Cordova is celebrating the very salmon that help many a fisherman and business owner survive and thrive in this gorgeous seaside community with the Salmon Jam (previously known as Copper River WILD! Salmon Festival), set for July 13-14. This jam-packed two-day festival includes music, food, arts, crafts, a 5K race and more. Through this family-friendly festival, local nonprofits and loads of volunteers come together to raise awareness of the region’s rich resources and raise funds to support art opportunities in the community.
There’s also a beer tent, artisan craft fair and lots of fun for all ages at Mount Eyak Ski Area. Kids can learn to make fish prints, play educational “salmon-themed” games and more. Headlining this year’s festival is Big Fat Buddha, an Anchorage-based band whose vibe will satisfy funk, rock, soul and even bluegrass afficonados.
For those who like a racing challenge, enter the Alaska Salmon Run fun run on July 14, with distances ranging from marathon-length to one mile. The course is scenic and wild, crossing the Copper River Delta with views of glaciers, waterfowl, eagles and sometimes even moose and bears.
Finally, there is the best part of it all — food! The Taste of Cordova event celebrates the many ways in which salmon can be prepared and enjoyed, from filleting, to canning and smoking and more. Chefs compete in this annual event, preparing their favorite dishes, which are then judged by the experts. And it’s not just limited to salmon; local favorites such as berry desserts are also featured. For more details, go to salmonjam.org.
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