A Feast for Foraging
Coastal Alaskans like to say, “When the tide is out, the table is set.” This reflects the bounty of the seas and shores of the world’s richest waters and the traditional way of life practiced by local residents. You too can join in this feast, and in doing so, experience the magic of this pristine world. Find wild salmon fishing in one of our streams or in a local restaurant and keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to enjoy fresh halibut, spot shrimp and other delicacies.
When hiking, look for season edibles such as spruce tips, fireweed shoots and fiddlehead fronds. Summer brings salmonberries, blueberries and more along roadsides and hiking trails. Fall is mushroom season and the Chugach National Forest is home to many fascinating kinds of fungus, both edible and inedible (make sure you consult an expert before eating any mushroom). Cordova’s annual Fungus Festival in early September offers mushroomy workshops, classes, cooking and guided forest forays.
Locals are always happy to share tips on what to look for at that time of year and the US Forest Service is a friendly resource for maps, up to date fishing tips, what’s blooming and all kinds of information on where to go and what to see. Additionally, you can find a wide selection of books, maps and other guides in our local shops – and often the friendly shopkeeper can be a knowledgeable resource with their own special list of favorite things to do.