The Foire Internationale de Rennes
will be held from 23rd March to 1st April
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.
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.
Comfort, Cars. Crafts
will be demonstrated and this includes hairdressing! Half of the hall
will be devoted to motor vehicle stands.
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
Displays will include porches, doors, roofing, heating and renewable
Hall 9 The
Sports Village "Village des Jeux"
Try gymnastics, fencing, roller, athletics, shooting, basketball,
cycling, horse riding, judo, football etc and watch demonstrations from
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!
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
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.
10.00 to 19.00
each day and on Friday the exhibition is open up until 22.00.
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
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!
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
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.
area led on to the gastronomic food hall where a variety of
gourmet produce was available to purchase or try!
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
Below Photos taken at
the 2012 exhibition
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
included roller skating and mountain biking over a course as
well as athletics.
The hall set
aside for agriculture offered activities such as
The lake on the
left provided a temporary home for real swans and ducks who
seen swimming happily, unperturbed