The timeline for Alaska’s most celebrated seafood bash has been advanced by several months. The Symphony of Seafood will switch its showcasing of new Alaska seafood products from next winter to this fall.
We heard from a number of companies that the time line was a bit late for preparing new products and looking forward to national and international competitions. So we decided to move up the timeline.
Julie Decker is director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, host of the Symphony for 25 years.
The contest features new products in four categories: retail, food service, Beyond the Egg and Beyond the Plate which features items made from seafood byproducts.
The judging now will occur at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle in mid-November.
For a couple reasons – it will give winners more time to plan their travel and to enter the products in the Seafood Expo North America contest in Boston in March.
Decker says the November event also will feature a Symphony Hall of Fame.
I think it will be a really interesting opportunity for everyone to see trends over time in product development and some of the winners I think people will recognize as common, every day products that were actually Symphony winners many years ago. So I think it will be a really run way to encapsulate what 25 years has meant to the industry.
Details are still being worked out, but Decker says the winning entries aren’t likely to remain confidential as in the past. But a big awards ceremony is planned for a special soiree set for February in Juneau.
For 2017 Coppa of Juneau took home the grand prize and tops in food service for its candied salmon ice cream.
Dear North Alaska Salmon Bites, a product of the Huna Totem Corporation won first at retail. Triad Fisheries salted, cured salmon bottarga won the Beyond the Egg category, and Tidal Vision of Juneau’s Crystal Clarity pool cleaner made from crab shells, was the winner of Beyond the Plate.
The call for products is set for mid-August with an entry deadline of October 6. Get more info at the AFDF website