Corn Party 2023

February 14-19

Sacramento + CA Road Trip

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Dates Announced!

The MAiZE

February 14-19, 2023

Join Our MAiZE Family As We "See California"

21 Road Trip & Farm Stops in 5 Days!

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⇠Road Trip: Feb 14-16 ⇢

⇠Bus Tour: Feb 17-18 ⇢

2023 Corn Party

Details & Logistics

Agenda

Conference schedule of events (may be subject to minor changes)

Featured Speaker

Dan Sawatzski, founder of Imagination Corporation

Monday, February 13

*Agenda is subject to minor changes

Arrive in Los Angeles for pre-conf road trip and enjoy optional activities on your own. A few recommendations include:

- Disneyland | CLICK HERE

- Knott's Berry Farm | CLICK HERE

- Original Farmer's Market | CLICK HERE

- Reagan Presidential Library | CLICK HERE

7:30 PM - Registration and Mix 'n Mingle at Courtyard/Towneplace Suites Agoura Hills, CA

Tuesday, February 14

Road Trip Day 1

- Underwood Family Farms

- Murray Family Farm

- World Ag Expo

- Dinner at Bravo Farms

- Sensorio Light Show

HOTEL: Stay in San Luis Obispo

CLICK HERE to view map

Wednesday, February 15

Road Trip Day 2

- Avila Valley Barn

- Daniel's Woodland Tour (limited space CLICK to sign up)

- Hearst Castle (optional - CLICK to sign up on your own)

- Enjoy your beautiful ocean drive along Hwy 1 (or 101 if parts of Hwy 1 are closed or you prefer a faster/straighter drive)

- Bubba Gump's dinner & networking at Monterey Cannery Row

HOTEL: Stay in Monterey/Marina

CLICK HERE to view map

Thursday, February 16

Road Trip Day 3

- Casa De Fruta

- Swank Farms

- Garlic World

- Mystery Spot

- Roaring Camp Railroad (train ride through the redwoods)

- Dinner at Santa Cruz Boardwalk (and learning with Whiting Foods)

HOTEL: Stay in San Jose

CLICK HERE to view map

Friday, February 17

Bus Tour Day 4

- Happy Hollow Park

- G&M Farm

- Dell'Osso Family Farm

- Calivines Winery & Olive Mill

5:30 pm | Vendor Show & Conference Registration, Sacramento Hilton Arden West

CLICK HERE to view map

Saturday, February 18

8 am | Opening Session

10 am | Vendor Show

12 pm | Bus departs to Bishop's Pumpkin Farm

1-6:45 pm | Breakout Sessions & Hands-On Learning

6:45 pm | California Farm to Fork Dinner, Auction, Awards

8:45 pm | Buses return to Hilton hotel

Sunday, February 19

Optional Choose-Your-Own Tours

A: California Food Production - CLICK HERE to book

B: Napa Valley Wines

C: San Francisco Bay Cruise

D: Fisherman's Wharf & Alcatrez

* Click on section below for more details and booking info.

Click Below To View Printable Agenda

CLICK HERE for agenda (*subject to slight changes)

"Choose Your Own" Day

Choose your own adventure on February 19 from the options below

Join fellow MAiZE family members on a chartered bus for a one-of-a-kind tour custom-crafted by Wayne Bishop. As someone who knows & loves California agriculture, hear just a bit about this tour from Wayne himself...

“The central valley of California is 1.88 million acres of the word’s most productive farmland.  We will taste its fruits: Pie and a tour from a pastry chef and food writer who trained under the famous Alice Waters; Brunch at a restaurant owned by one of the largest queen bee producers in the world; Wine at the most unique and historic winery in the valley (the vineyards are tended by Trappist monks), Almonds and rice at multigenerational fully vertically integrated farms; and field to brewery beer marketed with the tagline “Put Your Lips on a Farmer” (you can get the t-shirt).  We will finish the day at one of the restaurants that turned a small farming town into a dining destination, and hear from the owner who made it happen.

I associate my fondest travel memories with the meals I had and the authentic and inspiring people I met.  If that describes you as well, you need to join me on this tour!”

