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The Foire Internationale de Rennes 2013

will be held from 23rd March to 1st April at the PARC EXPO

situated next to Rennes Saint Jacques de Landes Airport

 

To give you an idea of the scale of the exhibition, the twelve exhibition halls and outside areas cover 55,000m² with 30,000 parking spaces available!  Each year a country is chosen to be "Guest of Honour" at the Foire and this year it is "Les Iles".  Discover Tahitian and Caribbean crafts, food and culture in Hall 10B.


HALLS
Hall 1  Animals and Livestock - Includes a mini farm where chicks hatch out of their shells daily, cows are milked and ducks and swans swim on a man made lake!  This year  a Giant Cow Puzzle is planned and young farmers will be mini tractor racing.  There is even a chance to learn metal work!  Regular livestock and horse competitions will be held and a dog obedience competition is to take place just outside the hall on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March from 10 am to 6 pm.


Hall 2 & 3  
Restaurants, Wines and Gastronomy. Apart from the many stands devoted to eating and drinking there will be "Hands on" culinary workshops led by chefs and participating visitors can take their creations home.  In Hall 2 fifteen different restaurants, each representing another country or a region of France, seat a total of 4,000 people at a time. Entertainment includes a "Chippendales Show" on Tuesday, March 26 to mark "women's day". On Monday, March 25 and Wednesday 27 March from 14 h to 18h, there will be a Tea Dance.


Hall 4 
Demonstrations, Household Comfort, Cars.  Crafts will be demonstrated and this includes hairdressing! Half of the hall will be devoted to motor vehicle stands.

 

Hall 5  Furniture and interiors. This 7,000m² area will house displays of  furnishings, interior decoration, art galleries, sofas, kitchens, bathrooms, indoor plants, furniture, staircases, interior design and lighting.


Hall 7 & 8 
Habitat.  Displays will include porches, doors, roofing, heating and renewable energy.


Hall 9
The Sports Village "Village des Jeux" welcomes participants!  Try gymnastics, fencing, roller, athletics, shooting, basketball, cycling, horse riding, judo, football etc and watch demonstrations from professionals. 


Hall 10A 
International Hall - Stands from twenty nations from five continents including  Korea, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Indonesia, Nepal, Poland, Madagascar, Kenya, Italy and Ireland - yes Ireland - because the city of Rennes has been twinned with Cork for the past thirty years!  The City of Cork will be putting on Irish dancing displays every day at 11 am, 2 pm and 530 pm. and on Friday there will be a performance at 8 pm


Hall 10B
 Invité d'honneur  Les Iles - Tahiti and the Caribbean are Guests of Honour this year.  Dancers from these localities will be parading through the halls and also putting on displays in the Hall itself.  If you fancy lemon chicken and bananas, Caribbean rum punch, coconut ice cream, lemongrass seafood gratin or spicy chicken are some of the  traditional dishes available in the restaurants in Hall 10B! 


Hall 11 
Gardens  There is an "island" theme here too as well as stands of  plants, bulbs, landscaped garden ideas, exterior materials, garden sheds, pergolas, natural pools, swimming pools and lawn equipment.  Florist's will also display their craft


Open air exhibition outside the halls Caravans, Chalets, Gazebos, swimming pools, quad biking!  There is a full size Circus tent where hour long free shows are held.  At weekends sessions are at 11.00 am, 14h 30 and 16.30 and on weekdays at 11 am and 14.30 pm.  On Friday there is an additional show at 20.30.  There will also be Fishing and Boating event.

 

Opening Hours:

10.00 to 19.00 each day and on Friday the exhibition is open up until 22.00.

 

Ticket prices

Adults 6 €
Children aged from 10 to18  4 € aged rom  3 to10 1 €
Children nder three free
If you go in before 12h during the working week priced reduced 2 €
Free entry for disabled people on presentation of proof

 

The Parc Expo is situated  just by the airport of Saint Jacques de Landes at Rennes. It is reached by taking the Redon turning from the dual carriage way going from St. Malo to Rennes. 

 

The 2012 Exhibition  April 2012

 

Held this year from 24 March to 1 April, La Foire Internationale de Rennes is a huge exhibition occupying the eleven halls of the Parc Expo next to the Rennes airport of Saint Jacques de Landes.  The show brings together exhibitors from the region, elsewhere in France and the world.  This year Belgium was guest of honour and provided with their own hall from where they tempted visitors with chocolate as well as other produce.  Belgium's presence was made further known by a team of Flemish traditional dancers who paraded through the exhibition halls.  With the theme of La route du cacao  (the cocoa road) chocolate was very much in evidence with the chance to watch students creating chocolate sculptures which were then judged. A fashion parade of chocolate themed gowns took place.  The Belgian restaurant Le Bistrot de Chimay" offered a range of traditional dishes which naturally included moules and frites (mussels and chips) and Belgian beer tasting.

 

The eleven huge halls and an outside area included displays of furniture, interior decoration, the usual gadgets found at exhibitions, garden furniture and accessories, paintings, camping, caravanning, gastronomy, clothing and footwear and livestock and even a circus tent. A huge hairdressing salon where stylists worked on their customer's hair was on view to the public!

Dance floor and stage

Entertainment included contemporary bands, classical musicians and Irish dancing as well as jugglers and of course the Belgian folk lore group. The huge dance floor in the food hall was made ready for both displays of dancing and initiation into the "Ginguette" - a traditional French dance

Lebanese restaurant

 

 

 

No need to go hungry when  it was possible to dine in any one of fifteen restaurants offering a total of 4,000 covers.  These represented different areas of France at home and overseas as well as elsewhere in the world.  The  Lebanese restaurant pictured above served a huge selection of dishes and sweets. The restaurant  from the Auvergne below was transformed into a tea shop in the afternoons.

Restaurant from the Auvergne

 

 

 

 

The restaurant area led on to the gastronomic food hall where a variety of gourmet produce was available to purchase or try!

Pool equipment

The garden and pool exhibits were most spectacular!  The huge  bubbles are designed for passengers!  Jacuzzis and hot tubs  were displayed alongside conservatories, saunas and state of the art pool equipment.  A range of static mobile homes were located in the  outside area of the fair.

 

 

 

 

 

Below Photos taken at the 2012 exhibition

 

Indoor barbecue with chimney

 

 

Stand

Village des Jeux

Young people and children were well catered for in the massive Village  de Jeux where they were able to use trampolines, and gym equipment. Twenty different sports were demonstrated with the opportunity for visitor participation.  These included roller skating and mountain biking over a course as well as athletics.
Pond

The hall set aside for agriculture offered activities such as milking cows. 

 

The lake on the left provided a temporary home for real swans and ducks who could be seen swimming happily, unperturbed by onlookers.