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spoga+gafa 2024: These event highlights await visitors

As the biggest garden and BBQ trade fair in the world, spoga+gafa is bringing the global green industry together in Cologne from 16 to 18 June 2024 under the top theme "Responsible Gardens".

In a few weeks' time, around 1,850 exhibitors from nearly 60 countries will present the entire diversity of garden and BBQ products at spoga+gafa in Cologne. The event program and the special zones with lectures, practical formats, theme-based guided tours of the trade fair, and several industry parties promise to be exciting.

The Garden Café Forum (Hall 6, E19/D18) is the central stage for interviews, lectures, and talks, held in close cooperation with TASPO and the TASPO Gartenmarkt. Industry experts will address the current themes of the global garden and BBQ industry here.

Special areas
On the Boulevard of Ideas, trade visitors gain a compact overview of the new products from all exhibition sections. The trend highlights for outdoor living are presented in the Outdoor Lifestyle Trend Show exhibition, with the top theme "Responsible Gardens" forming the content.

The POS Green Solution Islands show concrete examples of applications for the point of sale, based on examples of best practices from the international specialized garden trade. They also focus on the responsible approach to resources, the integration of different generations, location-suitable plants, as well as nutrient and waste recycling.

In the Outdoor Kitchen World special area, manufacturers present the latest outdoor kitchens with all the trappings. The show kitchen is the centrepiece, where grill masters will demonstrate their skills and the trends shaping the market in different BBQ shows. This year, among others, Diva Q from the USA will be behind the grill every day of the trade fair. The grill and BBQ digital creator, Camillo Tomanek, will also be demonstrating his expertise in the OKW. Furthermore, two master butchers will be making their way to Cologne, and alternative meat products can also be tested and sampled in Hall 8.

Theme-based tours of the fair
Participants will see spoga+gafa through different eyes if they take part in the 45-minute guided tours through the exhibition halls and around the POS Green Solution Islands. During the Guided Tours "Responsible Gardens" and "Outdoor Furniture and Decoration Trends 2024/2025," experts will give exclusive insights into innovative products and trends.

Industry events
VDG Award of the Specialized Garden Centres followed by the VDG Happy Hour
The VDG is once again presenting itself to the industry at spoga+gafa. On the first day of the trade fair, the association will confer an award to the first Specialized Garden Centres. The Happy Hour of the Garden Centres begins straight after the award, allowing for in-depth exchange and the establishment of new contacts. Sunday, 16.06.2024, from 4:45 p.m. at the stand of the VDG (Boulevard 010)

6 o'clock Prime BBQ Night
Bringing the first day of the trade fair to a joint close in a relaxed atmosphere against the backdrop of the Rhine and the Cologne Cathedral, accompanied by a buffet including BBQ specialities. Sunday, 16.06.2024, from 6:00 p.m., Rheinterrassen Ticket required.

IVG Garden Party
The Garden Industry Association e.V. (IVG) traditionally organizes the IVG Garden Party on the second evening of the trade fair, bringing the day at the fair to a joint close and facilitating relaxed networking. Monday, 17.06.2024, 5:30 p.m., at the stand of the IVG (Hall 6)

BHB Garden Summit
The BHB is inviting guests to the learning and networking event of the green industry again: a compact half-day program followed by a gourmet BBQ. Tuesday, 18.06.2023, 2:00 p.m., Congress Centre North It is necessary to register in advance.

Broadcast of EURO 2024 games
On 16 and 17 June, spoga+gafa will be broadcasting the EURO 2024 games live on the Piazza in the spoga+gafa Beer Garden. The Beer Garden will stay open until 8:00 p.m. on these days for the live broadcast. There is a limited number of places, and it is not possible to make reservations.

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