between commerce and family stroll

between commerce and family stroll
between commerce and family stroll

It is past midday under the awning of the Guillot stand. Pascal welcomes another exhibitor, the Frédéric Laissus winegrowers: “Will you have a drink?” » Beaujolais bubbles are served while, with a gesture, father and son Guillot invited a couple of customers to join them, as well as a neighboring stand. It’s time for informal exchanges. “Customer is not just a listing, explains Pascal Guillot. You have to talk with them. »

So he chose the Châteauroux Fair, with a stand of considerable size: 600 m2. “It’s our business card. Here, we can show everything we have because customers find that the store is too tight. » The family business is located in the town center of Villedieu-sur-Indre and plans to create a new store in Cap Sud in Saint-Maur.

But the Fair-Exhibition remains a must for them as for the operation of Frédéric Laissus, whose father runs the stand. “We’ve been here since 1992”, explains the latter. He has his loyal customers who order from him, from one show to another since this Beaujolais winemaker is also present at the Salon de la Gastronomie. “We also come back because we need to renew our customers, so we organize tastings. »

“It’s our own little moment”

Confectionery or regional charcuterie stands are scattered everywhere between the two exhibition halls. “Snacks” that attract Guillaume and Sabrina: “It’s sometimes an opportunity to find out when we have projects around the house. Here, this is not the case. »

Same desire among this family encountered at the end of the morning. “It’s our little moment, we come before there are too many people”, explains the mother. Samuel, on the Châteauroux Métropole stand, also came out of curiosity, without really having a stated objective. “It’s good to have a place like this where you can see all the traders from Indre. And then it brings the city to life. »

For others, the goals are more focused. “We are in two groups. There are some people there who are choosing the window handles on the outsideexplains Martine de Rivarennes, who came with her family with Mathilde. At the moment, our two children are settling in so we come to see everything related to the house. » And once the parts of the structural work have been determined, “I will take over for the decor”explains Mathilde.

At the Châteauroux Fair-Exhibition, the strolling public interests Sabrina Cerensky, who educates young and old to eat fresh fruit and vegetables as part of the inter-professional organization of producers.
© (Photo NR, Aziliz Le Berre)

“Play on the five senses”

A rather curious audience who comes without stress, which interests Sabrina Cerensky, dietitian. She runs the fresh fruit and vegetable stand of the interprofessional organization Interfel. “We must be among the few who have nothing to sell”, concedes the latter. Its sole objective: to raise awareness among families and encourage them to consume more fruits and vegetables.

“We try to play on the five senses: scent shakers, guessing a vegetable by touch…” Games that attract children “and it also helps interest parents”. The final objective of the Fair-Exhibition: an audience who comes out of simple curiosity and often leaves with their arms full.

In the program

> Châteauroux fair and exhibition, from May 15 to 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Belle-Isle exhibition center. Free admission.

> Restaurant village. With meals animated with music.

> Sunday May 19. “Pan’n’co”, a sunny, dancing and festive show which invites you on a journey to the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Bird feeder construction workshop from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Leroy Merlin stand. Cello concert from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Espace Italia. Acoustic concert by Fabrice Guillot and David Kasmarecq, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Before-After brasserie. Choreographic and participatory dance proposed by Jean-Marc Généreux starting at 16h. Created especially for Châteauroux, for the Olympic Games. Meet the artist during the signing session which will close this day.

> From May 15 to 20. Magic showcase (it’s up to you to estimate the right price of the showcase to try to win it). Exhibitions: “The 100 optical illusions” by Karl the Magician; “Origami” by Tetsuya Gotani, Japanese artist. Introductory origami workshops offered at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Barbillat-Touraine room.

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