Promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.

Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Washington State Convention Center- 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Join us on May 24, 2018 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA for a night of networking and celebration! 

    Year two of our WFIA Connect: Vendor-2-Grocer will follow the same format we did in 2017. Independent retailers are invited to join us at 3:30pm for a round of speed networking with 20 select vendors offering unique products and services. Retailers will have 4 minutes per vendor table before switching to the next. This is your chance to see the latest and greatest...all in one place! All retailers are welcome to attend this portion of the event, but vendor attendance is limited to those who have been pre-selected to showcase their products. 

    Following the speed networking is a Cocktail Hour with silent auction. Vendors not included in the Connect speed networking are invited to arrive at this time to network and gather with fellow industry leaders prior to the Industry Awards Dinner.

    The Industry Awards Dinner will begin at 6:30pm. All are invited to enjoy delicious food, drinks, celebrate innovative retailers, and best of all make new business contacts! During this time we'll be presenting our Industry Awards: The Retailer of the Year Award, Vendor of the Year Award, and Community Service Award. 

    Dinner will also include an oral auction for "Connect" packages offering time with CEOs and buyers of prominent retail establishments. Sample packages include golf and dinner with the CEO and COO of Rosauers, a pheasant hunting experience and one night ranch stay with URM, deep sea fishing with IGA, and more! 

    Finally, the evening will conclude with a speaker presentation by Peter Van Stolk, the founder of Jones Soda. 

    Register early to reserve your seat at this can't-miss event! 


    • 3:30pm- Connect Speed Networking (all retailers invited to attend, vendor attendance limited to those who are feature showcase vendors) 
    • 5:30pm- Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction (all invited to attend, even those vendors who did not participate in the speed networking)   
    • 6:30pm- Industry Awards Dinner with Loud Auction and Speaker (all invited to attend, even those vendors who did not participate in the speed networking)
    ***Registration closes on May 4, 2018 due to venue restrictions. No late registrations will be accepted***

    We have a block of rooms available at the Paramount Hotel at a rate of $309 per night (before taxes). Rooms are available for the nights of 5/23 and 5/24. You may click here to book a room. 

Washington Food Industry Association

P.O. Box 706

1415 Harrison Ave NW, Suite 101

Olympia, WA 98502

Tel: 360-753-5177


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