2020 Alaska Food Festival and Conference
November 6 - November 7$40 – $150
Hosted by the Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC), this fifth semi-annual event previously took place in Anchorage in 2014 and 2016, in Fairbanks in 2017, and Homer in 2019. This year, the conference was scheduled for Anchorage before going virtual.
In addition to the Alaska Food Policy Council, this event is co-sponsored by the Alaska Village Initiatives AgAlaska Program, FRESH (the Food Research, Enterprise, and Sustainability Hub of the North), and Alaska Pacific University.
The goals of the conference and festival are to:
- Increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population;
- Provide training, resources, and networking opportunities to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision makers; and
- Increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions.
Details for the event are still in the planning stage. Past conferences have included presentations on food systems in Alaska, food security/insecurity, traditional foods, farmers markets, agriculture in Alaska, fisheries, food policy, food waste reduction, and more. We also plan to hold a silent auction featuring food-related items from around the state.
People and organizations interested in presenting about Alaska food topics can submit presentation abstracts by October 5 to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RH5RQYN. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, you can go to this link for more details about our sponsorship tiers, https://www.akfoodpolicycouncil.org/2020-sponsors.
The keynote speakers will be announced in August, and a tentative conference agenda will be available in October. More details about the conference are available at akfoodpolicycouncil.org/2020-festival-conference.