2020 NBBQA Conference - Louisville

Annual network and educational conference for the BBQ industry

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Saturday, April 4, 2020
The Galt House Hotel
140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
United States

Event Details

The NBBQA Annual Conference gathers members and people from across the industry to network, learn and participate in a variety of topics and activities around the Business of BBQ. Whether you are a product owner, run a restaurant, involved in media or any other sector of BBQ, there are boundless opportunities to network, learn and grow at this popular event.

Conference Early Bird Registration: 

There are a variety of registration options to meet all needs, time availability and budget.

  • Complete Package - All networking events, education, meals, and accommodation (Early Bird only before Jan 20th - $900.00)
    Plus: Free professional membership if not yet a member.
    Accommodation is for 3 nights in a Delux Guestroom - you pick which nights.
  • Member Conference Package - All networking events, education, and meals $695.00 (Early Bird before Feb 24th - $495.00)
    Only available to members
  • New Member | Non-Member Package - All networking events, education, meals, and optional professional membership $1,045 (Early Bird before Feb 24th - $645.00)
  • Meals Only Package - This covers all meals for the event and activities during them where applicable $350 (Early Bird before Feb 24th - $250.00)
    Ideal for spouses and employees 
  • Exhibitors Add on - Exhibitors spot is in the main room used for Culinary Fight Club, Key Note Speaker, Awards of Excellence, Meet the Masters, all breakfasts and available to attendees the whole event (no educational sessions are currently planned to be held in there)

ALL Registrations go up after Feb 24th after early bird pricing ceases

What are the meals?

  • Wednesday Dinner - Culinary Fight Club
  • Thursday Breakfast - Key Note Speaker
  • Thursday Lunch
  • Thursday Dinner - Awards of Excellence
  • Friday Breakfast
  • Friday Lunch - Meet the Masters
  • Friday Dinner - Night of Fire
  • Saturday Breakfast

What are the Networking Events?

  • Wednesday Night - Culinary Fight Club - Street Food
  • Thursday Breakfast - Key Note Speaker
  • Thursday Night - Awards of Excellence
  • Friday Lunch - Meet the Masters
  • Friday Dinner - Night of Fire

What are the educational sessions?

  • These will be announced as speakers confirm

Are there any additional options?

  • Wednesday Bus Tours $100
  • Saturday experiences - announced in January




External Links to other aspects...

Galt House

This year the conference is being held at Galt House in Louisville. 

Discounted rate available until February 24th, 2020!

    Deluxe Guestroom  $179

    Executive Suite  $209

    Book Rooms by phoning 800-843-4258



Wednesday, April 1st 

Returning this year is the Culinary Fight Club - Competition Street Food

Attendance at this is included in your conference fee, however, if you would like to compete or attend just this single evening, please register directly on the culinary Fight Club website.

Visit CFC Website


Refund Policy

If you should, unfortunately, need to cancel refunds will be given as below:              
   Prior to 30 days              90% refund               
   Prior to 7 days                75% refund                   
   48 hours or less              0% refund



April 1
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Bus Tour Annual Bus Tour of BBQ Restaurants around Louisville Time and Itinerary to be confirmed
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Happy Hour Conference Welcome
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Culinary Fight Club The conference starts with this dynamic event where 8 teams will compete in a Street Food Battle! Take on 2019 Champion Jason Bauer! and 2019 People's Choice Champion Craig Carter as they return to defend their titles . Enjoy finger food while watching the champions prepare their culinary delights for you to eat then vote on to help select the People's Choice Champion
April 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker TBA
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Educational Sessions
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Happy Hour Collect a sticker and free drink ticket then find people with a similar barbecue interests to you and network over a cold beverage
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 2020 Awards of Excellence A more formal event with a 3-course sit down meal as we celebrate the best in our industry. - rub and sauce awards - product awards - media awards - NBBQA Legend's Awards
April 3
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Educational Sessions
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Meet the Masters This years Masters Panels will be announced as they confirm
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Rhinestone Steak Competition This annual steak competition is a unique and social event where brands and members combine to pull together wide range of competitors from BBQ stars to first time competitors in a unique event to raise money for the NBBQA
April 4
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Education and Excursion Sessions Participate in a range of longer duration activities to further educate yourself or participate in a unique barbecue related activity. Options and costs will be announced throughout the year.

For More Information:

Callie Nissing
Callie Nissing
Administrative Assistant NBBQA
Professional Member