Posted by: viewfromtheriva | February 4, 2016

GAST is a gas and a whole lot more!


Spaladium Arena main floor filled with exhibit booths from vendors selling to hotels, restaurants and cafes

Spaladium Arena main floor filled with exhibit booths from vendors selling to hotels, restaurants and cafes

Every year a trade fair for the HoReCa industry (hotels, restaurants and cafes) is held in Split, called GAST, as in gastronomy I always assumed.  Normally the event is held at Zjnan Beach under giant connected tents. But wind storms and sometimes nasty weather over the years have finally taken their toll and this year the organizers decided to take the show indoors.

lots of industrial strength gear for serious restaurants--but boy wouldn't this be great at home?!

lots of industrial strength gear for serious restaurants–but boy wouldn’t this be great at home?!

The tourist board and exhibitors pass out tons of free tickets, but it only costs 30kn to get in (about $4.50), so we go every year because it’s  fun to see all the high and low tech stuff on display as well as a LOT of food booths selling delicacies, wine, ice cream and more.  The free samples are definitely worth a lunch–especially the wine and hand cut prsut!

what cafe doesn't need a good mop?

what cafe doesn’t need a good mop?

There are big booths on the main floor and then upstairs, all around are smaller booths–so it’s easy to spend a couple of hours just gawking at all everything from unique tables made out of railroad ties and actual rails to electronic tablets with full menus and photos that you can “click” to order.

Great displays of indoor and outdoor furniture, pots, pans, cutlery and more!

Great displays of indoor and outdoor furniture, pots, pans, cutlery and more!

It’s hard not to be impressed with the sheer variety of stuff that HoReCa businesses need–and here in Croatia, with very little industrial output, it seems that every second business is HoReCa!

Olive wood trays, utensils and more, made in Croatia!

Olive wood trays, utensils and more, made in Croatia!

Although a lot of booths feature products made in other countries, a surprising number are small businesses whose casters, decking, furniture, software, wine and delicacies of course, are made right here.

The GAST event runs through tomorrow–so if you want to see what’s new in “hospitality” and enjoy some free goodies to boot, check our GAST!

 

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