To  register as an Exhibitor for the 2020 CDBA Expo please download the file below to complete the official Registration Form.  Once completed, please email it directly to the Director of Expo & Events at Jessica@CraftDBA.org

Exhibitor Registration Form (pdf)



There are 2 easy ways to register as an Attendee for the 2020 CDBA Expo!

Option 1  - download the file below to complete the official Registration Form.  Once completed, please email it directly to the Director of Expo & Events at Jessica@CraftDBA.org

Option 2 - click the link below to register through Eventbrite.com


Cheers and see you there!

Attendee Registration Form (pdf)



Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center

6000 West Osceola Parkway

Kissimmee, Florida 34746

Sunday May 10 - Thursday May 13, 2020

Through our relationship with the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, we have negotiated even more benefits for our Craft Distillers & Brewers Association Members. Among some of the many benefits CDBA members receive, at the Expo & Convention you will also qualify for discounted Walt Disney World tickets, complimentary shuttle to and from the WDW Parks, a 10% discount in the Relaché Spa, Lead Retrieval Technology while in the Expo, the opportunity to upgrade to premium Exhibitor spaces, preferences in reserving private exhibitor suites if desired and discounts on all packages for the Expo & Convention. If you are not currently a member, it is not too late to sign up and take advantage of the many benefits at the Expo and all year long!

Registration for status as an Exhibitor or Attendee is available via the downloadable form or scroll below to register online.  

Hotel room reservations can also be made via the registration website listed below or by calling the hotel directly at 407-586-0000 (please be sure the reference Craft Distillers and Brewers Association to ensure the best possible rate and guaranteed rooms) . 

Reduced room rates for CDBA are only available until April 12, 2020. After that date, rates and availability may change. 


Any questions about the Expo & Conference can be directed to Jessica Valby at Jessica@CraftDBA.org

Sponsorship opportunities available. Please inquire via CraigValby@CraftDBA.org

The 2020 Craft Distillers & Brewers Expo will be the industry's premier conference  joining Craft Distillers and Craft Brewers with local, regional and national distributors.  

The 2020 Expo will have over 400 exhibitors positioned and ready to network with representatives from over 600 various distributors, wholesalers and retailers looking to discover craft brands for their respective market.  

By participating as an Exhibitor, Attendee or Sponsor, your company and products will be in front of thousands of like-minded industry professionals who are vested in building the craft industry to unimaginable limits.    

Join us for this inaugural event as the world of Craft takes center stage.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in May 2020 at our inaugural Exposition and Conference at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in sunny Orlando, Florida!


SUNDAY  5/10/2020

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM -- Exposition Open for Set-Up

Expo Rooms E & F

10 AM – 1 PM --Spirits Specialist Certification Class

*Prior registration and additional cost for non-members will be required  

*Actual testing will not be conducted on-site

Sarasota 1

1:30 – 3 PM --Women in Craft Distilling & Brewing

What better day to pay homage to women in our industry than on Mothers’ Day.  Drink with us girls while we discuss the increase in female head distillers, brewers, drinkers and lovers.  

Destin 2

2 – 5 PM -- Cicerone Certification Classes

*Prior registration and additional cost for non-members will be required  

*Actual testing will not be conducted on-site

Sarasota 1

2 – 3:30 PM -- American Single Malt Whiskey - Movement to Market Segment

“The American Single Malt Whiskey Commission (ASMWC) has been formed in response to the growing need for American-based producers to define the category—both domestically and internationally—in order to protect, educate, promote and ultimately grow it.” This is directly from the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission website and we are excited to have members of the Commission speak about this mass movement to market segment.

Destin 1

3:30 – 5 PM --Distillery/Brewery Tourism

As the popularity of craft distilleries and breweries increases, many people are using these locally owned experiential locations to create date-nights, girls/guys weekends, staycations, vacations and everything in between.  We will address how to increase your exposure to the market by getting involved in “Destination Distillery/Brewery”.

Destin 2

4 – 6 PM --Craft Distillers & Brewers Association Advisory Council Meeting - Closed to the Public

4:20 – 6 PM (yes, it starts at 4:20...) -- CBD and it's Future in the Beverage Industry

As recreational marijuana sales continue to open up in states across the country, and with political leaders across the aisle calling for legalized hemp farming and distribution, the market for both CBD and THC, has exploded. The legal cannabis industry brought in $9 billion in 2017 and that’s prior to the launch of recreational sales in California this past January. Hemp-derived CBD is estimated to grow to a $1.8 billion market by 2020.  Let’s ring in this talk at 4:20 and address how it will impact the craft beverage industry.  

