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 Nashville!


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.
HPBA Sports Bar/Concession Area

The ultimate tailgating vehicle from Varsity Motor Coach will broadcast 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 8 and 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, March 9.)

Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award
Casual Living magazine and HPBA presented the Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award to Dante Cantal, founder of Twin Eagles, Inc. during the HPBExpo 2017 Tailgate Event. The HPBExpo 2018 award ceremony will be on Thursday, March 8 at the Tailgate & Cook-off at 5:30pm.



Our Generous Sponsor!
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Thursday, March 8
5:00–7:30 pm
Outdoor Burn Area

Come cheer for your peers as they compete in the hottest event at North America’s biggest indoor-outdoor living showcase. Contestants will grill their most innovative and tasty recipes on Big Green Eggs for the chance to win their very own Big Green Egg.

Join us to crown a new barbecue champion while enjoying great food and drink and a whole lot of fun. Stay tuned for the highlights.

Teams that competed during HPBExpo 2017:

Representing Southeast HPBA
WINNER — “Char Heels”
Patrick Tinsley & Alex Tinsley
Clean Sweep the Fireplace Shop
Waynesville, NC

Representing Arizona HPBA
“The King’s BBQ Crew”
Val Romero & Craig Norris
Arizona Grill & Hearth
Tucson, AZ

Representing Rocky Mountain HPBA
“Mile High Smokers”
Ty Miller & Kristin Wagner
Ty Miller Sales
Boulder, CO

Representing Southeast HPBA
“Just Grillin”
Doug Driscoll & Hollie Droscoll
Just Grillin
Tampa, FL

Representing South Central HPBA
“H-Town Grillaz’”
Christopher Sanchez & Gabriel Delgado
Tru-Lite, Inc.
Houston, TX

Representing HPBA Canada
“The Canadian BBQ Boys”
Derick Cotnam & Shane Chartrand
The Fireplace Center & Patio Shop
Ottawa, Canada

HPBExpo 2017 emcee:

Dr. BBQ/Ray Lampee

HPBExpo 2017 judges:

Championship Kansas City Barbecue Society pitmasters:
Dave Elliott
Loren Hill
Jayna Todisco

Hearth & Home Magazine’s 17th 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 2018 program will be open for entries on November 1, 2017 at

Judging will take place the first day of the HPBExpo, March 8, 2018; 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 9, at the convention center. Winners and finalists will be featured in Hearth & Home’s April issue. Now in its 18th year, the Vesta Awards are a respected and prestigious part of the HPBExpo. To view the winners and finalists of the 2017 Vesta Awards, go to

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.

Congratulations – to the hearth winner, 509 Fabrications, Inc. for their model 5091/Optimum, and the outdoor winner, A.J. Manufacturing, LLC for their Smokey’s BBQ Mats.

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