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Monday, November 23 • 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Maintaining Your Food & Wine Festival’s Identity

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With the rise of VIP ticket prices, celebrity chefs and the epicurean experience, food and wine festivals are feeling the pressure to succeed in a fiercely competitive space. That said, these leaders understand their market and work hard to provide the experience that keeps their loyal fans coming back while they build a new group of attendees to sustain their festivals.

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Matt Kettmann

Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast
Matt Kettmann is the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent and a contributing editor to Wine Enthusiast, where he reviews more than 150 wines per month. He co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music festival and conference now in its seventh year, regularly moderates... Read More →

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Dominique Love

CEO & Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her latest role leading The IWSC Group North America.A... Read More →
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Kate Mider Pajo

Festival Director, Austin Food + Wine Festival, Music City Food + Wine Festival, Chicago Food + Wine Festival
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Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
Rebecca has 24 years of experience developing marketing programs, communication and public relations strategies. Her extensive background includes serving as a staff consultant in the California Legislature and coordinating a national legislative task force. A former Sales Operations... Read More →
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Denise Yamaguchi

Executive Director, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi is a business development consultant providing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with fund development, marketing, government affairs, public relations and community relations strategies and solutions. Yamaguchi also serves as the Executive Director... Read More →
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Gillian Zettler

Executive Director, Charleston Wine + Food
Erika began her career in New York City producing a number of award winning campaigns across a broad spectrum of mediums including advertising, events, sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing. She has been instrumental in producing multi-platform campaigns for Microsoft, Diageo... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm PST
Sierra Madre Room

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