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The Best Food Festivals in Alaska

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The Best Food Festivals in Alaska

A gastronomic tour of Alaska? Why not! The Great North offers food festivals for all tastes.

At the Alaska State Fair (held in August and September in the Chugach Mountains), you can witness competitions between livestock farmers, admire gigantic vegetables and stuff yourself on salmon.

Go back to the good old times at Gold Rush Days in Valdez: feast on meat and pancake breakfasts and play traditional games.

At the end of May Kodiak hosts the Kodiak Crab Festival, while salmon lovers will want to go to the Copper River Wild – Salmon Festival in Cordova, dedicated to Alaska’s favourite fish, where visitors can try their hand at recipes featuring local salmon alongside the locals.

Haines is the site of the Great Alaska Craftbeer and Homebrew Festival featuring local beers. And now that you’ve learned to love the Alaskan cuisine, you’ll want to read What Real Alaskans Eat (Epicenter Press), in which J. Stephen Lay describes traditional recipes ranging from cranberry liqueur to reindeer soup.

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