In its second year, the Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival fundraiser will take place at the Britt Festival grounds on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00am to 5:00pm. SOSSF is THE event to determine who smokes the best salmon in Southern Oregon, while enjoying live music, beer, wine, food, children’s activities and smoked salmon samples from competitors from the Pacific Northwest. Last year, 13 competitors vied for cash prizes and bragging rights.

Last year, attendance at this exciting new Southern Oregon culinary event exceeded expectations and raised over $9300 for Maslow Project. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Maslow Project, a local non-profit, keeping over 2,000 homeless youth safe, in school, and working towards life goals. This year, event organizers hope to sell 1000 tickets and raise even more money for Maslow Project!

Musical acts scheduled to appear on the main Britt stage include L.E.F.T., Frankie Hernandez and the Old Soul Parade, Fret Drifters, Mountain Mamas and Brothers Reed. Local food will be provided by Bella Union, Rogue Creamery and more. Bella Union’s famous smoked salmon will also be available for sale and for sampling.

“Maslow Project is excited to be a part of this great community event. We love the family-friendly atmosphere and that it helps raise awareness for the needs of youth in Jackson County, where 1 in 10 children experience homelessness,” says Mary Ferrell, Executive Director of Maslow Project. Based on the success of last year’s SOSSF, Maslow Project has decided to endorse this great community day as their primary fall fundraiser.

SOSSF was founded in 2014 by Jacksonville residents, Ted Trujillo and Frank Kukla, a Maslow Project volunteer. Trujillo is a long-time professional in the insurance industry and founder of Green Peak Holdings, an events and fundraising organization. Trujillo serves as fundraising chair for the Madrone Trail Public Charter School and the Rogue Community College Foundation. After spending 16 years in the banking/finance sector, Kukla moved from the Midwest to Southern Oregon 4 years ago and has since been a full-time volunteer for 7 local non-profit organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for the Rogue Community College Foundation and Determined to Develop, a non-profit providing housing and educational assistance to orphans in Malawi, Africa.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and individuals interested in supporting this great cause. And, if you think you smoke the best salmon in Southern Oregon, this is your chance to prove it…the smoked salmon competition is limited to 20 competitors with a grand prize of $1000.

General admission tickets are $25 and include 5 food sample tickets and a beer/wine pour and $30 for those entering the competition. SOSSF is a child-friendly event with free admission for children under age 18 who are accompanied by an adult with a general admission/competitor ticket. There will be a paper airplane & hula hoop contest for the kids.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the Bella Union at 170 W. California Street in Jacksonville or at Maslow Project at 500 Monroe Street, Medford.

For tickets, sponsorship inquiries and competition entry forms, visit or call Ted Trujillo at 541-778-5589.

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