Events

In addition to a fantastic line up of speakers, updates on the latest industry trends, and unique learning experience, AHF Annual Conferences are packed with networking events and activities. Check out some of our planned events below. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. See you in Orlando!

New Member Orientation


Tuesday, August 4th, preceeding Opening Reception

First time at AHF’s Annual Conference? Welcome! We’re thrilled that you will be joining us in Orlando!  To make sure you get the most out of your first conference experience with us, join AHF staff and leaders to ingite your conference experience and learn the ropes. We will walk you through everything you need to know to get the most our of your AHF conference experience while meeting other first time attendees. Once orientation is over, head on over to our Opening Reception to continue networking with food and drinks.

If you miss the new member orientation, or if you want to continue making new connections and asking questions, stop by the New Member Lounge on Wednesday!

Opening Reception

Tuesday, August 4th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Theme: Havana Nights
Attire: TBA

Jump start your conference experience by joining us for our Opening Reception. Head over to the Opening Reception on Tuesday night to grab food and say hi to your friends and colleagues. AHF’s Opening Reception will have live music, fun activities, drinks, good food and most of all networking!

Thank you to our Opening Reception sponsors!

Culinary Competition

Wednesday, August 5th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Wrap up your sessions, grab a change of clothes and head over to AHF’s 11th Annual Culinary Competition to watch five team from accross the country complete for the Gold medal using ingredients from our Marketing Basket! AHF’s Culinary Competition is a career changing opportunity for our competitors, so be sure to cheer them on and watch them create their submitted dishes. Each team will have 75 minutes to create their signature dish for the judges panel. A mystery ingredient will be revealed at conference. Stay tuned!

Immediately following the competition AHF will have surprise reception so plan to stay and network with our competitors while you find out who our first, second, and third place winners are.

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Rise & Shine Exercise Activity

Thursday, August 6th, 6:30 – 7:30 am

Join your fellow attendees to get some light exercise in before sitting in sessions for the day. AHF’s morning excercise activity is a complimentary offering. Further details will be provided soon, so please check back!

You can register for the event during registration.

Fundraising Blitz

Thursday, August 6th, 4:45 – 6:00 pm

The Fundraising Blitz will give you and your travel companions the chance to sign up for unique activities and experiences taking place throughout the hotel. All net funds will be contributed to AHF’s Scholarship Program which helps operators attend AHF conferences.

Funds raised in 2020 will help operators join us in 2021. In 2020 AHF was thrilled to have raised more than $30,000 to help our operators, competitors, award winners, and other join us in Orlando. AHF works to provide as much support as it can.

Ignite The Night

Thursday, August 6th, 7:30 – 11:00 pm

Attire: Cocktail attire; Jackets requested

Come Ignite the Night with AHF! Each year we cap off our conference with the biggest celebration of the week! Grab your best cocktail attire, grab some photos on the AHF red carpet, and then dance the night away. The night will include a inspiring dinner and refreshments and a brief awards presentation highlighting the 2020 Making a Difference and Lifetime Achievement award recipients. Don’t miss the live band following the awards presentation. Be sure to join us and get ready to show us your best dance moves!