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Welcome - 2018 Pink Salmon Festival
Welcome to the official website of the City of Valdez 8th Annual Pink Salmon Festival. The 2018 event will be held on Saturday, June 30th at the John Kelsey Dock. This is the “one-stop-shop” for activity schedules, activity descriptions, and registration forms.

What is the Pink Salmon Festival?
Valdez is home to an annual Pink Salmon return of 10-15 million fish! 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. The Pink Salmon Festival is designed to celebrate and bring awareness of Pink Salmon as an incredibly healthy and sustainable food source that can be enjoyed in as simple or gourmet a preparation as you choose.

The highlight of the day is the Pink Salmon Cook-Off
Amateur chefs battle it out for thousands in prize money to see who can create the most delectable Pink Salmon Recipe. Click here to see a list of winners and the delicious recipes fixed by aspiring chefs over the past six years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
Pre-registration is required for Pink Salmon Cook-off! Click here to download the 2018 Cook Off Registration. 
Click here to download the Pink Salmon Cook Off Rules and Procedures.

2017 Pink Salmon 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

2018 Pink Salmon Festival Activity Schedule
The 2018 activity schedule of events for the Pink Salmon Festival is outlined below. Activities and schedule are subject to change. All activities are FREE!  Be sure to click on the link located below the schedule for a full description of each activity.

2018 Schedule





11:00am  Cook-Off: Challenger Set-up Begins Kelsey Dock Uplands
11:45am Cook-Off: Pink Salmon Distributed  Kelsey Dock Uplands  
12:00pm-2:00pm 2018 Pink Salmon Cook-Off: Cooking Begins Kelsey Dock Uplands Pre-Register
1:30pm - 2:00pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games Registration Kelsey Dock Uplands  
2:00pm - 3:00pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games Kelsey Dock Uplands  
2:00pm - 3:00pm Cook-Off: Cooking Ends & Judging Begins Kelsey Dock Uplands On-Site
3:00pm Cook-Off: Announcement of Winners Kelsey Dock Uplands  
3:15pm Free Community Pink Salmon Fish Fry Begins Kelsey Dock Uplands  

Schedule, Description and Map
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:
Doug Desorcie
Community Events Coordinator
Email Doug Desorcie
(907) 835-2531