Destin 1

4:30 – 6 PM

Networking in Wreckers Sports Bar

Wreckers Sports Bar - Adjacent to Expo Space, Ground Level

6 PM – Last One Standing -- Craft Distillers & Brewers Association Partner Dinner

By Invitation Only

MONDAY  5/11/2020

7 – 8 AM -- Morning Yoga

Start the week and Expo off right.  The Craft Distillers & Brewers Association provided this complimentary yoga class taught by a certified yoga instructor

Coquina Lawn

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM -- Expo Space and Private Exhibitor Suites Open for Set-Up

Exhibitor load-in and set up will ensue.  Shepard Expo Services will also be on-site to assist with and shipments sent in advance, set-up and logistics.  If you reserved a private exhibitor suite in advance all information about location, logistics and assistance will be sent 45 days prior to set up.  

Expo Rooms E & F and Private Expo Suites

10:30 AM – 5:30 PM -- Final Spirits & Beer Competition Judging - Closed to the Public

9:30 – 11 AM

Market Trends - Where is the Industry Going?

The global craft spirits market size was valued at USD 6.13 billion in 2016 and is expected to witness a growth at a CAGR of 33.4% from 2017 to 2025. Craft spirits are domestically produced in distilleries, which have a production volume below 750,000 gallons. Millennial population with considerable purchasing power is expected to drive the market over the forecast period.  We will look at the current trends and look forward to what the industry will bring in coming years.

Destin 1

11 AM – 12:30 PM -- Federal Regulations and Legal Changes within the Craft Industry

We will discuss the ways in which federal and state legislation has impacted the growth of the US craft spirits and beer industry.  The legal framework in place for the production and distribution of alcoholic beverages, which is a legacy of the Prohibition movement, continues to have a significant impact on the development of the craft spirits & beer industry.  The growth in the craft industry has not been proportional across all states, and as such, certain state regulations can restrict how Distillers & Brewers can distribute and as a result limit their growth opportunity.  

Destin 2

11:30 AM - 1 PM -- Distillery/Brewery Sustainability

Like any product that relies on agriculture, beer and spirits can have a major environmental footprint. Growing barley, grains, distilling and brewing takes a lot of water and expends a lot of energy. More craft distilleries and breweries can mean more waste, CO2 emissions, and a significant negative impact on climate change.  There are many craft distilleries and breweries that are dedicated to making craft products that we can feel good about drinking as they are to creating incredible taste experiences.  Let’s dig into those brands and see what current and new technology is available to lessen our environmental footprint. 

Destin 1

1:30 – 3 PM -- Establishing American Viticulture Areas (AVA) for Grains

An American Viticultural Area, or AVA, is a specific type of appellation of origin used on wine labels. An AVA is a delimited grape-growing region with specific geographic or climatic features that distinguish it from the surrounding regions and affect how grapes are grown. Using an AVA designation on a wine label allows vintners to describe more accurately the origin of their wines to consumers and helps consumers identify wines they may purchase.  If wine can use AVA designated grapes to increase the value and quality of their products, why not implement those same criteria for us in the craft spirits and beer category with our grains and hops?

Destin 2

2 – 3:30 PM -- National or Regional Distributor??

Based on your individual goals for distribution, we will weigh the pros and cons of partnering with national and regional distributors.  

Destin 1

3:30 – 5 PM -- Financial Options as a Small Business

Being the boss can be exhilarating. But there are also significant risks to going out on your own. Unfortunately, the failure rate of small business is high, with only 50 percent of new businesses surviving for five years. The keys to success lie in proper budgeting, determining the right product for your market or audience, marketing that product, and then selling it at the right volume.

What small business owners sometimes forget is that they need to adapt their own individual financial plans for the new realities and risks of being a business owner.  

Comprehensive financial planning for an individual or couple generally involves tax planning, risk management, investment planning, retirement planning and gift and estate planning. We have these resources available for your and a quick Finances 101 for your small business. 

Destin 2

4 – 5:30 PM -- Marketing “Craft”

A Craft Distillery or Brewery is a small, often boutique-style distillery established to produce beverage grade spirit alcohol in relatively small quantities, usually done in single batches (as opposed to larger distillers' continuous distilling process). While the term is very commonly used in the United States, what truly is “craft”? What are the hard line definitions and how do you walk the line if you are not “technically” CRAFT? And if you TRULY are CRAFT, how do you differentiate yourself from those who aren’t?

