70 countries are participating. its been going on for 78 years. They are 4800 accredited journalists worldwide. 400,000 visitors are estimated in a single week. It develops in 115,000 square meters. Exhibits about 2,000 producers of all kinds. It is expected to be visited by all the ministers of agriculture of all participating nations.
It´s the Green Week in Berlin 2013 edition that takes place between the 18 and 27 of January. The Netherlands is the special guest for this edition.
In the beginning, back in the early twenties of the last century, Green Week was simply a local agricultural fair, as so many were being held and are held in different parts of the planet. Farmers came near Berlin to present their products with a clear commercial intent. The fair, as was common then, was only for professionals.
The fruit farmer trying to close a deal with the manufacturer of jams, the butcher butchering and intrepid inventors of primitive machines for field engineering seeking investors to take patents or models.
This agricultural fair has its amusing anecdotes to be “read” in the particular historical context in which it arose: at the beginning of capitalism, that is, when it had blind faith in the possibilities of development of art and economy. Today the issue is, as we all know, another story.
Green Week in Berlin
Nobody knows how it happened, but the Berlin Green Week surpassed all expectations. It started to be public, hungry gourmets in search of products or wonderful news (weight record breaking pumpkins, giant greens ans so forth). Visitors were increasing year after year. Sales rose not only because farmers were trying to close business dealsl but because participants also tried to sell, promote and publicize the products to the final consumer.
Green Week was growing and after World War II, it was, like many other events, suspended for obvious reasons, it did not reach the popularity it has today. Some people suggest that hunger and famine led to the Berliners to see Green Week as a kind of unattainable paradise. Some exhibitors, in the absence of food, exhibited cardboard animals and plants. But the fair continued and the spell had its effect, for Green Week reached a record of visitors and Berlin could leave behind the post-war shortages.
Today it is an international event with participating exhibitors from over 70 countries on five continents. Each brings their products, usually quality gourmet food with designation of origin or just normal products that are trying to break through to new markets. Here is the link of the event which will give due consideration to all the news: http://www.gruenewoche.de/
And if you are a journalist, gourmet, or merely curious farmer the best idea is to rent Berlin apartments during Green Week so you can enjoy it at its fullest