On Sunday, 25 February the Zagreb Fair saw the closing of the Zagreb Boat show, the jubilee 10th Hotel&Gastroteh and Olive Festival.
Starting on Wednesday, 21 February, a total of 455 exhibitors from 25 countries participated at 19,000 sqm.
This year’s Zagreb Boat Show was the largest in this decade. It recorded an increase of 10% in the exhibition segment and 8% in the number of displayed vessels as compared to the last edition. 24 Croatian and 2 world premiere vessels were displayed.
The fairs attracted 22,223 visitors.
“In addition to indicators of a growing internationalization i.e. of the number of represented countries that has been the focus of our work since 2016, it is important to highlight the increase of the exhibition space per exhibitor as a realistic indicator of the recovery of both nautical and tourist markets. The growth of trade fairs always indicates a growth of related industries and at the same time confirms that by acting and increasing the quality level of services that we provide as the organizer we were able to restore the trust of exhibitors and visitors; moreover by induced income and multiplier effects of trade fair activities we have enabled further growth of business tourism and of the overall economy of the city of Zagreb", said Mrs. Dina Tomšić, Zagreb Fair Director, at the official opening.
In the action for autistic children called HOLDING BREATH, Mr. Budimir Šobat Buda, a diver from the Underwater Sports Club Zagreb, did something unthinkable for many, something unrivalled so far in the world – he held his breath for 24 minutes and 11 seconds in the static apnea event.
As a father to an autistic girl Saša, Mr. Šobat was motivated to give his own contribution to raising awareness of autism.
MAINARDI PIZZA CUP AND CRO TOP 10
Within the scope of the fair Hotel&Gastroteh the Mainardi Pizza Cup, a traditional competition for the best Croatian pizza masters took place.
The main prize was paid registration fee for the World Championships in Parma and Naples and the winners are: Edo Osmić, Anthony Faraguna and Ivana Pinter.
CRO TOP 10 is a traditional culinary competition taking place at the Zagreb Fair within the scope of the fair Hotel&Gastroteh for a number of years.
This year’s championship was special because it was at the same time a qualifying competition for Bocuse d'Or, the most prestigious culinary championship in the world.
The winner is Zlatko Novak, a chef from Bedem restaurant in Varaždin. Despite a strong competition he succeeded in defending the last year’s title.
Within the same term from Friday to Sunday the Olive Festival took place.
This event has become the traditional annual winter gathering of Zagreb citizens with olive and olive growers and an excellent opportunity for gathering the best olive growers from Croatia and the neighboring countries to present their best oils. Dozens of best-rated Croatian olive oil types were offered for tasting at the Festival.