Sampling yummy Breton edible fare
The Village d'entreprises exhibits local produce

Photo Vincent Mouchel.

The good news is that the Village d'entreprises of festival fame is alive and kicking. After a few doubting moments, its organisers are heaving a sigh of relief, and with its new festival position (in the Place Laennec) it's a prime site for visitors. Those who missed it missed an opportunity...

This is the second year for the Village d'entreprise, and it augres well. Lift the canvas tent doors, and it is quite obvious that business here is booming. In the city centre the Village's audience is ready and waiting, and entry is free!

This year, anyone visiting the Village is immediately on entry assailed by the Breton savoir-faire in all things alimentary. Coreff beer, andouille from Saint-Evarzec, conserves from Concarneau, and Muscadet from the Loire-Atlantique. "I think that last year it was the positioning of the fair that didn't help - the Place de la Résistance is not so well-known, and people tended to arrive in the evening when we were closed" recalls Patrick Courtin, the Concarneau conserve producer.

Jacques Barré (the only non-Finisterian company among exhibitors, making Val de Rance cider) came from the Loire-Atlantique with his muscadet. He was there last year too. "Yes this is a great site. We'll easily beat last year's numbers."

Le Glazik couldn't cut their cakes up fast enough : " We are here above all to get visibility for our product range" explained a member of the sales team. "Sales here are of secondary importance". Jean-Francois Furic makes canapés with sea-food, and is enjoying a similar success. Customers will remember this moment much later when they spot these product on the shelves.

There are also fabrics from Le Villec, and pottery from Henriot decorating the various stands. Patrick Saille (from I Comme) rubs his hands with glee: it is his company who had the job of making the Village a success, and he has seemingly carried off what might have been a risky challenge. "Our initial researches show that the number of visitors is well up on last year." On Wednesday between 10.00 am and 15.00 pm there were 4,000 visitors - it looks as though the Village d'entreprises has a sunny future!

For further details of companies exhibiting,
see the Bagadoo Internet site  :

Arvor textiles Courtin conserves Pelleter andouilles Hermine jewellery and plate Penhors beer Coïc coffee Le Glazik biscuits Jeean-Francois Furic sea-food Francois Le Villec H-B Henriot pottery biscuits from the Pointe du Raz Coreff beer Val de Rance cider Domaine d'Alouette and Quimper-Cornouaille Chamber of Commerce Muscadet Keltia music Medium-sized towns network Danvez association Ti Ar Vro Sodecom Bas Progrès de Cornouaille "I comme..." An Tour Tan.


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