The 18th Annual 2011 Alaska Symphony of Seafood conducted by Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is scheduled as a 3 event celebration of new Alaskan seafood products this winter. The 2011 Alaska Symphony of Seafood will kick off in Seattle with the judging event and reception for seafood industry insiders and invitees on February 3rd @ the Palace Ballroom. The judging results will be kept confidential until the Anchorage event, but the Seattle attendees will vote for their favorite; the entrée that collects the most votes is proclaimed Seattle People’s Choice Award winner (Last year, it was Ivar’s Wild Alaska smoked salmon chowder!). On Friday, February 11th, AFDF will hold the 18th Annual Gala Soiree to announce the winners from the judging in 3 categories: Retail, Food Service and Smoked products and celebrate these winners along with the Anchorage People’s Choice Award winner, the favorite product that night in Anchorage. AFDF will then conduct a third venue in Juneau on Tuesday, March 8th @ the Baranof; AFDF’s 18th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood Open House: Sampling the New Seafood Entrees. This “sampling” in Juneau will be attended by invitees and seafood industry luminaries; guests will vote for their favorite new product and that winning entrée will become the Juneau People’s Choice Award winner. Category winners will win airfare and booth space at the International Boston Seafood Show (IBSS) in late March, and entry into their New Products contest. Let’s see if we can make it to the 20th Annual in 2013!