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 2019 Valdez Seafood Festival
 (formally the Pink Salmon Festival)
The 2019 event will be held on Saturday August 24th and Sunday August 25th in the community events area at John Kelsey Dock.

On Saturday-  the ANNUAL COOK OFF BATTLE BEGINS, followed by Sunday - the FINALS! PLUS LIVE MUSIC!  More information coming soon!

Did you know?
Valdez, surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and located in Prince William Sound -  is the premier fishing destination in Alaska. Our waters are open year-round, and home to an abundance of seafood - salmon, lingcod, rockfish, halibut, shrimp and more!  Valdez is also home to the oldest fishing derby in Alaska - the Valdez Fish Derby. 

Each year visitors witness the return of 10-15 million Pink Salmon  - This represents the bulk of the local commercial fishing industry. Pink Salmon are harvested and processed in a variety of different ways (whole, filets, canned and eggs) and shipped around the world for consumption.

Why Celebrate?
The Seafood Festival is designed to celebrate and bring awareness of Pink Salmon and to showcase the incredible seafood found in our waters, as a healthy and sustainable food source.

Pre-registration is required for the Cook-off! Click here to download the 2019 Cook Off Registration. Available Soon!
Click here to download the 2019 Cook Off Rules and Procedures. Available Soon!

The highlight of the weekend will be the 2019 Cook-Off & Tasting!

The competition is FREE TO ENTER and open to all - amateurs, professionals and culinary art’s students. 
2019 Categories of competition are: APPETIZER, SOUP/CHOWDER and MAIN DISH.
The City of Valdez will be supplying the Seafood!
There will be limited spots available each day.  Register early to avoid disappointment.

Come watch the fun as they battle it out for thousands in prize money, and see who can create the most delectable Seafood inspired Recipe.

2019 Total Grand Prize Money $3,000
1st Place $1,500
2nd Place $1,000
3rd Place $500

Don't miss the TWO tasting sessions that will be open to the public. By purchasing your tasting tickets, you will be able to redeem them for the delicious samples created by the Contestants.

Just don't forget to grab your tasting tickets to redeem for the delicious samples.

2017 Cook-Off Winners

Amateur Division

1st Place: Tommi Mooney - Valdez, AK
2nd Place: Thale Steenhoven - Salcha, AK
3rd Place:  Yosselyn Gheen - Valdez, AK
4th Place:  Mary Anne Wivholm - Anchorage, AK

Pro Division

1st Place: Robert Gaarde - Valdez, AK
2nd Place: Edward Hartleb Jr. - Valdez, AK
3rd Place:  Natalie Gabler - Valdez, AK
4th Place:  Christopher Wiles - Valdez, AK

2019  Festival Activity Schedule  AVAILABLE SOON!
The 2019 activities and schedules are subject to change. All activities are FREE!  (except the tasting tickets)

City Events & Marketing Coordinator is looking  Local Vendors, Seafood Exhibitors and Volunteers!
Contact Laurine Regan by email: for more information.

Schedule, Description and Map AVAILABLE SOON!
Click here to download a printable schedule.
Click here for a map of activity locations.
Click here for detailed activity descriptions.

Additional Information
If you have any questions, please contact:
Laurine Regan
Economic Development Dept.,
Events & Marketing Coordinator
Email Laurine Regan
Phone Laurine Direct on (907) 313-0094