It came about in 1987 and was a success from the start. Why? Although the exhibitor (76) and visitor (8,000) statistics may appear to be modest today, at that time they were a complete surprise: the reception was so positive that the fair became an annual event held in spring. And this has been so until the present day. In the 21st century, the International Gourmet Club Fair – which first took place in 1992 – is considered to be the largest European fair devoted exclusively to top of the range food and it is an essential meeting point for professionals, producers and consumers of the most select products.
Among the different activities, it is worth mentioning the creation of the Senses Workshop, designed to appeal to a non-professional audience and even middle level students. The aim is to understand and get close to quality foods, highlighting their organoleptic qualities.
The growth of this fair continues in all respects, so much so that when the facilities at the Casa de Campo trade fair site, where it was held until 2008, no longer had the capacity for the exhibitors and visitors, it was necessary to move to IFEMA where the last edition occupied 20,000 square metres with 30,000 products, 1,188 exhibitors and around 80,000 people in spite of the crisis. Around one thousand food items were presented in display cabinets, all of which introduced something new in their composition, preparation or presentation. This is undoubtedly a record figure.
At the Fair, a Business Center (Business Meeting Point) is also held which is now in its 16th edition, a Wine Tunnel in which all of the Spanish Designations of Origin are present and an award ceremony for the best wines. The ham cutters contest, the cocktail competition and the space reserved for the Madrid Food Bank, the event’s solidarity corner cannot be forgotten.
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