NOLA Mixer @ Convention Center - Theater Foyer
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

GEAPS invites all first-time and international attendees to an exclusive networking event. Make connections with colleagues from around the world and learn helpful tips for navigating the Exchange. Look for a ticket with your registration badge!

The mixer is exclusive to all first time and international attendees.

Get-Acquainted Party @ Generations Hall
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Attend this year’s kick-off party at Generation’s Hall; located In New Orleans’s eclectic warehouse district, just a couple blocks from the Convention Center and close to many of the Exchange hotels. Network with fellow attendees while experiencing a bit of Louisiana. This year’s party features an interactive Crawfish Boil, a full NOLA inspired buffet, entertainment and more! Originally built in the early 1820’s as a sugar refinery, Generations Hall has ample space to enjoy the delicious drink, food and conversation that this party has to offer.

A complimentary shuttle will be available from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. circulating between Generations Hall, the Convention Center and the Exchange Hotels. Admission includes two drink tickets for beer/wine. The party is included in the attendee and companion full registrations and can also be purchased a la carte.

Fun Run/Walk @ Hilton Riverside - Lobby Departure
Mar 10 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am

Start the morning and Exchange off on the right foot and head out for a refreshing 5k run along the Mississippi River.

This event is free for all attendees.

Welcome Reception @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

This Expo Hall event is open to everyone – all registered attendees, exhibitors and companions. Enjoy beverages and appetizers while you stroll through the hall. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to network and explore the hall as the first day of the Expo comes to a close. This event is free for all registered attendees.

President’s Reception & Banquet @ Mardi Gras World
Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Delicious food, great conversation, and recognition of outstanding industry leaders make this closing event at Exchange highly memorable.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception (drink tickets will be provided with purchase of a banquet ticket), followed by a three-course meal and an experience of a traditional Mardi Gras Parade with a variety of entertainers. The live entertainment features song, dance and crowd interaction which are sure to delight!  Following the banquet you’re invited to enjoy a complimentary tour of the float den.

Banquet tickets are included in attendee and companion full registrations and can be purchased a la carte.

Zen-Noh Grain Facility Tour @ Hilton Riverside - Lobby Departure
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join other Exchange attendees as you take a trip to tour the Zen Noh Grain Facility. The tour will last about 2 hours and give you an insight to one of the great export facilities in New Orleans region.

* Group will meet at the Hilton Riverside lobby promptly at 9 a.m. and a bus will take everyone to the facility. Wear closed-toed shoes. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided by the facility.

Tickets for this event can be purchased a la carte.