Originally Posted by remilard
Also the presentations are okay to very good and worthwhile if you want to learn. If you need to conserve funds the social package will be a more memorable experience. I certainly would suggest doing the whole enchilada if you can swing it.
I agree, except I am not wild about the banquet. Oh, it's nice and they announce the winners of the homebrew competition, but it's not a $40 meal. I've done it twice, and the fun comes with sitting with my HBT friends and talking. If money is tight, it'd be an easy skip for me.
I wouldn't skip the presentations, unless you have to. There are some very good ones, some "ok" ones, but you have some good choices. You get to "rub elbows" more with fellow homebrewers, and ask questions of some of the authors of the books you've bought. It's pretty cool, and also some good information comes out of each seminar.
Pro-Brewers night is a blast, but club night is the best.