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Cordova Festival Celebrates Salmon, Supports Art


The Taste of Cordova cook-off at Copper River Wild! Salmon Festival features creative dishes that highlight Copper River salmon and other wild fare.

Copper River Salmon Jam


CORDOVA, AK—For one weekend each summer in the small fishing town of Cordova, the whole town dances, races, learns, and creates. For sixteen years, this fish-forward community has invited locals and visitors to join them at Copper River Salmon Jam, two days celebrating what sustains them year-round: Salmon and Art. During the day, there will be family fun at road races for all ages and levels and free kids’ activities. In the evenings, attendees can indulge in Copper River Salmon and live music. Ticket sales benefit the Cordova Arts Council and fund year-round cultural activities in this remote, coastal community. 

Copper River Salmon Jam

The Salmon Jam music stage features visiting performers as well as local talent. This year's headliner is Big Fat Buddha.

The Salmon Jam music festival brings in world-class musicians to share the stage with local and regional talent. This year’s headliners, Big Fat Buddha, offer music in flavors that appeal to rock, funk, soul, and bluegrass aficionados. Salmon Jam is also an opportunity to spot burgeoning talent throughout more than five hours of live music each night. Taste of Cordova, a wild food cook-off, gives visiting food writers, chefs, and festival attendees the chance to sample Cordova’s local flavors featuring salmon and other wild and foraged delicacies. Saturday’s Alaska Salmon Runs road race event marks its 32nd anniversary. Distance events include a King Salmon Marathon, Sockeye Half-Marathon, Coho 10K, Smolt 5K, and a one mile fun run/walk. Runners from all over the US and abroad travel to this destination race that features miles of mountains, glaciers, blue water lakes, and wildlife. Massage tables will be available after the race, followed by a wild salmon barbecue at the end of the day.

Kids and families can explore salmon together on Saturday afternoon at the Small Fry Arts and Education activities, while Prince William Sound Science Center, Copper River Watershed Project, Chugach National Forest Service, and other organizations will host educational activities. Participants can learn techniques for preserving and enjoying catches. Processors will send their fastest hands to demonstrate speed filleting techniques. Local art will be on display at he Artisan Craft Fair. 

Copper River Salmon Jam

Local processors send their fastest and most efficient filleters to demonstrate filleting techniques during the Small Fry family activities.

From kids’ activities, running events, and an Artisan Craft Fair to musical and culinary events, attendees can expect to be well-fed and entertained all weekend at the sixteenth annual Copper River Salmon Jam. Most festival events are held at Mt. Eyak Ski Area, with views of the Chugach Mountains, Orca Inlet, and Cordova’s working fishing harbor. A free shuttle runs throughout the weekend to and from festival grounds. Alaska Salmon Runs commence from the Cordova Community Medical Center parking lot Saturday morning. Cordova’s daily air service provided by Alaska Airlines and Ravn Air and ferry service on the Alaska Marine Highway make it easy to join in the fun. For more travel and visitor information, contact the Cordova Chamber of Commerce at 907-424-7260, cordovachamber.com

For more info, full festival schedule and to buy tickets, visit www.salmonjam.org.

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