IFWTWA 2014 6th Annual Meeting/Conference Montgomery, AL

IFWTWA 2014 6th Annual Meeting/Conference Montgomery, AL

IFWTWA 6th Annual Conference – Montgomery, AL

Renaissance Hotel

May 8-11, 2014

“A Cool Capital City on the Move”

Centrally located along the Alabama River in the heart of the Southeast, Montgomery is steeped in the history of world-changing events and is in the midst of another change – a complete reemergence. From a revitalized downtown to an array of new museums, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, the riverfront capital city is quickly becoming one of the newest must-see travel destinations in the South. Learn more about all that Montgomery has to offer at www.visitingmontgomery.com.

It’s a capital city that offers a cool mix of cosmopolitan attitude and Southern charm.
The Alley Entertainment District, Montgomery, Alabama

In addition to visiting the Capital of Dreams, be sure to explore the great state of Alabama through post FAM tours that we hope to have posted soon.

Our program will feature a marketplace, 2 or 3 track educational sessions and opportunities to explore Montgomery. We hope to have the lineup of presenters by November. However, sometimes that takes longer than anticipated. Associate members are encouraged to take part in all events to enhance the networking for all.

We will have post trips listed as soon as they are available.

We strongly encourage early registration, even though you don’t have the program. In five years, we’ve not let you down, and we plan for this year to shine also. We have limited rooms. When the room block gets close to full, we will increase it, but the cost may increase. So, early registration guarantees a great hotel rate.

Tentative Schedule:
Date Time Event
Thur May 8 3 p.m. Check-in hotel
  12 noon to 4 p.m. Conf Registration
  5 to 5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception w/ Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
Time to Network
Fri May 9 8 to 9:30 a.m. Montgomery Sponsored Breakfast
  9:45 to 12:30 p.m. Marketplace
  2 to 2:45 p.m. 2 or 3 track presentations
  3 to 3:45 p.m. 2 or 3 track presentations
Dine-a-Round sponsored by the Montgomery CVB
Sat May 10 8 to 9:30 a.m. Montgomery Sponsored Breakfast
  8:30 to 9:15 a.m. 2 or 3 track presentations
  9:30 to 10:15 a.m. 2 or 3 track presentations
  10:30 to 11:15 a.m. 2 or 3 track presentations
  Noon through Evening Lunch and Tour of Montgomery
  6:30 to 7:30 Rooftop Closing Reception
  7:30 to until Free time to enjoy the city and Second Saturday event downtown
Sun May 11 Breakfast on own Depart Montgomery for Post fams


Pre Trip 1: Arrive in Montgomery on May 6th and Discover More

Montgomery has so much to offer, they have agreed to host a small pre trip for early arrivals. Destinations
and dining experienced will be other than what is featured on the conference tours.

Post Trip 2: Brew, Que and You—A Flavorful Tour Across North Alabama

Depart Montgomery for Gadsden (approximately 2 1⁄2 hours drive)
Some highlights: Back Forty Beer Company, Jefferson’s Restaurant, Maraella Estate Farm Vineyards and Winery, Jules J. Berta Vineyards, The Westin Huntsville, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que, Morgan Price Candy, Bridge Street Town Centre, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, LawLer’s Barbecue, and Belle Chevre.
Departure Airport: Huntsville, AL

Post Trip 3: Fashion & Fame, Florence—Shoals

Depart Montgomery for Tuscumbia (approximately 31⁄2 hours drive) Some highlights: Rattlesnake Saloon, Childhood home of Helen Keller, The Rosenbaum House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jack-O-Lantern Farms (over 3K plants with no pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic nutrients), Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, River- bottom Grille by Stanfield’s, FAME Recording Studio, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Billy Reid’s (Named best new fashion designer), Alabama Chanin/The Factory Café, Tom’s Wall, 360 Grill, and if time allows, W. C. Handy Birthplace (Father of Blues).
Departure Airport: Huntsville, AL

Post Trip 4: Gulf Shores AL

(Focus on culinary writers speaking to national, Southeast or Midwest markets—no guests) Depart Mont- gomery in morning with lunch on way. Tour of Perdido Vineyards, drive to beach and check in with free time before dinner at Cobalt Restaurant (area’s only sommelier), possibly a stop at LA Gumbo Festi-
val, Gumbo cooking class, shopping at The Wharf, How to make a bushwacker (Flora Bama) or Hope’s Cheesecake, beach time, Fisher’s, Brik and Spoon, Alabama Coastal Farmer’s Fisherman’s Market, Sweet Home Farm Cheese.
Depart after noon from Pensacola or Mobile airports.
IFWTWA Montgomery Conference at the Renaissance Hotel — May 8-11, 2014 1 of 2

Post Trip 5: Huntsville, AL –Discover Huntsville in Depth

Depart Montgomery for Huntsville, about a 2-1⁄2 hour drive. The cuisine focus will be on the upscale dining available while taking advantage of visiting the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and other well-known sites in Huntsville, from breweries to the Botanical Gardens.
Departure Airport: Huntsville, AL

Post Trip 6: Birmingham, AL –Food, Mixology, Great Dining and So Much More

Depart Montgomery for Birmingham about 1 1⁄2 hour drive. Birmingham is a food scene that is well-known throughout the state. More details will follow.
Departure Airport: Birmingham after 3 p.m.

Registration Form

Pre/Post Trips

Post Trip #2

Post Trip #3

Pre-Post Registration Form

Supplemental Material


  1. http://new.ifwtwa.org/wp-content/authors/Gail%20Gerson-Witte-140.jpg
    Gail Gerson-Witte says:

    I would like to attend this. Gail Gerson-Witte (Witkowski)

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    Janice Nieder says:

    I am in Biloxi now at SATW convention and sitting next to one of the heads of Alabama Tourism dept and just showed her this page. They ar e very excited to have us and will really be rolling out the deep-fried red welcome carpet for us. This is going to be a blast!

  3. http://new.ifwtwa.org/wp-content/authors/Sandra%20Kay%20Chambers-624.jpg

    Registration allows for extra hotel nights BEFORE the conference but it sounds as though the additional post Fam tours are to be scheduled after the conference? Will hotels be furnished by these hosts?

    • http://new.ifwtwa.org/wp-content/authors/Michelle%20M.%20Winner-24.jpg

      Yes Sandra we are confirming that post trips are all- inclusive, you have to apply for them and offerings are on the way ! There will be 2 or 3. Sign up for conference now !!! Michelle

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    Katherine Frelon says:

    I’d love to be there too! It will be so nice to see all the members again

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