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Alaska Fisheries Development Announces Dates for the 18th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood


Call for Product to enter the contest now available

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Friday, November 5, 2010) — Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced today that they will again hold the judging event and a reception for their 18th Annual  Alaska Symphony of Seafood new products contest in Seattle, Washington.  The judging/reception will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2011.  They also announced they will hold their Gala Soirée and Awards Ceremony in Anchorage on Friday, February 11, 2011 and they will hold a new event, AFDF Open House: Sampling the Entrees in Juneau on March 8, 2011.

The event’s multiple locations gives fisheries and seafood promoters the opportunity to introduce new and innovative value-added seafood products from Alaska fisheries and gain exposure with industry and culinary experts, seafood distributors, and national media. The overall goal is to inspire better use of Alaska’s natural seafood resources.

“This year we are thrilled to be bringing the judging event and the new products back to our industry partners in Seattle and culminating in Anchorage for our Gala Soirée and Awards Ceremony,” said Jim Browning, Executive Director of AFDF.  “In addition, we are excited to announce a new event – we will hold an AFDF Open House: Sampling the Entrees reception in Juneau where guests will have the opportunity to sample all the competing products and vote for their favorite.”

Each participant in the contest is grouped into one of three categories: Retail (salmon, whitefish or shellfish), Foodservice (salmon, whitefish or shellfish) or Smoked Products. Product entries are then individually evaluated by a panel of expert judges during a private judging session. Evaluations are based on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.

After the judges are finished reviewing and tasting the products, the chefs, manufacturers, buyers, sellers and media are also invited to vote on their favorite product at the Seattle reception. This “Seattle People’s Choice Award” will be announced at the end of the event in Seattle on February 3, 2011.

The overall grand prize, first, second and third place winners of each category are kept confidential until February 11th, when the results are announced at the Gala Soirée in Anchorage, Alaska.  The “Anchorage People’s Choice Award” will also be announced. First place winners from each category receive complimentary booth space at the International Boston Seafood Show in March 2011, the industry’s biggest event of the year, as well as free airfare to and from the show.

Call for Products is now available online at www.symphonyofseafood.com. The deadline for consideration in this year’s competition is Friday, January 7, 2011. Considered products must be market ready (in commercial production) by the date of the competition.

The Seattle and Juneau Open House events are by invitation only in recognition of Seattle and Juneau’s role in the fishing industry and its many friends in the market, transportation and service sectors.

For more information visit www.symphonyofseafood.com, or contact Val Motley: 206-352-3922, val@symphonyofseafood.com.

About Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Since 1993, the Alaska Symphony of Seafood has celebrated creative and innovative ideas in the seafood industry, bringing together a host of new products before a panel of judges and the public. It was created by AFDF to promote new product development for seafood harvested in Alaskan waters by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a wide variety of companies and organizations that together, are building the future of the Alaska fishing industry.

For more information, visit www.symphonyofseafood.com.

About Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is a private, non-profit organization chartered in 1978 for the purpose of developing infrastructure, and turning challenges into opportunity for Alaska's commercial seafood industry.  For over 32 years, AFDF has been supporting innovation with Alaska seafood and developing new methods to increase the value of Alaska seafood through better handling, processing, and transporting of Alaska seafood products.

For more information, visit www.afdf.org.



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