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THE MAINE THING
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; $895 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

How to Register for the Conference
Login using your user name and password, select "conference" on your member page and follow the prompts. 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.

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, ifec@ifeconline.com.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome Reception
Conference check-in, F&B Activity Stations/Product Sampling, New-Member Meet-ups & More
Check-in for the conference, visit Activity Stations to sample products and learn new things; meet your buddy; catch up with friends.  Also sign up for the Food Tour of your choice and visit the Scholarship Auction bidding help desk.
Monday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Westin Grand Ballroom


Kick-off Presentation
Portland Foodways -- Dynamic and (unexpectedly) Diverse

Learn about the latest trends and happenings, where they're coming from, the personalities involved, and what's coming down the road from a panel of chef-owners and food insiders. Participants to be announced.
Monday, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Meet the Press
Catch briefings from the editors about their requirements and tips for working with them for best results.
Monday, 6:10 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Chef Showcase
A dozen masters of their craft from all segments of Portland foodservice will demonstrate their talents using sponsors' ingredients and you're invited to taste the dazzling results.
Monday, 7:30 p.m.



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.


Food Tours
The Tour Committee is finalizing the itinerary now, but the working list includes lobster packers and shippers, a craft distiller who uses Maine ingredients, a sheep farm, a hydroponic garden of greens and tomatoes, a cheesemaker, a fermentory and others to be announced. You'll sign up for the tour of your choice at the conference.Wednesday, 12:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Awards Lunch
IFEC's highest honors, The Betty (The Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award) and The TerrIFECer, will be presented during lunch on Tuesday.

Scholarship Auction
Bidding for donated items online, silent on-paper bidding for special items, and raffle tickets for chances to win really good stuff will all be offered during the conference, with proceeds to benefit scholarships for students preparing for careers in foodservice communications and tuition reimbursement for members pursuing continuing education activities.

More details to come.
Click here for conference agenda
Click here to make hotel reservations

Contact IFEC at 845-229-6973 / ifec@ifeconline.com with questions
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