The competition for the best Alaskan smoked salmon returns 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 fishermen from small boats.
This year’s contenders for the Smoked Salmon Super Bowl include Salmon Sisters, Homer; Saltwood Smokehouse, Seward; Fresh seafood Kodiak, Kodiak; Personalized seafood, Soldotna; Alaskan sausage and seafood, Anchorage; and the 2019 Smoked Salmon Super Bowl winner, with smoked salmon bellies, Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood, Ninilchik.
Judges for the second Smoked Salmon Super Bowl include an eclectic team of members of the best bands from the three-day festival, which begins Friday, August 6, as well as local Alaskan seafood specialists, including chefs, fishmongers and fishermen.
The winners will be announced on Sunday August 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.
Winners will also receive tickets to Salmonfest 2022, a Salmonfest loot package, a business listing on the Salmonfest website and media exposure, event officials said.
The festival features over 60 groups performing on four stages, the state’s best food, arts and beers, as well as 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-scale processors to organize seasonal seafood offerings to help stewardship-minded fishermen to get a better price for their catch.