Social Events

ASTA is the place to make the connections today to build your  business for tomorrow!

The ASTA Annual Meeting provides opportunities to network and meet with other attendees. All social events are exclusively open to registered attendees.

Business casual attire is appropriate for all events. Please note that attendees must wear badges at all times during the meeting, including during social events. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020
8:00am – 11:00am
ASTA Beach Cleanup – Volunteer Event
ASTA’s Membership and Outreach Committee has organized a beach cleanup. Volunteer with ASTA for a beach cleanup at Ocean Beach. Beach cleanups have an immediate positive impact on our environment by removing trash before it infiltrates our inland and coastal waters. The cleanup is being organized through San Diego Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization committed to protecting and restoring fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waters in San Diego County. There is no cost to participate, but you must register in advance and spots are limited. Transportation and cleanup supplies will be provided. More details will be provided to volunteers at a later date. To participate, sign up here.

6:00 pm-6:30 pm
First Timer’s Reception
The ASTA Board of Directors and Membership Committee hosts a reception for first time attendees to learn more about ASTA.  This event is by invitation only.

6:30 pm-8:00 pm
ASTA’s Welcome Reception
Enjoy drinks and light fare Sunday evening in the Exhibit Hall as ASTA kicks off the meeting with the first networking event of the program.  Spend time catching up with members and colleagues.

Monday, April 20, 2020 
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Exhibitor Sponsored Reception
Before going on your own to explore San Diego’s great restaurants for dinner, join ASTA’s exhibitors for a reception in the Exhibit Hall.

ASTA Young & New Professionals Meetup
Are you a young or new professional in the spice industry? If so, we invite you to join us for an after-dinner meetup in Odysea, the hotel’s lobby bar at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton. This is a perfect opportunity to network with fellow young and new professionals and representatives from the Membership Committee. No advance registration is required, and each participant is responsible for their own costs for anything they order.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Tuesday Social Event: Embracing ASTA’s New Horizons
Celebrate ASTA’s bright future as we embark on a mission of transformative change. Journey down the palm tree-lined Promenade Plaza to embrace new horizons and take in the panoramic waterfront views of the San Diego Bay. As you mingle with industry friends and colleagues, enjoy a refreshing, globally inspired menu showcasing California’s fresh seafood and craft beverages.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
9:00 am
Member-Organized ASTA Golf Outing (MOASTA)

An ASTA member-organized golf outing will take place the morning of Wednesday, April 22 following the 2020 ASTA Annual Meeting & Exhibits. Proceeds from the golf event are donated to the Susan L. Abbott Memorial Scholarship fund. For golf registration and sponsorship information, please click here.

Note: Please check the mobile app or printed schedule provided onsite for location and time changes for ASTA functions.