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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 on the 6th Floor 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, Ballroom BC
3:00 PM  Associate Advisory Board Meeting, Rooms 24-27
5:00-7:00 PM  Registration Desk Open, Ballroom BC Foyer

5:00-7:00 PM 

The Installation Reception, Ballroom BC Foyer
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. 

7:30-10:00 PM

Next Generation Event, Meet in Marriott Lobby at 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Callebaut and Weaver Nut Company
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, Ballroom BC Foyer
8:00-9:00 AM

Welcome Breakfast and Annual Membership Meeting, 
Rooms 24-27

9:00-10:00 AM


Education: The Chocolate Genius, 
Rooms 24-27
Sponsored by Davis Chocolate

10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Industry Expo, Ballroom BC

12:00-1:00 PM

Reception on Expo Floor, Ballroom BC
Sweets & Treats sponsored by Guittard Chocolate Company

1:30-2:30 PM 
2019-2020 Executive Board Meeting, 
Marriott VIVO Private Dining Room

3:00-5:30 PM


Candy Clinic (RCI Member Exclusive), Rooms 24-27
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, 
*Marriott VIVO Private Dining Room
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)
*Marriott VIVO Private Dining Room
7:30 AM-2:00 PM  Registration Desk Open, Ballroom BC Foyer
8:00-9:00 AM

Breakfast, Rooms 24-26

9:00-10:00 AM

Education: Curating Trends on a Budget, 
Rooms 24-26

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Industry Expo, Ballroom BC

10:00 AM-2:00 PM 


Jelly Belly Headshot Lounge, Ballroom BC
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, Room 11
12:00-1:00 PM  2018-2019 Board & Spouses' Lunch, Room 12
2:00-3:00 PM

Education: Adding Ice Cream to Your Business, Rooms 24-26
Ice Cream Bar, sponsored by  Perfect Choco
3:00-4:00 PM 
Education: Hot Topics in Food Law and Regulation, 
Rooms 24-26

4:00-5:15 PM 

Kettle Talk
(RCI Member Exclusive), Rooms 24-26
RCI members engage in an open discussion, asking questions about chocolate techniques, production, labeling and more.
6:30 PM Reception, Ballroom A
7:00-11:00 PM


The Masterpiece Awards Banquet, Ballroom A
Dessert sponsored by Barry Callebaut
Entertainment sponsored by Linnea's Candy Supplies, Inc.

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, *Marriott Capital Room

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Off-Site Confectionery Tours

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


Dinner on Own
7:45-8:30 PM  Shuttle to Night at the Art Museum

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
7:00-8:30 AM  Breakfast and Registration, *Marriott Capital Room

8:30 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