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Itinerary Below:

  • Depart Hilton at 8:00 am
  • Real Pie Company  - intro on the bus, followed by brief tour, then take pie slice with us
  • The Hive - Brunch and shopping. Someone from Olivarez Bee Company, which owns the restaurant, will
    speak to us during the meal about their various operations.
  • New Clairvaux Vineyard - Docent-led tour of grounds followed by wine tasting.
  • Sohnrey Family Foods - almond snack, shop for nuts and other local products
  • Lundberg Family Farms  Organic Rice | Sustainably Grown - rice chip snack, tour of and processing facility
  • Farmers Brewing Co - tour brewery, taste, shop
  • Dinner at Putah Creek Café
  • Arrive back at Hilton at 8:45 pm

For those interested in touring Napa Valley's world-famous wineries, we have reached out to the local visitor bureau and below are 3 recommended choices you may want to consider and book on your own:

Napa Valley Wine Trolley is $125 per person + a wine tasting fee of $30-$40. It
starts at 10:30 am and lasts 5 hours. It does include lunch. This tour is rated 4.5 stars
CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TO BOOK

Platypus Wine Tours costs $119 + $40 wine tasting fee. It starts at 10 am and ends at 5 pm. You tour 3 different vineyards and lunch is included. This tour is rated 4.9 stars
CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TO BOOK

Baldacci Family Vineyards is $125 per person. It is a 90 minute tour and includes
 4 wines and a charcuterie plate. They are rated 5 stars
CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TO BOOK

Are you ready to see the spectacular sights of the San Francisco Bay and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge? Bass Tub is the perfect way to see all the attractions and sightseeing spots with the best view in the house. Bay cruises leave throughout the day every day of the week from 300 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. San Francisco Bay sightseeing cruises are$15 per person and are1 hour long. No reservation is required. The boats at Fisherman's Wharf alternate, so just come down anytime and catch the next outgoing cruise. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Take a round-trip ferry from Fisherman's Wharf and tour the inside of the Alcatraz prison cellhouse. Step back in time and experience the legendary island that has been a civil war fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history.

Also included: Enjoy the historical gardens of Alcatraz, views of San Francisco Bay, and the exhibit: Red Power on Alcatraz: Perspectives 50 Years Later on display in the New Industries Building. Expect to spend 2.5-3 hours on Alcatraz island.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Hotels

Reserve now to secure your spot

Main Conference Hotel - Book Now!

Hilton Sacramento Arden West; February 17-19, 2023; 2200 Harvard St; Sacramento, CA

Book inside our block by Feb. 2 to secure a discounted rate of $189 for the nights of Feb. 17 and 18 (and 19th if you decide to stay for the optional tours on Sunday) that includes complimentary breakfast, wifi, and parking.

CLICK HERE to book online by Feb. 2.

Road Trip Hotels

FEB. 13: THOUSAND OAKS/AGOURA HILLS: Marriott Courtyard OR Towneplace Suites, $179 block rate. The two hotels are connected and offer free parking, breakfast and wifi. BLOCK IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Residence Inn Westlake Village: $189 block rate; includes free breakfast, wifi and parking. CLICK HERE to book by Jan. 25.

Following are two other close properties (within one mile) you could book at if you prefer:

Hampton Inn & Suites Agoura Hills - CLICK HERE

Homewood Suites Agoura Hills - CLICK HERE

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FEB. 14: SAN LUIS OBISPO: Embassy Suites, $160 block rate. Free parking, breakfast, and wifi. BLOCK IS NOW SOLD OUT. CLICK HERE to book at hotel's best available rate, or book at the following overflow hotel located across the street:

Best Western Royal Oak, $149 block rate. Free parking, breakfast and wifi. CLICK HERE to book by Feb. 1.

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FEB. 15: MONTEREY: Springhill Suites the Dunes on Monterey Bay; THIS HOTEL IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Hampton Inn Marina, $183 block rate. Free parking, breakfast and wifi. THIS HOTEL IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Though we don't have blocks at any other hotels, following are two properties adjacent to the Hampton Inn:

Holiday Inn Express - CLICK HERE

Comfort Inn - CLICK HERE

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FEB. 16: SAN JOSE: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House, between $149 and $199 block rate, depending on room type. Free parking, airport shuttle, breakfast, and wifi. BLOCK IS SOLD OUT. CLICK HERE to book at hotel's best available rate, or choose one of the options below:

Embassy Suites: $179, free breakfast, parking and wifi. Please note this hotel does NOT offer a free hotel shuttle and you would need to Uber if dropping your car at the airport. CLICK HERE

Hampton Inn San Jose Airport: We do not have a block at this hotel, but it is just a couple blocks from the Hyatt and does have an airport shuttle. CLICK HERE to see their best available rates.

