This year’s 19th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood was a huge success by any measure: attendance, ticket sales, industry support through sponsorships, number of product entries and marketing exposure. In short, it was the “best ever” based on many attendees comments.
The Symphony’s winning products were a big hit at the International Boston Seafood Show; these included the Grand Prize winner, Kylee’s Alaskan Salmon Bacon by Tustamena Smokehouse, and Category winners, Tracy’s Alaskan King Crab Bisque by Tracy’s King Crab Shack, Sweet Potato Crunch Alaska Pollock Sticks by American Pride Seafoods, and Aqua Cuisine’s Naturally Smoked Salmon Franks by Aqua Cuisine Inc. There was significant “buzz” around our booth in Boston drawing seafood buyers, natural food enthusiasts, our Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, as well as Alaska Governor Sean Parnell.
AFDF wishes to thank our sponsors in particular for their increased support for 2012, since this is the first year that the Symphony has been conducted without grant funding in the last 10 years or more. Our regular industry supporters increased their level of sponsorship and other companies associated with seafood stepped up to add to their support. See a complete list of sponsors and their logos at http://www.afdf.org/symphony-of-seafood/sponsors/.
We would also like to thank Ms. Fish, Laine Welch, for emceeing our Gala Soiree in Anchorage and Val Motley & Amy Barnes of Fundraising Partners Northwest, our event planners that have helped AFDF put on the Alaska Symphony of Seafood for 10 years now. Thank you all.
We will be contacting companies soon to request sponsorships for our 20th Anniversary Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2013, and we hope to make it even a bigger celebration of new seafood products Alaska’s precious, valuable and sustainable fisheries resources!