Social Events

Attendees routinely praise the CGA Strategic Conference as the most productive and enjoyable networking event of the year. We blend our high-energy educational programming and business meetings with relaxed social events to foster an environment for genuine discussion and quality time in the company of acquaintances new and old.

Throughout the agenda, the CGA Strategic Conference offers suitable opportunities to connect with colleagues in a more informal and relaxed environment.  Prior to the start of the conference, tee it up with your industry colleagues at The Illuminators golf classic at one of Palm Springs’ signature courses.  Sunday evening, the conference social program offers the the Opening Reception followed by the chance to unwind outside at our hosted after-hours social event. Daily breakfast and lunch functions provide ample opportunities to connect on the show floor, and Monday evening’s reception is an event not to be missed.

Take advantage of these nightly networking events and receptions to connect with new colleagues and clients and strengthen relationships with your existing customers.


Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 6:00 pm 

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


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Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 8:00 pm 

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.


Monday, September 27, 2021 | 5:30 pm 

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.  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.