The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is planning a variety of free Meat Me in @LANTA activities and networking opportunities for IPPE attendees. IPPE will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from Jan. 26 – 28.

A Poultry History Museum / Hall of Fame display can be viewed in Booth A-27 in the A-Lobby. Go back to the beginnings of the American poultry industry and follow how the industry became the world's largest producer of poultry products.

Stop by Booth B-7075 in the B-Hall to see firsthand the iconic Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. Dating back to 1936, the vehicle has evolved through several generations of design to provide a reflection on the styles of the times.

IPPE is welcoming back Steve Olson and Chef Francesco Abbinanti, C.E.C., for an encore “Specialty Cuts and Recipes: The Latest in Pork and Beef” presentation as they demonstrate and prepare the latest trends in cuts of meat products for creating convenient meals. Join them from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Booth B-8849 on Jan. 26.

The 4th Annual Chili Cook-off contest is planned for 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 26. A group of highly competitive Atlanta chefs will prepare their favorite chili recipes featuring beef, pork and poultry. Attendees can sample and vote on their favorite chili at Booth B-8849, the Meat Me in @LANTA ring. The “Best Chili” award will be presented by 2016 Miss America Betty Cantrell at 4:30 p.m. to the winning chef. At 4:35 p.m., Cantrell will sing in the event area.

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The Welcome Reception at the Georgia Aquarium will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 with Bock Industries and Georgia Poultry sponsoring the event. Complimentary tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all IPPE attendees, and they will be distributed at a special desk in the registration lobby on Monday and Tuesday of the Expo. Miss America will be greeting attendees of the Welcome Reception, who can get their picture taken with her as time allows.

IPPE will be hosting a “Creations with Chicken and Tantalizing Turkey Tips” demonstration at Booth B-8849 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. Experienced chefs will showcase healthy and convenient ideas on how to cook poultry.

Enjoy playing “bean bag toss”? This year’s Hot Dog Toss is the same but with a twist. Teams of four will dress a hot dog and then toss it through the board to earn points. The Hot Dog Toss is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Booth B-8849. Winners will receive Visa gift cards, and other souvenirs will be distributed.

On Jan. 26 – 27, IPPE will offer cooking demonstrations featuring nationally and locally recognized chefs preparing and cooking chicken, turkey, beef and pork products. The demonstrations will be held in Booth B-8849, so plan to stop by for some enjoyable chef interaction and entertainment.