Destin 1

4:30 – 6 PM -- Networking in Wreckers Sports Bar

Wreckers Sports Bar - Adjacent to Expo Space, Ground Level

5:15 – 6 PM -- Mixology with YOUR Brand

Let us play with your product and help you create some signature craft cocktails with your spirit or beer.  Our mixologist will come with ides, recipes and suggestions for you to use as you wish.  

*Requires pre-registration & limited spots available

Destin 2

6 – 9 PM -- "Steampunk Welcomes You" Welcome Reception & Judging Awards Ceremony

As we kick off the start of an amazing week, we travel to where the past meets the future with elaborate furnishings, lighting and decor all in the Steampunk style.  We also bestow the Craft Spirits and Craft Beer awards to those who rose to the top of their categories in the inaugural CDBA Craft Spirits & Craft Beer Competition.  

Osceola Ballroom

TUESDAY 5/12/2020

7 – 8 AM -- Sweat Out the Spirits Boot Camp

Get the blood pumping and adrenaline flowing!  The Craft Distillers & Brewers Association provided this complimentary boot camp taught by a certified fitness instructor.  

Coquina Lawn

10:30 AM – 4:30 PM -- Ribbon Cutting & Official Opening of CDBA Expo

Private Exhibitor Suites are also now open.  

Exposition Spaces E & F

4:30 – 6 PM -- Networking in Wreckers Sports Bar

Wreckers Sports Bar - Adjacent to Expo Space, Ground Level

6 – 9 PM -- Craft Beer Olympic Games 

Form a team and come have some fun showing off your Olympic level skills!  The winning team will receive the Craft Brewers Cup that will be passed annually to each winner.

Coquina Lawn

WEDNESDAY 5/13/2020

7 – 8 AM -- Barrel & Brew Bootcamp

Style in your recovery is key!  The Craft Distillers & Brewers Association provided this complimentary boot camp taught by a certified fitness instructor

Coquina Lawn

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM -- CDBA Exposition Space Open

Private Exhibitor Suites also open.

Expo Spaces E & F

3:30 – 9 PM -- Expo Space Load-Out


CDBA Expo Schedule (pdf)


Book Your Hotel Room for the CDBA Expo & Convention

Uncover a one-of-a-kind enchanted surrounding at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. The upscale resort in Kissimmee, Florida features a premier location just minutes from Walt Disney World® and Universal Orlando Resort™. Start your stay in our soaring glass atrium showcasing the landscape of the Everglades, the cobblestone streets and rich history of St. Augustine, and the picturesque scenery and vibrant colors of Key West. When it's time to get to business, inspire new ideas across 400,000 square-feet of impressive meeting space. Unfold extraordinary moments at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. If you so choose, bring the family and extend your stay with the added bonus of receiving the negotiated group discounted guest room rate. Enjoy a day with your children at our water park, or savor some time to yourself at our adult-only pool. We also offer a full-service spa, perfect for pursuing a pampering session. Continue the fun as you delight your taste buds with the finest cuisine from any of their 9 restaurants. This location serves as the perfect location for the inaugural event for the CDBA to network, build your brands and discover new business partnerships. 

The CDBA has negotiated discount hotel rates for all Exhibitors, Attendees and Sponsors for Expo & Convention.  Please make sure you reference the Craft Distillers & Brewers Association when making your reservation in order to receive your discount.  CDBA Members also have the opportunity to book upgraded room types at discounted rates as well! If you're not a member, now is the time to join!


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Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Airport Phone: +1 407-825-2001

Hotel direction: 19.3 miles NE 

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. 

  • Alternate transportation: Mears Transportation 
  • Estimated taxi fare: 53 USD (one way) 

Visit MCO airport website 

Driving directions 

SR-528 W / Exit I-4 W / Exit 65 Osceola Parkway-Animal Kingdom/ Go East on Osceola Parkway / Gaylord Palms on Right

Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)

Airport Phone: +1 407-894-9831

Hotel direction: 22 miles NE 

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. 

  • Estimated taxi fare: 68 USD (one way) 

Visit ORL airport website 

Driving directions 

Get on FL-408 W in Azalea Park from E Colonial Dr and FL-436/N Semoran Blvd. Turn right onto FL-436/N Semoran Blvd. Take the ramp to Downtown/Orlando. Continue on FL-408 W. Take I-4 W to W Osceola Pkwy. Take exit 65 from I-4 W. Continue on W Osceola Pkwy to your destination.