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Mount McKinley Centennial Climb
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount McKinley, a team of descendents from the original climbing group will retrace their footsteps up the highest peak in North America beginning June 7. Follow their trip and other historical items pertaining to the climb through the below outlets:

URL: denali2013.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Denali2013
Twitter: @Denali2013
Photo credit: Denali 2013
1. Seward chef crowned king of Alaska seafood
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute awarded returning competitor Chef Kevin Lane of Chinooks Waterfront in Seward as the winner of the second annual Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off. As winner of the event, Chef Lane will represent Alaska in the Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans this August. During the Alaska event that took place on May 8, six professional Alaska chefs were given one hour to create and plate a dish featuring wild Alaska seafood and Alaska Grown products that was then judged by a panel of well-known and established chefs from across the country. Chef Lane’s dish of sourdough-crusted sable fish with Yukon Gold potato puree, sea bean sauté, smoked salmon jus, rhubarb aigre-doux and basil coulis stood out among the dishes of the five other chefs to claim the title as “King of Alaska Seafood.”
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Tyson Fick, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Phone: 1-800-478-2903
Email: tfick@alaskaseafood.org
Twitter: @ASMIAKSeafood
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alaskaseafood
URL: www.alaskaseafood.org
Photo credit: Brian Adams

2. Alaska communities celebrating summer solstice
The summer equinox on June 21 marks an important observance statewide for Alaskans thriving on 20+ hours of daylight. Nome will celebrate the summer solstice on Saturday, June 22, with the Midnight Sun Festival featuring a themed parade, a polar bear swim and a folk festival organized by the local arts council (www.visitnomealaska.com/eventscalendar.html). Fairbanks’ annual Midnight Sun Festival on June 23 shuts down part of downtown for a 12-hour party, barbecue cook off, more than 180 booths with crafts and art for sale, a river slalom race and more (downtownfairbanks.com/events/midnight-sun-festival). Anchorage’s annual Downtown Summer Solstice Festival includes a variety of activities including the Hero Games, a friendly competition between Alaska’s first responders dueling it out over relay races and obstacle courses; activities for children including a puppet show, a kayak pool and a giant sandbox; and even a chainsaw art competition (www.anchoragedowntown.org). Seldovia’s Summer Solstice Music Festival takes place June 20-23 and consists of two full days of workshops, jam sessions, evening performances and features visiting and local performers (seldoviamusicfestival.wordpress.com). For more information on visiting Alaska, go to www.TravelAlaska.com.
 

Media contact:
Tara Stevens, Thompson & Co. Public Relations
Phone: 907-561-4488
Email: tara@thompsonpr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alaskatravelnews
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com

Photo credit: Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.


3. Alaska farmer’s markets in full swing for summer
The return of the seasonal Alaska farmer’s markets signals the official kick-off of the summer season. This year, Alaska will see 40 farmer’s markets across the state, an increase from summer 2012. Residents and visitors can pick up their favorite Alaska Grown foods and Alaskan-made products from Fairbanks to Kodiak, Haines to Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley to the Kenai Peninsula and many communities in between. Restaurant-goers may notice more items on menus branded as “Alaska Grown,” signifying the use of Alaska agricultural products in their dishes. The Alaska Grown initiative helps local farmers market goods and develop demand for Alaska agricultural products. The near 24-hour daylight and warmer temperatures make up for the long winter season and in Alaska, resulting in gigantic vegetables, tasty fruits and a variety of herbs -- not to mention the wide array of dairy, meat and seafood available. For more information on Alaska’s farmer’s markets and other Alaska Grown programs, visit dnr.alaska.gov/ag.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Amy Pettit, Division of Agriculture
Phone: 907-761-3864
Email: amy.pettit@alaska.gov
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dnr.alaskagrown
URL: dnr.alaska.gov/ag

Photo credit: Alaska Division of Agriculture


4. Second annual oyster showcase sure to be appetizing
Oyster lovers can indulge in Alaska’s growing mariculture industry at the second annual OysterFest, taking place in Juneau on July 13. Showcasing Alaska-grown oysters, attendees can learn shellfish safety and preparation tips, meet oyster growers from Southeast Alaska and view demonstrations from guest Chef Sandy Ingber, the executive chef of Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City. OysterFest is sponsored by Haa Aaní, LLC a subsidiary of Sealaska Corporation, and will be held in the Sealaska parking lot. Participants can also sample the shellfish and enjoy oyster-themed menu pairings at local restaurants around town. The inaugural event was held for the first time last year during Juneau’s biennial Celebration, a cultural and dance festival that showcases the Tsimshian, Tlingit and Haida people of Southeast Alaska.

Media Contact:
Contact: Shawn Blumenshine, Sealaska Corporation
Phone: 907-586-9251
Email: shawn.blumenshine@sealaska.com
Twitter: @Sealaska
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sealaska
URL: www.sealaska.com

Photo credit: Sealaska Corporation

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