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2019 Annual Schedule
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Release your inner artist with inspired education and events designed to help you refine your craft and build your business. 

Education sessions and the Industry Expo will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center which is attached to our host hotel, the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

 *Listed event times are subject to change.

Monday, June 3, 2019
All Day Arrivals
1:00-8:00 PM  Exhibitor Set-Up
3:00 PM  Associate Advisory Board Meeting
5:00-7:00 PM  Registration Desk Open

5:00-7:00 PM 

The Installation Reception
Sponsored by The Blommer Chocolate Company
Kick off an exciting convention week with this unique reception, featuring passed hors d'oeuvres, drinks and experiential art. This welcome reception will coincide with registration hours, so you can meet and greet fellow attendees as you arrive. 

8:00-10:00 PM

Next Generation Event
RCI members in their twenties and thirties are invited to Painting with a Twist for a fun mixer. Get to know the next generation of industry leaders while creating a unique work of art and keepsake from the event. Artists of all skill levels are welcome! RSVP required.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
7:30 AM-3:00 PM  Registration Desk Open
8:00-9:00 AM

Welcome Breakfast and Annual Membership Meeting

9:00-10:00 AM


Education: The Chocolate Genius
Sponsored by Davis Chocolate

10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Industry Expo

12:00-1:00 PM

Reception on Expo Floor

1:30-2:30 PM  2019-2020 Executive Board Meeting

3:00-5:30 PM


Candy Clinic (RCI Member Exclusive)
Get recognized for your creative and innovative ideas! If you have a clever concept that has worked well in your business, you're invited to share it! 

Evening Dinner on Own

9:00-11:00 PM 


Sweet Meet

Stop by RCI's networking reception hosted by incoming RCI President, Barry Bomboy, after you return from dinner.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
7:00-9:00 AM  2019-2020 Board of Directors Meeting (Breakfast Served)
7:30 AM-2:00 PM  Registration Desk Open
8:00-9:00 AM


9:00-10:00 AM

Education: Curating Trends on a Budget


10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Industry Expo

10:00 AM-2:00 PM 


Headshot Lounge
Don't have a headshot or need a new one? Today, a professional headshot is an essential component of a strong personal brand. All attendees are invited to get your headshot taken by a professional photographer for free! 

10:30-11:30 AM  Workshop: The Art of Product Photography
2:00-3:00 PM
Education: Adding Ice Cream to Your Business
3:00-4:00 PM 
Education: Hot Topics in Food Law and Regulation

4:00-5:15 PM 

Kettle Talk
(RCI Member Exclusive)
RCI members engage in an open discussion, asking questions about chocolate techniques, production, labeling and more.
6:30 PM Reception
7:00-11:00 PM

The Masterpiece Awards Banquet
Help us celebrate highlights of the week and honor leaders of the confectionery industry. After dinner enjoy live music by Silver Arrow Band, known for creating music for your feet, certain to get the dance floor hopping all night long with their five-piece band.

Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:00-8:00 AM  Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Off-Site Confectionery Tours

  • Hauser Chocolatier
  • Munson's Chocolates
  • Sweenor's Chocolates, Inc.


Dinner on Own

8:00-10:00 PM

Night at the Art Museum, featuring Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
RCI and Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate bring you an evening of inspiration. Let your creativity ignite as you surround yourself with still and live works of art while enjoying light fare and libations at a unique art museum. Don’t miss an opportunity to connect during this fun, interactive event while celebrating the conclusion of another great convention week!

Friday, June 7, 2019
7:00-8:00 AM  Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Off-Site Confectionery Tours

  • Fascia's Chocolates
  • Thompson Chocolate
  • Chocolate & Wine Tasting Aboard 1920's Passenger Train
Evening  Dinner on Own