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Spring celebration fairs are around the corner – third weekend in March

This year the popular spring fairs with the longest tradition in Slovenia will fill the entire showground

 On the third weekend in March (17th and 18th March), Celje Showground will host a number of spring fairs. The entire Showground will be occupied, as it will host the 23rd Flora Show, 17th Wedding Show, 14th Altermed , 41st Apislovenia, 3rd Kulinart Food and Drink Festival and 3rd Coffee Festival Slovenia at the same time. Over 480 exhibitors from Slovenia and abroad will present their offer at the spring fairs, which will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

An important novelty this year is that the visitors will receive two tasting coupons when they purchase their ticket. The free coupons can be used to taste healthy, home-made culinary delicacies or enjoy a delicious cup of superb coffee in Exhibition Hall C. The four fairs and two festivals will include excellent deals for purchasing gardening products, demonstrations of new trends, plenty of ideas for a healthy, vibrant and balanced way of life, direct contact with the greatest masters of healthy living and numerous opportunities to taste healthy culinary delicacies and delicious kinds of coffee.

At Celje Fair they emphasise that the four fairs and two festivals will include a truly abundant exhibition programme with side events, which will offer numerous opportunities for visitors to enjoy an active and exciting weekend. They are certain that in the expanded version of their spring fairs, practically everyone can find something for themselves.

Visit FLORA to get the best local seeds and seedlings

Exhibitors at the Flora Show are promising bargain prices for the best seeds, seedlings and herbs, fruit and ornamental trees, perennial and annual plants, eco vegetable seedlings and eco herbs. The abundant exhibition offer of the Flora Show, which will also include gardening tools and equipment, pots, planters and decorative containers, soil, substrates, mineral and organic fertilisers and plant protection products, will be supplemented by workshops, lectures and counselling for the professional and amateur public. Among other things, visitors will learn about caring for orchids, edible plants and flowers for balconies, practical solutions for decorative gardens and new trends in gardening. Sanja Lončar from the Ognjič Association will explain how to grow plants all year round despite the increasingly unstable weather conditions.

Exhibitions of works from the competition of young florists, gardeners and designers will also be a real feast for the eyes. A novelty of this year’s Flora Show is a demonstration of a gardeners’ market, prepared by the Professional Gardening Company Economic Interest Grouping (GIZ profesionalna vrtnarska družba).

At this year’s WEDDING – outlets for an even less expensive wedding attire  

At the Wedding Show, future newlyweds will find top wedding trends, haute couture creations on the runway, exclusive bargains – even outlet sales – and ideas and suggestions for the perfect wedding day. Over 45 wedding service providers will help you make your wedding day unforgettable. And an important novelty of this year’s show – future newlyweds can visit it free of charge! Celje Fair will give away free tickets for the show to the first 1500 couples that will apply.

Already for the eight year in a row, the Wedding Show will host a grand promotional exhibition of wedding bouquets made by Slovenian florists. Visitors will feast their eyes on the two fantasy wedding dress fashion shows presented by Glammodels. This year, male and female models – including the current Miss Slovenia Maja Zupan – will blend in with the crowd so the visitors can see the creations from up close.

100 lectures and presentations at ALTERMED

The ALTERMED fair will feature almost 100 lectures and presentations by top masters of healthy lifestyle. If you want to learn about new healing techniques, healthy cooking and superfoods for your well-being and vitality, Altermed is where you need to be.

In various lectures, experts from the Ognjič Association will explain how to maintain a healthy brain and how to care for it, what are the healing powers of spices for children and how to grow and use quality herbs. They will also discuss hemp and explain why it is necessary to change our attitude towards this plant. The “Pest” Human Rights Society will prepare a meeting and discussion with Rick Simpson, who believes that cannabis is a right given to us by nature. The Konopko Cooperative will talk about construction using industrial hemp. They will present the first Slovenian house built using the hempcrete injection technology and, together with their partners, prepare a round table on how to take advantage of the potentials of hemp in Slovenia.

Within the scope of the traditional presentation of Eco-Schools at Altermed, children and youths will cook in the demo kitchen. 97 institutions will present themselves in the international Eco-School programme. The main topic of this year’s presentation is responsible treatment of food and local food production. Emilija Pavlič will talk about an ecological manner of cooking and baking, which is also suitable for children, and the members of the Slovenian Vegan Society will cook vegan meals and show visitors how simple it is to live on a plant-based diet. At the demo kitchen, members of the Ognjič Association will present three superfoods for better brain function and the healing powers of spices for children. We will also meet the winner of the “Healthiest Slovenian Food Blog” competition.

41st ApiSlovenia, prepared by Celje Fair in cooperation with the Beekeepers’ Association of Slovenia, has a new partner country this year – Hungary. The fair will include a presentation of best beekeeping practices and ecological beekeeping as well as a wide range of beekeeping equipment, honey and honey products. Visitors will meet various innovators, and the fair will also include an exhibition of photographs from the 2018 International Beekeeping Photography Competition, organised by the Beekeepers’ Association of Slovenia. This year’s novelties include presentations of Slovenian municipalities in the fields of apitourism, apitherapy and other activities from the field of beekeeping.

Culinary delicacies with a delicious cup of coffee

3rd KULINART Festival of Food and Drink brings a diverse offer of Slovenian and international cuisine. It will feature suppliers of locally produced and home-made products, wineries, breweries and farms from all over Slovenia. Visitors can choose among various meat products, oils, burgers and chili products. There will also be a wide range of wines, beers, juices and Slovenian and foreign liquors, including Brodka, a liquor distilled from bread waste. Martin Kržič from the Žganjekuha Kržič distillery says that Brodka is the answer to the social problem of wasted food – we discard as much as one third of the food we produce.

The 3rd COFFEE FESTIVAL SLOVENIA, the central coffee event in Slovenia, is the place to be for all coffee professionals and enthusiasts. The festival will include a wide selection of different kinds and brands of coffee and the best equipment for professional use and home preparation of coffee. Visitors will be able to witness coffee roasting in person, taste coffees from different coffee growing regions of the world and learn about latte art, different techniques of preparation of coffee at home and in restaurants, and everything they need to know about cleaning and proper use of coffee machines.