Thursday, March 4, 2010
NOTE: See my "Day 4 Barcelona Trip Review 2010" blog entry to read about my visit to Alimentaria Barcelona 2010 and see photos of the exhibits.
Alimentaria Barcelona 2010 is the biannual international food and beverage exhibition hosted in the Fira Barcelona exhibition hall in the Barcelona suburb of L'Hospitalet del Llobregat. The official dates are 22-26 March and yours truly, BarcelonaMan, expects to attend. Already bought my Madrid-Barcelona train ticket, in fact, and have Barcelona lodging for 4 of my 6 nights there.
With only 5 days of exhibition and literally thousands of exhibitors, it'll be impossible to visit them all so I'll prioritize, sticking to Spanish foods, wines, and olive oils. Mmmmm... Can't wait for the food and wine tastings! Let's hope my press pass will get me in for free.
And although I'll be getting in for free, general entry isn't expensive at all if already registered online - UNTIL TODAY. Funny how prices go up significantly when registering at the last minute. As I said, UNTIL TODAY, a 5-day ticket costs only 25 Euros if registered ONLINE. After today the 5-day price shoots up to 85 Euros. A big increase. A walk-up day-pass will cost 60 Euros. Wow.
Now I'm fearing something will happen when I show up and they won't have me on the press list. Would I be willing to pay 60 Euros per day for entry? Not likely. But at the very least I'm in Barcelona and 6 days to spend seeing the sights again, walking the Barrio Gótico, admiring the Barcelona architecture and buildings designed by the great Antonio Gaudi, taking photos, eating and drinking well, and hopefully taking a tour or two. So if all fails, at least I'm in cool Barcelona!
Barcelona Tourist information
Barcelona Lodging (don't wait 'til the last minute!)