Top chefs and small producers meet at the Gastronomic Forum in Girona
This year’s edition broke all records, both in number of exhibitors and available space
Girona has once again become the capital of gastronomy. The Gastronomic Forum opened on Sunday and closed its doors today. The sixth edition of the gastronomic fair broke all records, both in number of exhibitors, with more than 250 companies, and in how big the fair was. In order to meet the demand, the floor space was expanded by 30%.
One of the aims of this year’s edition was indeed to surpass previous ones, including when the Gastronomic Forum reached 24,000 visitors. This was more than feasible this year, as the available surface of the fair was increased about 30% because of the growth of the offer.
For the director of the Gastronomic Forum, Pep Palau, one of the challenges of the future was set at the Gastronomic Forum ten years ago, with its slogan 'Unite farmers and chefs'. "Now we are here, now we can say that everyone is involved,” he stated.
"It’s a great meeting point, from a business and human point of view. The most avant-garde companies are here, and nobody wants to be left behind"
Pep Palau · Director of the Gastronomic Forum
“An essential event”
During the fair, those who work in the restaurant sector are aware of the news and trends of the culinary world. That’s what Palau highlighted from the Gastronomic Forum. He said that it’s become "an essential event", due to the "plurality of actors" who attended the fair. "There are top chefs, but also the farmers and small producers," he stated.
Palau acknowledged that, for now, the gastronomic Forum is an "essential event," that exhibitors don’t want to miss. "It’s a great meeting point, from a business and human point of view. The most avant-garde companies are here, and nobody wants to be left behind," he noted.
Girona, a “gastronomic capital”
The chef from ‘El Celler de Can Roca’, Joan Roca, attended the Gastronomic Forum. Roca held a cooking demonstration based on roots, plants, buds, flowers and spices from Catalonia. Roca himself praised the "good work" that the Gastronomic Forum is doing to make Girona a "gastronomic capital."
Homage to musician Pere Tàpies
Just before Roca’s demonstration, one of the most emotional moments of the fair was the homage to Pere Tàpies, the musician and gastronomy expert that died almost a year ago.