2020 AFDOSS Conference


AFDOSS 2020 Annual Education Conference
Sept. 13 – Sept. 16, 2020
Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The AFDOSS 2020 Annual Education Conference will take place from Sunday., Sept. 13 through Wed., Sept. 16, 2020 at The Park Vista – A Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tenn. This event is open to any and all food safety professionals and policy makers in local/state/federal government, industry and academic sectors. 


Tentative agenda coming soon! In terms of the general schedule, the conference will begin Sunday with a casual welcome reception from 6-7:30 p.m. and all attendees are encouraged to drop in for light appetizers and drinks upon arrival. Monday’s events will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an awards banquet dinner (included with registration) and LIVE auction from 6:30-9:30+ p.m. Tuesday’s events will once again be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the AFDOSS Business Luncheon held that day (included with registration). Wednesday’s events will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., with the remainder of the day serving for travel.

Registration for this meeting will open soon!

Please ensure your membership status for the current year is up to date before registering. Tip: To help prevent duplicate members in our database, if someone else is registering  you as an AFDOSS member, please have them use your email address to connect your account to you.

Travel Scholarship Information

Our 2020 Conference Travel Grant application process has not yet opened, but we will soon have more details about this opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Treasurer Craig Nielsen.


Become an event exhibitor or sponsor or today! We have several options available at very reasonable rates, or you can ask us about custom opportunities. To learn more, please contact Treasurer Craig Nielsen.


The 2020 AFDOSS AEC is in Gatlinburg, Tenn., at The Park Vista – A Hilton Doubletree Hotel. A room block will be available for the AFDOSS event, please reference this when making your reservations. The room rate is $96/night + 3% Room tax and 9.75% Tennessee sales tax = $108.24 total per night.

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/sponsor 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.