Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Announces the 26th Alaska Symphony of Seafood

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced the Call for Product for the 26th annual Alaska Symphony of  Seafood in 2019. 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 19, 2018. All information is available at AFDF’s website.

Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate, and Beyond the Egg. “A significant portion of the value and health benefits in any fishery resource is found in the byproducts and roe. The Symphony is continuing to encourage and promote new product development in these particular categories which has an overall effect of increasing the value of the resource, improving nutritional output,
and reducing waste – a win‐win‐win,” said Julie Decker, Executive Director of AFDF. “We are pleased to continue to offer these categories, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg, which also reflect exciting recent trends and investments in the seafood industry.”

Product entries are individually evaluated by a panel of expert judges during a private judging session. Evaluations are based on the product’s packaging, presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success. First, second and third place winners from each category are awarded, as well as an overall grand prize, Seattle People’s Choice and Juneau People’s Choice. First place winners also receive complimentary booth space, as well as free airfare, provided by Alaska Air Cargo to and from the Seafood Expo North America (SENA), the industry’s biggest event of the year. The winners will also automatically be entered into the new products contest held at the SENA called the Seafood Excellence Awards (SEA) which will provide additional national and international exposure during the largest seafood show in North America.

During the Seattle Open House, the chefs, manufacturers, buyers, sellers and media are invited to vote on their favorite product at the Seattle reception. This award ‐ “Seattle People’s Choice” ‐ will be announced at the end of the event. The first place award in each category will be kept confidential until a public announcement at the Pacific Marine Expo, Nov. 18‐20 (exact date TBD). The overall grand prize, the second and third place awards in each category, and the
“Juneau People’s Choice” will all be announced at the end of the Juneau Legislative Reception co‐hosted with the United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA).

Judging and Open House events will be held in Seattle on November 14, 2018, and in Juneau on February 19th, 2018. The winners will be given an opportunity to display their winning products at SENA in Boston (March 17‐19, 2019). The event’s multiple locations give seafood companies the opportunity to introduce new value‐added products from Alaska seafood and gain exposure with industry and culinary experts, seafood distributors, and national media.

This year, AFDF will again be collaborating with Diversified Communications to announce the winners for each category and the Seattle People’s Choice at the Pacific Marine Expo (PME) in Seattle on November 18‐20, 2018.

AFDF depends upon sponsorships to fund this event each year. AFDF would like to recognize and thank our major sponsors from last year: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, At‐sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Alaskan Brewing Company, Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association, Kwik’Pak Fisheries LLC, Trident Seafoods, UniSea and
United Fishermen of Alaska.

This year judges are:

Megan Rider  – ASMI
Cynthia Nims – Monappetit LLC
Susan Chesney – Diversified Communications
Rachel Sapin – Intrafish
Tim Delling – FareStart
Tomi Marsh – FV Savage
Naomi Tomky – Food and Travel Writer
Bryan Jarr – JarrBar

About the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

Founded in 1978, AFDF is dedicated to identifying problems common to the Alaska seafood industry and developing efficient, sustainable solutions that provide benefits to the economy, environment and communities. For more information, visit AFDF website. For more information about the Symphony, visit Symphony website.