Phoenix hosts the 2018 AFJ national conference Sept. 25 - 30, 2018

There is nothing dry about the week AFJ has planned for you in Phoenix this September. Our conference committee has crafted an agenda featuring skill-sharpening sessions like Ethics in Food Writing, a conversation between James Beard Award-winning authors (and AFJ members) J.M. Hirsch and Hanna Raskin. Gain insight into Native cultures and foodways in a session featuring Freddie Bitsoie (Diné) executive chef at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache), a traditional foods preservationist and evangelist, moderated by Shaliyah Ben (Navajo), director of public programs at the Heard Museum. Donna Battle Pierce will discuss the Secrets to Cookbook Success with Nancie McDermott and James Beard Award-winner Andrea Nguyen. Be sure to check out the complete list of 2018 AFJ conference speakers.  

This year, we have worked closely with our partners at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to develop programmatic content. Sessions on Friday take place at the Cronkite, featuring several of the school's award-winning faculty and staff. Recognized as one of the top journalism schools in the United States, Cronkite is also home to "Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world."

Thanks to our generous sponsors, events highlighting the culinary and cultural delights of Phoenix and its surrounding communities complete our learning experience. Kick off the conference at a private reception Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Musical Instrument Museum. Wrap the conference with an evening at Lon's at The Hermosa Inn, showcasing Scottsdale's freshest flavors. Extend your stay and join the overnight excursion to Tucson, the first American city to receive the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designation as a City of Gastronomy.


Take a moment to review the full agenda online or as a PDF. Don't wait. REGISTER NOW VIA THIS LINK! 


Ready to save on your membership AND registration fees? Join AFJ as a member now! Folks who join AFJ as new members ($100) and register as an AFJ member ($375) by the June 1 deadline can save $50.* Email Amanda for more info today.


Registration rates this year will be based on the following tiered pricing structure:

  • May 3 - June 1 - $375 for members; $425 for non-members

  • June 2 - July 13 - $400 for members; $450 for non-members

  • July 14 - Sept. 1 - $475 for members; $525 for non-members


The Sheraton Grand Phoenix is our host hotel for the 2018 national conference. The Sheraton will be the site for many of our conference sessions Wednesday and Thursday. Buses to offsite events convene at the hotel. We have secured an exclusive AFJ discounted rate of $189/night, available until Sept. 4, or until we reach our contracted number of rooms. Click here to reserve your rooms via the conference hotel registration site.

Questions? Let's talk! Email for additional details regarding the event. 

*Compared to non-members who register for the conference during the last open registration period, July 14 - Sept. 1, at the rate of $525. Don't wait, join AFJ today.






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