Society of Wine Educators 43rd Annual Conference

SWE is pleased to offer evening events during our 43rd Annual Conference. Please join us each evening to network with fellow wine and spirits enthusiasts, taste the region’s flavors, and experience local dining. 

Wednesday, August 14 - Distillery Reception and Dinner

Prior to dinner, sip and sample highlights from the local distillery scene while networking with your fellow conference attendees. Distillers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia will be featured at this pre-dinner reception in the main foyer of The Mayflower.

Reception from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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After the reception, join us in the Grand Ballroom at The Mayflower for a welcome dinner sponsored by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits and their supplying partners. 

Dinner at 6:00 PM 

Thursday, August 15 - A Night Out in D.C.

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Attendees are given the night off and invited to explore D.C. on their own to experience the diverse culinary culture the nation's capital offers. The Mayflower Hotel is close to many of the city's best restaurants and nightlife, and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of this free evening. 

Friday, August 16 - Board of Directors' Disco - Friday Night Fever


The Board of Directors' Disco will feature dinner, live entertainment, and disco dancing. Arrive in your best jumpsuit or flares and ready to boogie the night away!

Annual raffle winners will be announced. Wines will be provided by the SWE Board of Directors. 

Note: While disco-themed attire is encouraged in the spirit of the event, there is not a required dress code for this event.

Dinner from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM.