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Annual Conference, Portland, Maine
The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
November 2 - 5, 2015

The IFEC Board of Directors invites you to join your IFEC friends and colleagues in Portland, Maine, for our annual conference, November 2nd through 5th.

Culinary boom town
A small, walkable city that has become a big-time culinary destination, Portland is an ideal meeting place for IFEC. We'll be settling in at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, an elegantly refurbished historic property that's a cobblestone's throw from the picturesque Old Port district and its working harbor.

Diving deep

The conference program will dive deep into Portland's culinary community through presentations by top chefs and restaurateurs, behind-the-scenes tours with trend-setting food and beverage crafters, and visits to farmers and harvesters on land and sea. And when we're not adventuring out into the city and beyond, we'll be inside exploring new ideas, learning from thought-leaders, sampling a wide range of exciting F&B products and ingredients represented by members, and, of course, talking editorial content in Office Hours meetings.

Get on board
So pack your top-siders and a lobster opener and plan to stay the course with IFEC in Portland. To take advantage of all the learning, sharing and relationship-building opportunities on tap, schedule your travel to arrive by Monday afternoon, November 2nd and stay through Thursday morning, November 5th. Click here for the conference agenda.

The Basics

Conference Registration Fees
Early-bird registration is $500 for members; $925 for non-members, valid today through September 18, 2015

Regular registration is $600 for members; $1,075 for non-members, valid from September 19 through October 2, 2015

Conference registration cut-off is Friday, October 2, 2015

Registering for the Conference
Scroll to the top and click "Register Now." Non-members, please contact the IFEC office.

Registering for Office Hours

Office Hours are available to members only.

Publicists who wish to participate in Office Hours must register for them on the conference registration form by checking the Office Hours box before submitting the form.  Don't skip the check-off unless you plan to skip Office Hours. Editors should not check the Office Hours box.

Making Hotel Reservations
IFEC conference rates at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel are $189 single / $189 double / $209 triple / $219 quad

Reservation cut-off date is Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST. After that, conference rates do not apply.

Click here to make a reservation at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.

Please contact the IFEC office with any questions:  845-229-6973,


Welcome Reception: Food & Beverage Activity Stations

PLUS: Conference check-in, New-Member Meet-ups, Auction Bidding & More

Our opening event is for multi-taskers (aka IFECers). Not only will you check-in for the conference, meet up with your buddy and catch up with friends, you'll tour the ballroom visiting the half-dozen exciting Activity Stations conducted for you to sample products, meet the experts and learn new things. Also, don't forget to take a minute to sign up for the Food Tour of your choice and visit the Scholarship Auction desk for tips on mobile bidding, to bid on ad space and to buy your raffle tickets.
Monday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Westin Grand Ballroom

Meet the Press, Catch Up on Trends
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the editors themselves. What do their readers want to know? What are their requirements for contributed content? How can you work with them for best results? They'll answer these questions and more, and (new this year!) they'll share their unique perspectives on the trends that are impacting their respective market segments. Monday, 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Portland Museum of Art

Chef Showcase
A dozen masters of their craft from all segments of Portland foodservice will demonstrate their talents using sponsors' ingredients. You, lucky person, are invited to taste the dazzling results.
Monday, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Westin Grand Ballroom

Office Hours
IFEC's signature program brings editors and publicists together for private, 10-minute meetings to discuss editorial placements. Publicists wishing to participate must register for Office Hours appointments on the conference registration form.

Seven and one-half hours of Office Hours are interspersed between other activities on Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday morning. To participate in Office Hours you must be available during those times. Schedules are generated by computer and distributed approximately 2 weeks before the conference.

Tuesday Lunch with Chef Panel
Building a Food Community: Portland's Top Chefs Tell All
Panelists to be announced
Tuesday, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Westin Grand Ballroom

Wednesday Lunch with Annual Meeting & Awards
We conduct association business, including the election of board members and the presentation of IFEC's top awards -- The Betty (The Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award) and The TerrIFECer (for a rising-star).
Wednesday, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Westin Grand Ballroom

Food Tours - Maine Attractions, All!
The Tour Committee is finalizing the itinerary now, but the working list includes a state-of-the-art lobster packer/shipper, a craft distiller who is passionate about Maine ingredients, a sheep farm, a hydroponic vegetable garden, a cheesemaker, a fermentory and a kelp farm. Kelp! There's even a stop at the LL Bean campus in Freeport on one of the three different excursions. You'll sign up for the trip of your choice when you arrive at the conference.
Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Departing from Westin Lobby

Scholarship Auction
Online bidding, silent bidding for special items such as ad space, and raffle tickets for chances to win really good stuff -- all will be offered during the conference. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students preparing for careers in foodservice editorial and PR communications as well as tuition reimbursement for members pursuing continuing education activities.
Auction sponsored by The Culinary Institute of America

Through Wednesday noon

DOLE's Annual Fitness Walk - Tues. 6:30 a.m.- 7:40 a.m.
Mushroom Council's "Better Burger Project" Cocktail Party
- Weds. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Click here for conference agenda
Click here to make hotel reservations

Contact IFEC at 845-229-6973 / with questions