2018 AFDOSS Conference

AFDOSS 2018 Annual Education Conference
Sept. 9 – Sept. 12, 2018
Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The AFDOSS 2018 Annual Education Conference was held Sun., Sept. 9 through Wed., Sept. 12, 2018 at The Park Vista – A Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tenn. This event was open to any and all food safety professionals and policy makers in local/state/federal government, industry and academic sectors. 



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See shared PPT presentations from the meeting here.

Registration for this meeting has closed.

Travel Scholarship Information

Our 2018 Conference Travel Grant application has officially closed. For questions or concerns, please reach out to Treasurer Craig Nielsen or Program Chair Matt Colson.


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The 2018 AFDOSS AEC is back in Gatlinburg, Tenn., at The Park Vista – A Hilton Doubletree Hotel. This room block has now filled. But not to worry! The Hilton Garden Inn (which is just down the road) has given our group a room block from Sunday (9/9) to Wednesday (9/12) at the same $93.00 a night rate. Attendees must CALL to make reservations directly at the hotel, call 865-436-0048 and tell them code AFD.

Overflow hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
635 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Room rate is $93/night + 3% Room tax and 9.75% Tennessee sales tax = $104.86. 

The majority of AEC attendees drive to Gatlinburg, and the winding route up through the Great Smoky Mountains is worth your time! For those traveling by air, the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport is located 15 miles from hotel (a 30 minute drive), or the McGhee Tyson Airport is located 50 miles from the hotel (1.5 hours drive time). Driving directions and additional travel tips to get to The Park Vista are available online here.


Learn more about our Gatlinburg Live Auction!

Hotel Shipping & Receiving Information (for exhibitor set-up, auction items, etc.): Shipments should be sent 4-5 days prior to the event to The Park Vista Doubletree Hotel, 705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Please put AFDOSS on the label, to the attention of Sara M. Edwards.


Please contact the AFDOSS Board via our email address, info@afdoss.org, for any general event questions or suggestions. If you have specific registration or AEC payment questions, please contact AFDOSS Treasurer Craig Nielsen.