• Come Celebrate Wild Alaskan Seafood!
  • Sitka Seafood Festival, August 1 - 3 , 2013
  • Be a part of a culinary celebration of the best wild food source on the planet!
  • Come Celebrate Wild Alaskan Seafood!
  • Be a part of a culinary celebration of the best wild food source on the planet!
  • Sitka Seafood Festival, August 1 - 3, 2013.

Please mark your calendars for this year's festival!

Sitka Seafood Festival, August 1 - 2, 2014

Coming Soon:

Homebrew Beer Fest

Try your hand at some home brew! Or plan to come out and taste test this year's entries. For more information, or to get signed up, contact Eric at 206-681-8841 or email SitkaSeafoodFestival@gmail.com

Wine Enthusiast award

SSF sponsor and provider of the fabulous wines served at our banquet, Rodney Strong, has been awarded the American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Congratulations to Rodney Strong Vineyards. We look forward to sharing Rodney Strong wines at our 2014 banquet, August 1, 2014.

Sitka Seafood Festival announces new Director

The 5th annual Sitka Seafood Festival (SSF) is scheduled for Aug. 1-2, 2014. The festival continues to grow each year, and this past year brought in over 100 out of town guests, had some national recognition from a couple well-know culinary magazines, and continues to have more and more local support. Over the past 4 years, we have had a small group of volunteers working extremely hard to follow through with our mission statement, to "celebrate wild Alaskan seafood!" We have done this through education such as bringing amazing speakers such as a 2012 McArthur Genius Award winner David Montgomery and accomplished author, professor and Chef Becky Selengut to offer free presentations to the public. We also started the new culinary scholarship award this past year which we hope will continue to grow to give a passionate future culinary artist more experience and funds to pursue their career further. We offer entertainment, including local and headliner bands such as the well-known band Trampled by Turtles, aerial silk dancers, Ninja acrobatics, and of course, the addition of the Highland Games and this past year the full and 1/2 marathon. But, even with all the other fun events going on, the focus of our festival is based around celebrating the culinary aspect of our amazing, local products.

I am writing this letter today to introduce you to the new director and co-directors of the SSF. I am so extremely excited with the potential of where this festival can go, and if anyone gets the pleasure to meet our new directors, I think they will share in my enthusiasm, because these folks encompass what this festival is all about, and I think it can only get better from here! The 2014 SSF Director is Carolyn Kinneen, along with co-directors Jeren Schmidt and Robert Kinneen. All past board members, including myself, are staying active with the festival.

Carolyn Kinneen is wife to our 4-time returning guest Chef Robert Kinneen, and has been active in the festival since the start. She currently lives in Anchorage, AK, but with the help of our local co-director, Jeren Schmidt, should be a wonderful fit. Carolyn works in many different areas of food-related advocacy and policy, and sits on multiple boards pertaining to Alaskan-based foods. She has experience in running a large array of projects including the Anchorage TED X series, as well as the local Food Policy Board. We are very excited to have her on board, and if anyone would like to hear more about Carolyn, or pick her's or other board member's brains about the future SSF, we will be holding an open "meet and greet" on Friday, Oct 4, at 6pm at Baranof Island Brewery. Come say hello and welcome Carolyn, Rob and Jeren to their new positions, and pass along any suggestions, concerns or input you may have.

Thank you for your continued support Sitka! Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 5th annual SSF Aug 1-2, 2014, and our upcoming fundraiser, the Live Art Auction with the Fisherman's Eye Gallery on Oct 5th!

Alicia Haseltine

Past SSF Director, current board member

The SSF would not be the success it is without support, encouragement, donations, and the volunteer spirit of many, many people. We thank everyone who contributed their time, effort and financial support.

Sponsor Thanks

We had an exciting live auction and silent auction during our Friday night banquet. Thanks to the following for making that happen.

Auction Thanks

SSF awards culinary scholarship!

The Sitka Seafood Festival would like to congratulate Jackson Stein for being awarded the $500 Culinary Scholarship for 2013! This scholarship was designed for a local person interested in the culinary profession. Jackson will be able to work along side our 3 amazing guest chefs during the 2013 festival, and be an integral part of the 5 Course Seafood Extravaganza on Friday, Aug 2, 2013. He will use the scholarship funds towards furthering his culinary career.



See the videos of Sitka Seafood Festivals past. Some highlights of the 2012 Highland Games are below. Plan now to join in the games or attend and watch all the fun.

Check out our 2012 promotional video on YouTube.

Sitka Seafood Festival - August 2 - 4, 2013

What's new for 2013?

Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon and 1/2 Marathon

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sitka Seafood Festival is proud to be a part of the first Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon. Runners are coming from all over Alaska and the U.S. to participate. Check out more info on FaceBook.


And for 2013, the Saturday Market Place will be taking place on the SJ campus. There will be lots of room for vendor booths, games, entertainment and the Highland Games. It's a party you won't want to miss.

Celebrate Alaska's Wild Seafood

Sitka celebrated the most valuable wild food source on the planet and one of the most important industries during 2010 in its inaugural Sitka Seafood Festival, Aug 6 - 7, 2010. The purpose of this festival was to experience Alaska's wild and sustainable seafood through entertainment, education and culinary delights. The festival was coordinated by a long list of volunteers, and most grateful for help from our very generous sponsors throughout the community and maritime-based companies. The 2010 event was a two day festival starting Friday evening with the sold out banquet dinner. The dinner showcased Sitka's natural resources with four local chefs and our guest chef Robert Kinneen from ORSO in Anchorage, each preparing a different course.

The following day was an all-day event, starting with a maritime-themed parade, followed by booths celebrating seafood, maritime culture and traditions, as well as locally-based culinary creations. There were many exciting contests and demonstrations for adults and children including a tote race in the harbor, fish head toss, as well as knot tying demonstrations and filleting demos. Sitka Folk helped top the evening off with an amazing show with local bands and artists, featuring Trampled by Turtles.

We have learned a great deal from the first three years, and planning for 2013 is already underway. This year we would like to invite everyone and anyone interested in the maritime or seafood related community to take part. We would love to have more educational based demonstrations and information, as well as a larger involvement from the fishing community. This year’s event is scheduled for August 1 - 4, 2013 and will be a similar schedule to last year. If you would like more information or would like to be involved in any way, please contact us at sitkaseafoodfestival@gmail.com or contact Alicia Olson at 928-607-4845

Our website will be updated as plans take shape for the 2014 Festival. Please check back with us and plan to attend, August 1 - 2, 2014.




"Locally derived, seasonally inspired" Festival Banquet Dinner

Come and join us for a Seafood Extravaganza, Friday,August 2, 2013 at 6:30pm.

Opening Banquet Dinner: formal atmosphere showcasing our local talent and Executive Guest Chefs and many of our favorite local chefs.

Banquet tickets will be available at Old Harbor Books.

For more information about this year’s festival contact Alicia at 928-607-4845.