This year’s entries include Trident Redi Grilled Pollock, Trident Wild Alaskan Beer Battered Cod, and Trident Wild Alaskan Salmon Bites, all from Trident Seafoods; Cod Fillets with Sundried Tomato Pesto, from Orca Bay Seafoods; Ocean Beauty Salmon Jerky, Black Pepper, Original Flavor and Teriyaki Flavor, from Ocean Beauty Seafoods; Wild Alaska Salmon Portions (Keta Salmon) from Copper River Seafoods; Little Sammies in a Blanket from AquaCuisine, and Tilgner’s Ruby Red Ole world Scottish Style Cold Smoked Sockeye Salmon, from Tilgner’s Specialized Smoked Seafood Products, in Ninilchik.
Judging in the new products contest, as well as a “People’s Choice” competition voted on by participants in a Seattle gathering, was completed on Feb. 5, but the list of winners won’t be revealed until the Anchorage gala.
In addition to the overall grand prize, there will be first, second and third place awards for retail, foodservice and smoked seafood competition.
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation since 1994 has organized the event to celebrate creative and innovative seafood products, judged by a panel representing various market segments related to the seafood industry.
Major sponsors include the Alaska seafood Marketing Institute, Northwest Fisheries Association, the At-sea Processors Association, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association and Copper River Seafoods.