Know Before You Go

Use this page to plan your visit and everything you need to bring and prepare for. We will post updated information here as it becomes available. 

Conference Hotel

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E Greenway Pkwy,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Hotel Direct Phone #: (480) 624-1000

Check-in time: 4:00 PM 
Check-out time: 11:00 AM

For more conference information, explore the rest of this conference website or the hotel and travel page which includes links to information about local activities.

Safety & Sanitation Precautions

As the world makes every effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be sure that we are doing our part in reducing the risk of potential spread to our guests, friends, and colleagues. We are greatly looking forward to meeting safety at our conference. As we prepare the gather, we ask that everyone respect and observe our safety pledge by adhering to our five golden rules:

  1. Vaccinate if you can
  2. Avoid any travel if you are sick
  3. Wear a mask
  4. Wash & sanitize your hands frequently (we will have sanitation stations available throughout the event)
  5. Respect and practice social distancing

The Westin Kierland property is part of Marriott International’s family of brands and has implemented a multi-pronged approach to meet the health and safety requirements of our “Commitment to Clean” standards.

To see the latest on the hotel’s safety protocols, visit the website here.

To read about the Health and Safety Protocols the city of Scottsdale has in place as part of the Safe Travel Pledge.


Food Allergies

Note: If you have a food allergy, during each meal service, there will be signs that indicate common allergens. If you have a special dietary restriction (you will have indicated this during badge registration), you will have a special card in your badge, that you will be able to show to the hotel servers, so your special meal can be requested.


Attendees will be asked to pick up their badge during the designated registration hours. The onsite registration desk is located on the lobby level of the hotel in Culturekeepers Registration, in Culturekeepers Hall West. A conference badge is required to attend all AHF sessions, receptions, and area activities. 

Registration Desk hours:

Monday, August 8, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 9, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 11, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mobile App  
Be sure to download the conference mobile app. It is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search for “Association for Healthcare Foodservice” or “AHF Annual Conference”. The app includes the complete schedule, speaker bios, and much more! You can create your own schedule, connect with other attendees, AND interact on the Activity Feed. Once you download the app, be sure to explore all of its features.

Ground Transportation 
For information on taxi and shared car fares, and shuttle service to the Westin, visit the Transportation page on the conference website.  

Hotel Parking 

Self-parking and valet parking are available at the following rates:

Valet Parking: $35 Daily
On-Site Parking: $20 Daily

Local Weather  
The forecast in Scottsdale will be sunny and hoving at around 103°F during the day. In the evening, the low will drop to the high 70s (°F). Click here for the latest weather report.

It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the conference. AHF will have a sponsored hydration station available in the Trailblazers foyer near registration where you can refill a reusable water bottle.  Please also use sunscreen when outdoors.


Conference attire is business casual. Relaxed and comfortable is the goal. Also, pack a light sweater for inside the Westin hotel during sessions.

Tuesday, August 9 – Opening Reception – Theme: Electric Desert

No dress code – Wear whatever you like! Join us for the first reception of the week! This is your chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues after a long separation. Be sure to come ready to safely network, make new connections, and most of all have fun. Our electric desert theme will be sure to wow while you listen to our One Woman Band. 

Wednesday, August 10 – Culinary Competition Reception and Afterparty

No dress code – Wear whatever you like! Join us for the culinary competition and reception to cheer on the five finalist teams and watch one team win the gold medalist title! The event will be from 6:00-8:00 pm. The event will be on Facebook Live, so please share the AHF Facebook Page with your teams at home, family, and friends!

Following the competition and reception, there will be an afterparty with a DJ, dessert, and drinks!

Competition Sponsored by Sunbutter and Clark Food Service Equipment. After Party Sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company.

Thursday, August 11 – Celebrate AHF! 

Cocktail attire and jackets are requested. Our final reception of the conference! This is the BIG one filled with amazing entertainment, a sit-down formal dinner, award ceremony, and dancing. During the evening we will announce and recognize our two “secret” awards – our Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and our Making a Difference Award Winner. Don’t miss this chance to dress up, eat amazing food, and network with friends and colleagues before heading home tomorrow

Area Activities/Transportation
Fry Bread Making Class: If you are signed up for one of the Fry Bread Making Class on Tuesday, you will receive an email before you leave for the Westin with everything you need to know. Pickup location is 

Golf Outing: Golfing starts at 6:15 am to help beat the heat of the day. Plan to meet at the Westin Golf Club where you can grab clubs if you have rented them and meet your foursome. More information will be sent to you before the conference begins. If you need to alter your foursome or have specific requests, please email Sarah Bennett at sbennet@healthcarefoodserviceorg. 

Work-Life Balance Pool Party: The pool party begins at 2:00 PM. This is a free casual, fun, way to network with friends and colleagues. Please note that food and beverage can be purchased individually by starting a tab with the bar/hotel. To enter the pool area at the hotel for the AHF events, all attendees must check in at the Adventure Pool Entrance and provide both their name and room number. 

Follow AHF on Social Media & Post

Follow AHF on Twitter (@ahfnetwork), Instagram (@AHF_National), Like the Facebook Page or follow us on LinkedIn throughout the conference! Join the conversation by adding #AHFPlaybook to your posts.

Hospitals and Emergency Rooms

Scottsdale Healthcare (North)
(480) 860-3000
92nd St. & Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
5.76 miles / 10 minutes
Mayo Clinic Hospital
(480) 515-6296
5777 E. Mayo Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85054
4.62 miles / 7 minutes

Urgent Care
Airpark Medical Center
(480) 991-4555
15720 N. Greenway Hayden Loop Ste# 3
Scottsdale, AZ
1.33 miles / 3 minutes

24 Hour Pharmacy
(480) 948-7820
7011 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
3.51 miles / 6 minutes

COVID-19 Testing Locations:

CVS Pharmacy
7111 E Bell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 
ArcPoint Labs
15455 N Greenway Hayden Loop, Ste C16
Scottsdale AZ 85260

We can’t wait to see you in Scottsdale!