The Old Salt Annual Fish Spread Contest. Coming right on the heels of the Fall King of theBeach, this competition and tasting is one of our most popular local events. Contestants will vie forĀ  cash, prizes and bragging rights while attendees will taste, vote and enjoy. The good people at Gators Cafe & Saloon on Johns Pass host the event and all of the spreads are homemade and prepared with local fish.

Here is a great example of what to expect: Brian’s award winning smoked fish spread

Old Salt Fish Spread Competition and Tasting

When: November 12, 2019, 7:30PM
Where: Gators Cafe at John’s Pass

The Competition
$10.00 Entry Fee (covers entry into both categories)

Competition Categories:
Judges Awards – Cash and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers
Peoples Choice Award – Prize for 1st place finisher as voted on by folk in attendance.

The Tasting
$2.00 Donation per Taster
Sample all of the entered fish spreads and vote for the Peoples Choice Award winner.

Come out Tuesday, November 12th to Gators on the Pass in Treasure Island (MAP) to get your spread on at the Old Salt Annual Fish Spread Contest. We always see a wide range of wonderfully smoked spreads… something to tantalize every taste bud.

Interested in competing? Put your spread up against the best – show us what you have.

Fish Spread Contest Rules

Judges Award

  • Contestants will submit a 1 cup (8oz) serving for judging
  • All spreads will be transfered to a non-descript, unmarked container (and assigned a random number) by Old Salt for purposes of judging
  • No crackers, garnishes or sauces allowed
  • 3 judges will taste each spread and vote to select the top three (3) entries.
  • Judging will be based on taste and texture of the spread

Peoples Choice Award

  • Submit a platter/container of fish spread for tasting by the folks in attendance
  • Quantity and presentation are up to the entrant. Favorite crackers, hot sauces and garnishes are allowed
  • Each entry will be assigned a number. The tasters will vote and the spread getting the most votes wins.

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