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2023 ALASKA – January Through June 2023
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

January 28-February 4, 2023
Cordova Iceworm Festival
Cordova, Alaska
Cordova rolls out the red carpet and welcomes guests from all over the world the the annual Cordova Iceworm Festival. In 1961, a few Cordovans created the Iceworm Festival as a way to break up the winter blues.  Since then, the event has turned into one of the most successful festivals in Alaska.  Three days of fun-filled events showcase Cordova’s talents, hospitality and sense of humor.  The Iceworm Variety Show features local performers and is the stage for the Miss Iceworm coronation.  Groups of locals race down the docks, jump into survival gear and dive into the icy harbor waters in the annual Survival Suit Race.

February 14, 2023  VALENTINE’S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 18-25, 2023  National FFA Week – Nationwide
The week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

February 24-26, 2023  Annual Winterfest – Haines, Alaska
Chili Cook off.

March 6-10, 2023 – National School Breakfast Week – Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  ‘Make the Grade with School Breakfast.’

March 16-18, 2023  ComFish Alaska – Kodiak, Alaska
Alaska’s Premier Commercial Fisheries Trade Show

March 21, 2023 – ‘AgDay’ National Agriculture Day – Nationwide
A day to recognize & celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

April 14-16, 2023  The Great Alaska Sportsman Show
Anchorage, Alaska
One of America’s most unusual gatherings of men and women who love the great outdoors and the Alaska vendors, exhibitors and experts who seek to equip and prepare them for a season afield.  The four-day show draws sell-out crowds of people who care passionately about fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing and virtually all other outdoor activities. Come join us at the Sullivan and Ben Boeke Arenas.

April 22, 2023 – Earth Day – Worldwide
More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 29, 2023  Wild Food Feast 2023 – Cordova, Alaska
Cook your favorite dish made from local wild ingredients, and enter it in the Wild Food Feast Cook-off!! We invite participants to use their kitchen creativity to show off fish, game, and berries that grew, walked, swam, or flew in the watershed and were harvested in your local area. The only rule is the showcase ingredient in your dish can not come from a traditional brick-and-mortar store. Rather, let the great out-of-doors be your grocery store!  Prizes will be awarded for the favorite dish in each category. All guests are entered into door prize drawings.

May 14, 2023 – MOTHERS’ DAY – Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday).

May 25-29, 2023  Kodiak Crab Festival – Kodiak, Alaska
Ask any Kodiakan what the best five days in May are and they’ll smile and say “Crab Fest, of course!”

May 26-27, 2023  Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival
Haines, Alaska
Proud to be Alaska’s Oldest Craft Beer Festival!  Sample excellent craft beers from breweries around the state and region. Enjoy live music, eat good food, and taste great beer!

June 9-17, 2023  Slam’n Salm’n Derby – Anchorage, Alaska
Pick up a free derby ticket before wetting a line for the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.  As one of the only urban fishing derbies in America, the derby provides a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to get in some “reel” action in the center of the state’s largest city. For those traveling without gear, several local businesses rent fishing poles and boots and sell licenses.  Salmon fishing derby benefits Downtown Soup Kitchen, which provides 90,000 meals annually and other services for the hungry and homeless in Anchorage, Alaska.

June 17, 2023  Haines Community Fishermens Free Salmon Barbecue
Dalton City, Alaska
The Fishermen’s Barbecue is sponsored by local and regional fishing industry businesses to bring attention to the importance of Wild Alaskan Salmon to Southeast Alaskan lifestyle and local economies–and, of course, to our dinner tables!

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