Things To Do


The best business relationships are often rooted in our deepest personal relationships. During the conference we look for every opportunity to gather as a grocer community, making time for attendees to escape their email inboxes and to enjoy each other’s company.

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The CGA Strategic Conference Opening Reception is the single largest gathering of the California grocery industry. It’s the ideal opportunity to catch up with colleagues, reconnect with familiar faces, and make new contacts. Delicious appetizers and libations add to the lively and welcoming atmosphere at this unrivaled networking event.


Following CGA’s signature Opening Reception, attendees are invited to join their colleagues and new found acquaintances at the After Hours Social held in the picturesque setting of the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort’s outdoor patio and pool area.  Hosted beverages and the lively atmosphere will be enjoyed by all who attend.


After a productive day, join your colleagues for a taste of aged spirits, sophisticated cocktails and artisan-crafted brews inspired by the barrel.  Experience the CGA Strategic Conference’s own unique blend of camaraderie and fellowship while distilling your conversations and easing into the perfect finish to a fruitful day.

While you “wet your whistle” you’ll be entertained by the Illuminators’ Special Event.  For more than 80 years, The Illuminators have brought a tradition of entertainment and camaraderie to the CGA Strategic Conference.  Your paid conference registration includes two Special Event tickets that include a chance to win. Come cheer on your favorite CGA Board Member & Illuminator Officer team.  The Special Event proceeds benefit The Illuminators’ industry scholarship program.

We thank The Illuminators for their longstanding contributions to the CGA Strategic Conference, including their generous hosting of our outstanding social events and meals.

he conference provides all attendees, both retailers and suppliers, an excellent opportunity and environment to collaborate, strategize and lay groundwork for forward moving plans. One gets out of it exactly proportional to what one puts in!

Daniel Barth

Executive Director
Vintage Grocers