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 Dallas!

Local Dallas Area Activities on Monday, August 23rd – AHF is safely planning optional excursions for attendees to add on to their registrations at a later time. More information will be provided by June.

New Attendee Orientation

Conference Day 1

First time at AHF’s Annual Conference? Welcome! We’re thrilled that you will be joining us in Dallas!  To make sure you get the most out of your first conference experience with us, join AHF staff and leaders to set up your conference experience and learn the ropes.  Once the reception is over, head on over to our Opening Reception to continue networking with food and drinks.

If you miss the New Attendee Orientation or if you want to continue making new connections and asking questions, stop by the New Attendee Reception on Day 2 Tuesday before the culinary competition.

Opening Reception

Conference Day 1


Jumpstart your conference experience by joining us for our Opening Reception. AHF’s Opening Reception will be a Rodeo Theme, so attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite western attire, denim, hats, and boots are optional. The reception will have live music, fun activities, drinks, good food and most of all networking! Rumor has it, a mechanical bull ride may be in store!


Culinary Competition

Conference Day 2

Wrap up your sessions, grab a change of clothes and head over to AHF’s Annual Culinary Competition to watch five teams from across the country compete for the Gold medal using ingredients from our Market Basket! AHF’s Culinary Competition is a career-changing opportunity for our competitors, so be sure to cheer them on.

Not able to join in-person? Stay tuned for more details on the livestream!


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Rise & Shine Exercise Activity

Conference Day 3

Join your fellow attendees to get some light exercise in before sitting in sessions for the day. AHF’s morning exercise activity is a complimentary offering. Further details will be provided soon, so please check back! This event, as well as events, will be planned with the utmost consideration for safety and sanitation in mind. Further details to TBA.

Fundraising Activity

Conference Day 3

The Fundraising Activity will give you and your travel companions the chance to sign up for fundraising fun. More details to come soon. This event, as all events, will be planned with care to ensure participant safety. All net funds will be contributed to AHF’s Scholarship Program which helps operators attend future AHF conferences.


Celebrate AHF!

Conference Day 3

Attire: Cocktail attire; Jackets requested

Come Celebrate AHF! Each year we cap off our conference with the biggest celebration of the week. Grab your best cocktail attire, some photos on the AHF red carpet, and then network! The night will include an inspiring dinner and refreshments and a brief awards presentation highlighting the 2021 Making a Difference and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.