AFDF announces winners of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood

    Bristol Bay's choice award went to Wild Salmon Chowder of Thunder's Catch. (Photo courtesy of AFDF)

    Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced the 1st place winners of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood, and two special awards for the Seattle People’s Choice and the Bristol Bay Choice, during Pacific Marine Expo.

    The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is an annual competition for new value-added products made from Alaska Seafood. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood kicked off on Wednesday in Seattle with a private judging session. Each product entered was grouped into one of three categories: Retail, Foodservice, and Beyond the Plate. This year, the following six special awards were also included: Grand Prize, Salmon Choice, Whitefish Choice, Seattle and Juneau People's Choice, and Bristol Bay Choice.

    Product entries were individually evaluated in each category by a panel of expert judges.

    The contest enlisted chefs, seafood writers, seafood buyers, and other industry experts to choose the best new Alaska Seafood products of the year.

    Scoring was based on the product's packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price, and potential for commercial success.

    This year, the special award, Bristol Bay Choice was given in partnership with one of the Benefactor sponsors, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA).

    The winner is the best sockeye product entered, as chosen by a representative judge of the BBRSDA.

    Also on Wednesday, AFDF held the Seattle Open House in collaboration with the Northwest Fisheries Association.

    Guests sampled each product and voted for their favorite. The winner was awarded Seattle People's Choice.

    The 1st place winners in each category, plus two special awards, announced Saturday, are listed here.

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