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 Atlanta!


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 2 and 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, March 3.)

Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award
Casual Living magazine and HPBA presented the Donna H. Myers Barbecue Leadership Award to Stan Hayes, co-founder & CEO of Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) during the HPBExpo 2016 Tailgate Event. The HPBExpo 2017 award ceremony will be on Thursday, March 2 at the Tailgate & Cook-off at 5:30pm.



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Thursday, March 2
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 2016:

Representing HPBA Canada
WINNER — “The Canadian BBQ Boys” — Derick Cotnam and Shane Chartrand of the Fireplace Center & Patio Shop – walked away with the coveted Big Green Egg Award.
Derick Cotnam & Shane Chartrand
The Fireplace Center & Patio Shop
Ottawa, ON

Representing Northwest HPBA
“Team Innovations”
Ryan Thramer & Mike Roe
Innovations for Quality Living
Bellingham, WA

Representing Mid-Atlantic HPBA
“All Fired Up”
Michael & Amie Zabriskie
S.O.S. Stove & Fireplace Shoppe
Port Murray, NJ

Representing Arizona HPBA
“The King’s BBQ Crew”
Val Romero
Arizona Grill & Hearth
Elliott White
Grand Canyon Gas Logs
Tucson, AZ

Representing Midwest HPBA
“Midwest’s Best”
James Bassemier & Jeff Raymond
Bassemiers Fireplace, Patio, & Spas, Inc.
Evansville, IN

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

HPBExpo 2016 emcee:

Ted Reader
Chef/BBQ Expert/Author

HPBExpo 2016 judges:

Chef Kevin Belton
New Orleans School of Cooking

Carolyn Wells
Cofounder/Executive Director
Kansas City Barbecue Society

Wild Bill
WGNO New Orleans

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 2017 program will be open for entries on November 1, 2016 at

Judging will take place the first day of the HPBExpo, March 2, 2017; 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 3, at the convention center. Winners and finalists will be featured in Hearth & Home’s April issue. Now in its 17th year, the Vesta Awards are a respected and prestigious part of the HPBExpo. To view the winners and finalists of the 2016 Vesta Awards, go to

Retailer of the Year Awards

For the fifth year, a Retail segment 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 1, 2016 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.

Congratulations – to the hearth winner, A.J. Manufacturing, LLC for their E-Z Load Floor and the outdoor winner, Starfire Designs for their Aurora Fire Pit.

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