FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host its second annual Food Day on Oct. 17 at the Wood Center.
The “Iron Chef” cookoff begins at 11 a.m., pitting the deans of the agricultural and fisheries schools in the “surf vs. turf” challenge. The surf ingredient for School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Dean Michael Castellini is halibut cheeks, while the turf entrée is reindeer for the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Dean Carol Lewis. Each will be assisted by professional UAF chefs. The contest will be judged by members of the Midnight Sun Chefs Association.
At noon, scientists square off with graduate students in the food jeopardy game, a fast-paced challenge that tests the contestants’ knowledge of food, nutrition, agriculture and fisheries.
Food, healthy lifestyle and agriculture exhibits will be on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a taste of Alaska buffet featuring all Alaska-grown food is offered from 11:30 a.m. until the food runs out. Cold-smoked sockeye fillets from Kodiak, grass-fed beef from the Matanuska Experiment Farm and vegetables and fruits from the Fairbanks Experiment Farm will showcase the Alaska bounty. UAF Dining Services will prepare the food.
The goals of national Food Day are to reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods; support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness; expand access to food and alleviate hunger; protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms; promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids; support fair conditions for food and farm workers.
Food Day is free and open to everyone. Parking is available in the Taku lot off of Farmers Loop ($3 for the day). Shuttle service will be available.