Transportation

Airport, Bus & Rental Car Info

Suggested Airports & Dates

If participating in the pre-conference road trip, plan to arrive in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. Burbank is the closest airport to our hotel in Thousand Oaks/Agoura Hills that night, but LAX may end up being your cheapest flight option.

If skipping the road trip, fly into San Jose on Feb. 16 for the bus tour + conference. Our San Jose hotel (Hyatt Place or House) does offer a free airport shuttle.

All flights home will likely be out of Sacramento on February 19, unless participating in the "choose-your-own" post-conf tour that day and departing on February 20.

The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle, so Uber is likely your best option from the Hilton to the Sacramento airport. If a shuttle becomes available at a later date, we will share details on those costs.

Road Trip Rental Cars or Bus

CARS: The vision of the pre-conference road trip was originally built on driving your own cars & making choices along the route re: how long to linger at each stop, etc. For those participating in the road trip, you'll want to rent a car in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 (or drive your own) and return it to San Jose on Feb. 16, where you can then switch to riding on a bus for the start of our bus tour on Feb. 17. For those who prefer to keep their car & follow buses, you'd want to return your car in Sacramento where the conference concludes. For those interested in carpooling with other attendees, we will email you all a list of road trip attendees in early January so you can reach out to each other if you'd like.

BUS: Because some have expressed interest in riding a bus for the entire road trip instead of driving (Feb 14-16), we've done our best to respond to that request and have made arrangements for up to 2 buses, available first come first serve for a cost of $210 ea. This is a bus seat cost only and does not include registration, which must still be done separately.

Unfortunately two is the maximum number of buses that will fit the scheduling/capacity limits of our road trip itinerary and will be available if they are at least 50% filled. CLICK HERE for details on the bus & to purchase/reserve a seat. Please note that the bus will start on the 14th at the hotel near Underwoods, so you would need to get from the airport to Agoura Hills/Thousand Oaks on the 13th.

*NOTE: The info above refers only to the road trip from Feb. 14-16. The conference registration fee automatically includes a bus tour seat for Feb 17-18.

Best of the Best

Annual Award Contests - Enter Now!

Award Categories

This year's Corn Party will once again include Best of the Best award contests, recognizing members of our MAiZE family in the following categories: 

Best new idea (to be shared in Corn Party slideshow)  

Best printed marketing material  

Best website  

Best maze aerial  

Best social media campaign or idea   

Best video or commercial 

Best photo opp​

Best shirt design​​  

Best unique food

We encourage all of you to enter by our deadline of February 1. The winner of each category will be recognized at the Corn Party. In addition, there will be a Cash Prize of $100 given to one randomly selected person who enters the Best New Idea category. 

How to Enter

BEST IDEA: Email photos of your ideas to rilee@themaize.com by February 1. Entries will be shown in the Best Ideas Slideshow at the Corn Party. Ideas can range from new attractions, new maze games, alterations to your food operation that increased profitability, new employee hiring/training/incentive ideas, etc. Really anything that either increased revenue, improved the customer experience, improved employee performance or decreased your stress as an owner! Please include a photo or image visually demonstrating the idea and a brief description of how it helped you to be more successful ​.

BEST MAZE AERIAL | PRINTED MATERIAL | PHOTO OPP | SHIRT DESIGN | UNIQUE FOOD: Email photos of your submissions and a brief description to rilee@themaize.com by Feb. 1.

BEST WEBSITE | SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN | VIDEO: Email a link to your submission and a brief description to rilee@themaize.com by Feb. 1.

Exhibitor Tradeshow

Register now to share your product/service

The annual MAiZE Siteowner’s Conference is a wonderful opportunity to expose your products or services, in a face-to-face setting, with more than 300 of our corn maze operators. Each year, the conference features an intimate vendor display area, where a handful of companies are invited and given permission to share their information with the attendees.

PARTICIPATE

Set up a display- register for an 8x10 booth space where you can share your products/services firsthand. Please email rilee@themaize.com with any questions.  

Submit a flier and/or sample to be included in each attendee's conference registration bag by signing up for the vendor packet. 

Sponsor the Corn Party for added exposure. Email kamille@themaize.com for a list of sponsorship options.

Auction: Want added exposure, while contributing to a good cause? Click the auction section below to register a live or silent auction item, benefitting the MAiZE's college scholarship fund.

Vendor Packet Registration

CLICK HERE to register insert a flier in our attendee vendor packet. Booth spaces are now sold out. Please contact rilee@themaize.com to request a spot on the waiting list.

Auction

Benefiting the Dale Herbst & Daniel Huffstutler Scholarship Fund

Register items