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:

2023 Keynote Presentation

Enjoy dinner and drinks while our 2023 Keynote speaker shares information critical to our changing industry. 2023 Keynote Speaker will be announced January of 2023!

Hotel INformation

Group Rate for WFIA Coming Soon

You will find the information for your hotel 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.


  • Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection

Room Block Dates Available:            

  • Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA)
  • Earliest Check-in Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2023                
  • Latest Check-out Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
  • Last day to book: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Group Rate and Booking Link

Parking Details


  • $6 for hour(s) 1-4 / $2 each additional hour
  • $25 Self-Park Overnight


  • $25 Event Valet
  • $35 Overnight Valet

Davenport Grand Hotel

Thank you to the Davenport Grand Hotel for providing accommodations. Group rate booking information coming soon!

Become a Connect 2023 Sponsor

Your organization will benefit from extended exposure through a WFIA social media campaign and promotional efforts directed toward vendors, retailers, and convenience stores. With your sponsorship, you will be able to enjoy exposure to this important segment of your target audience.

Become a Sponsor

2023 Donor Applications

If your organization is interested in donating a product to support the Connect event, please contact melissa@wafood.org or 360-867-8837 for more information.

Contact Us

Vendor Speed-Networking Booth Applications

One-on-one time with product reps to learn about the newest innovations, services, and offerings to liven up your inventory this Summer.

Applications Closed

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.

5:00 pm

Reception & Silent Auction

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

6:00 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!

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!