Awards Ceremony - Thursday, October 29th, 10:30am-12:00pm.
This event will follow the On the Cusp Lecture in the Steinbeck Forum.


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception - Mingle with colleagues and exhibitors at the official opening of the Forum. Light hors devours and a drink ticket will be provided for all registered attendees and their registered guests. Non-registered guests may purchase a ticket to this event as well. Please indicate on your registration form if you are planning to attend.




Friday Evening Reception at the World-Renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium - Join your colleagues on Friday, October 30th from 7:00pm-10:00pm for an evening enjoying the company of many undersea animals.

Tickets are $75 each for registered adult attendees, $30 each for children 12 and under and are available for purchase through the VDF attendee and exhibitor registration forms. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a short bus ride or pleasant mile and half walk along the bay from the host hotel. Transportation will be provided. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and coffee, a cash bar and the opportunity to stroll through the Ocean’s Edge Wing of the Aquarium. The Ocean’s Edge Wing features sea otters, Giant Pacific Octopus, penguins, touch pools, kelp forests and other Monterey Bay habitats, their residents, and much more. If the weather permits, guests will also have access to a large deck overlooking tide pools and where you’ll have the opportunity to view the kelp beds near the shore.

Space is limited so be sure to purchase your tickets when you register. They may not be available on-site.









Fun Run/Walk - The Fun Run/Walk is a non-competitive "predicted time" event. YOU predict the time in minutes and seconds in which you estimate you will finish the race. The participants who finish closest to their predicted times will win. Your registration for this event not only qualifies you to win prizes but also provides you with the much-sought-after t-shirt specifically designed for the current year's race. Prizes are generously provided by VDF exhibitors.

Saturday, October 31st.
Time: TBD


Thank you VDF Sponsors!