Alaska Symphony of Seafood

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Announces Postponement of November 2020 Symphony of Seafood Event and Rescheduling for Spring of 2021

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, organizer of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood (Symphony) since 1994, today announced the postponement of the Symphony event planned for November 2020 due to the ongoing health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rescheduling for the event is planned for Spring of 2021 with a Call for Product to be reissued in early 2021.

Despite some re-opening measures nationally and locally, there are still far too many uncertainties about the impact that COVID-19 will have on travel and mass gatherings this November in Seattle. Accordingly, it is impossible to hold an in-person event that would provide an experience that the Alaska seafood industry finds so valuable within the Symphony. AFDF will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health crisis and will provide monthly updates to the industry and partners on the 2021 rescheduled event. Additionally, AFDF will explore exciting opportunities to hold virtual events throughout the year, celebrating past Symphony winners along with new value-added products made from Alaska Seafood.

The Symphony is designed to support and promote the Alaska seafood industry and is 100% supported by industry. After AFDF polled industry partners and participants, it became evident that COVID-19 has and will continue to hinder much of industry’s ability to produce new value-added products or participate in the Symphony within such close proximity to the peak of the pandemic, whether in-person or virtual. Without healthy participation by industry, the benefits of an in-person or virtual event are limiting. Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will let interested entrants know about the event format, product quantities, and delivery information when more information is available on the format of scheduled events. The safety of all communities is of the topmost importance, thank you for your understanding.

We thank you for your support for AFDF and the Symphony. AFDF will provide more details on Symphony events in the coming months, please do not hesitate to reach out to Riley Smith or Val Motley with any questions.

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation announces the 2021 Alaska Symphony of Seafood and Call for Product

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced the Call for Product for the 28th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood which culminates in 2021. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a competition for new value-added products made from Alaska seafood. The overall goal is to inspire innovative ways to fully utilize and increase the value of Alaska’s seafood. The Call for Product is now available. Entry forms and fees are due by October 6, 2020.

If your company currently has a product in the market made from Alaska seafood, your innovative product is requested for a command performance in the 28th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood!

Since 1994, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation has conducted the Alaska Symphony of Seafood celebrating creative products made from Alaska seafood. The purpose of the event is to encourage and promote the development of value-added products made from fisheries resources taken from the pristine waters of Alaska. This year, we are excited to feature Salmon and Whitefish categories in addition to Retail, Food Service and Beyond the Plate categories. Product entries can enter into all qualified categories and are eligible for multiple awards (i.e. Retail and Salmon, or Beyond the Plate and Whitefish). Additionally, products will be eligible to win special awards in the following categories: Seattle People’s Choice, Juneau People’s Choice, Bristol Bay Choice, and the coveted Grand Prize. Any questions about qualifications of products should be directed to Val Motley.

The 28th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood begins with the private judging of qualified entries in Seattle in November 2020. All products will be prepared and displayed by professional culinary staff. Following the judging, an Open House will be held for all entrants, seafood industry invitees, sponsors, the press and the judges. The next event will be an awards ceremony in Juneau in February 2021, allowing the display and sampling of products by the Alaska Legislature and other special guests. Again this year, the first place in each category will also be entered into the Seafood Expo North America’s competition for new products, called the Seafood Excellence Award.

In order to participate in the Alaska Symphony of Seafood, your product must be market ready—in commercial production by the date of the event. First place winners from each category are sent to Seafood Expo North America in Boston in March, 2021. Additionally, if your product wins in any category, including People’s Choice or the Grand Prize, you will be able to market your product as an Alaska Symphony of Seafood winner, helping to distinguish it from others as a high quality product. After the contest is over, we will also send you the judges’ scores and comments about your product. This kind of feedback is invaluable to any new product development effort.

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood enjoys excellent coverage by national and international seafood trade publications. For anyone interested in Alaska seafood, the renowned Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a great way to learn about the extraordinary efforts the industry has made to develop value-added products, to reduce fish waste, and to increase the value of Alaska’s seafood. From start to finish, the Alaska Symphony of Seafood offers a means to publicize new products, promote a healthy food, and help expand the worldwide markets for products made from Alaska seafood. We look forward to having your products participate in this exciting event!

In order to hold these events, the Symphony is 100% funded by industry and its supporters each year. AFDF would like to recognize and thank our sponsors from last year. Major sponsors include Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, Lineage Logistics, Trident Seafoods, Marine Stewardship Council, Northwest Fisheries Association, Alaska Air Cargo, At-Sea Processors Association, and the United Fishermen of Alaska. See here for a complete list of sponsors. Click here for more information on Symphony sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

27th Alaska Symphony of Seafood

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood (ASOS) is an annual competition for new commercial-ready products made from Alaska seafood. The goals for the Symphony are to encourage value-added product development, maximize the value of the resource and diversify markets for Alaska seafood. Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg. Awards are given to the first, second and third place products in each category, in addition to three other awards: Grand Prize, Seattle People’s Choice, and Juneau People’s Choice. AFDF partners with ASMI, UFA and NWFA to host events in Seattle, WA, and Juneau, AK. The winners receive booth space and air travel to the Seafood Expo North America (SENA, Boston Seafood Show), and are entered into the new products contest, Seafood Excellence Awards (SEA), which will provide Alaska’s winners with additional international recognition. Find out more information about the ASOS here.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. The series of Symphony events will kick off mid-November in Seattle where judges will taste, deliberate and score all the product entries. Evaluations will be based on the products’ packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success. The Call for Product will be released soon – stayed tuned! Entry forms and fees will be due in October. All information will be available at AFDF’s website.

Above: Benefactor, Maestro and Concertmaster level sponsors.

Symphony Sponsorship

Sponsorship of the ASOS is essential in order to continue to promote the innovative new products the seafood industry has to offer. Sponsorship offers companies networking
and promotional opportunities in Alaska, Seattle, Boston and across the nation. Sponsorship also offers businesses a venue to promote themselves and their services to the Alaska seafood industry which has an economic output of over $5 billion in Alaska and sales of $52 billion nationally. For the past twenty-six years, the Symphony has received tremendous support from the entire seafood supply chain, which demonstrates that this event is important to many businesses connected to the industry. Sponsorships can be tailored to your needs and sponsorship levels range from $250 to over $10,000. Your support and sponsorship will continue this important event and help create more value for all from Alaska Seafood.