Welcome to WFIA Connect!

Join us for WFIA's annual WFIA Connect Vendor-2-Retailer conference! This years events will be held on May 18, 2023 at the Spokane Convention Center.

Silent & Live Auction

All proceeds go to support the Association and its advocacy of the independent grocery industry.

Speed Networking

Have a blast speed networking with our select group of featured vendors!

Washington Grocery Industry Conference

Connect: Vendor-2-Retailer is the only event of its kind for the independent grocery and convenience store industry in Washington State. After a year like no other, let's gather to learn and celebrate what makes our industry unique.

Keynote Presentation:

The Future of the Industry

What will the grocery industry look like 5, 10 or 25 years from now? How will app-based delivery services influence consumers and grocers? What will automation mean for stores? And how will smaller grocers compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace? Join our guests for a glimpse into the future of the grocery industry. 

Tammi Hetrick, Moderator

Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA)

Greg Ferrara, Panelist

National Grocers Association (NGA)

John Ross, Panelist

Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) Supermarkets

Lori Buss Stillman, Panelist

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Nick Nickitas, Panelist


Nick Gajewski , Panelist


Hotel INformation

Book Your Group Rate for WFIA

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Event Summary:            

  • Washington Food Industry Association
  • Start Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022                
  • End Date: Friday, May 20, 2022

To receive the discounted group rate,  book by Thursday, April 14, 2022 .

Mariott Tacoma Downtown

Group Rate: $169 USD per night

Meet Our 2022 Connect Sponsors!

Thank you to our Connect Donors!

Schedule of Events

8:00 am

Featured Vendors Arrive for Set-Up

Connect will showcase dozens of fabulous vendors from across our state.

1:30 pm

Speed Networking

Speed Networking with featured vendors and all retailers.

4:30 pm

Reception & Silent Auction

Enjoy refreshments and bid on fabulous packages in our silent auction.

5:30 pm

Awards Dinner, Keynote Panel, and Live Auction

Join us for the highlight of the day, our hosted dinner complete with refreshments, a keynote with leaders in our industry, and a rowdy live auction!

8:00 pm

Meet us at the after-party!

Join us for a casual get-together with our featured vendors, sponsors, donors, board members, and speakers!

Vendor Speed-Networking

One-on-one time with product reps to learn about the newest innovations, services, and offerings to liven up your inventory this Summer (and a fabulous raffle prize from almost every vendor).

WFIA Connect Industry Awards!

We are so excited to return to an in-person celebration of the annual WFIA Industry Awards. Thank you for all of your nominations - let the awards commence!