Competition for the best smoked salmon in Alaska is back on the table for the 10th year of Salmonfest at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, hosted by the event itself and Catch 49, which promotes the harvest of small boat harvesters.
This year’s contenders for the Smoked Salmon Super Bowl include Salmon Sisters, Homer; Saltwood Smokehouse, Seward; Kodiak Fresh Seafood, Kodiak; Custom Seafoods, Soldotna; Alaska Sausage and Seafood, Anchorage; and the winner of the 2019 Smoked Salmon Super Bowl, with smoked salmon bellies, Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood, Ninilchik.
Judges for the second Smoked Salmon Super Bowl include be an eclectic crew composed of members of top musical acts from the three-day festival, which begins on Friday, Aug. 6, plus local Alaskan seafood specialists, among them chefs, fishmongers and fishermen.
The winners are to be announced on Sunday, Aug. 8, the last day of Salmonfest 2021.
Prizes include the opportunity for the winning entity to sell their products at the Catch 49 retail store in Anchorage and online at www.catch49.org.
The winners will also receive tickets to Salmonfest 2022, a Salmonfest swag package, business listing on the Salmonfest website, and media exposure, event officials said
The festival features over 60 bands performing across four stages, the state’s top food, art and brews, plus a science symposium and daily family events.
Catch 49 is the social enterprise arm of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, which works with small boat fishermen and small processors to curate seasonal seafood offerings to assist stewardship-minded fishermen obtain a better price for their catch.