AFDF since 1993, celebrates creative and innovative ideas for value added products in the seafood industry by encouraging participation and sponsorship of the event from a wide variety of companies, organizations and government entities interacting with the seafood industry.