Parties & Events

HPBExpo provides the opportunity to network, catch up, and simply have fun with colleagues, friends, and customers. Be sure to add these events to your schedule for New Orleans!

HPBA Annual Membership Meeting & Expo Opening Ceremony – Don’t miss the passing of the gavel to the new HPBA Chairman and the special ribbon-cutting prior to Thursday’s 9:00am show opening!  Join us at the exhibit hall entrance at 8:45am.

Outdoor Burn Area Events, including the HPBExpo Tailgate & Big Green Egg Cook-off Competition

HPBA Sports Bar/Concession Area

Check out the ultimate tailgating vehicle from Varsity Motor Coach that will broadcast the live games each show day from the Sports Bar Area in the outdoor burn. Take a break and enjoy a beverage from the bars or a quick bite during show hours. (Alcohol beverages will be available for sale from 3:00pm – 7:30pm Thursday, March 17 and 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, March 18.)

HPBExpo Tailgate & Big Green Egg Cook-off Competition

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The Outdoor Burn Area exhibit hours are extended on Thursday, March 17 for the fifth annual HPBExpo Tailgate & Cook-off party. Walk out to the Outdoor Burn at 5:00pm when the indoor exhibit hall closes.

The Cook-off is generously sponsored by Big Green Egg who is providing EGGs for the cook-off.

Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award

Casual Living magazine and HPBA will present the Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award. The award ceremony will be on Thursday, March 17 at the Tailgate & Cook-off at 5:30pm.

Hearth & Home Magazine’s 16th Annual Vesta Awards


The Vesta Awards program was created in 2001 by Hearth & Home magazine to recognize and honor manufacturers for their innovation in product design and/or technology. The 2016 program will be open for entries on November 6, 2015 at

Judging takes place the first day of the HPBExpo, March 17, 2016; judges are selected from the ranks of retailers, distributors, designers, laboratory scientists, affiliate leaders and industry consultants.

The Vesta Awards Ceremony will begin at 5:00pm on Friday, March 18th, at the convention center. Winners and finalists will be featured in Hearth & Home’s April issue. Now in its 16th year, the Vesta Awards are a respected and prestigious part of the HPBExpo. To view the winners and finalists of the 2015 Vesta Awards, go to

Retailer of the Year Awards

For the fourth year, a Retail addition has been added to the Vesta Awards program. There will be two Retailer Awards – one for Hearth Retailer of the Year and another for Outdoor Room Retailer of the Year. The awards will recognize stores that excel in Visual Merchandising (store appearance and design) and Marketing (advertising, promotions, web presence, social media, etc.), as well as employee training and customer service. The program will open for nominations on November 6, 2015 at

Attendees’ Choice Awards – Visit the New Product Pavilion to see the collection of products vying for this year’s Attendees’ Choice Awards. Before leaving the pavilion, cast your vote on the best hearth and outdoor living product.

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