This is the central event for the agricultural sector in Luxembourg: the Agricultural Fair Ettelbrück (Foire agricole Ettelbrück, FAE) attracts many visitors every year, from all parts of the country. And you don't need to be a farmer to spend some quality time at the FAE, which takes place from 1 to 3 July 2016 in Ettelbrück, the 'capital' of the Oesling.
On 7.5 hectares, 330 exhibitors are present with information for a professional public, just as for consumers and curious people.
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., a number of events for young and old are going to take place. This year, the program is centered around horses, especially around the Haflinger breed due to the 35th anniversary of the Haflinger Club. Other anniversaries are celebrated this year:
- The 5th anniversary of "Fair Mëllech" (fair milk),
- The 25th anniversary of the LEADER initiative,
- The 25th anniversary of the Crémant de Luxembourg,
- The 50th anniversary of O.P.V.I – independent winemakers and, finally,
- The 50th anniversary of the Vinsmoselle cooperative.
Competitions, exhibitions and many animals, farm machinery, ... fun for children, nature lovers and all those who want to enjoy a day outdoors in a jovial and relaxed atmosphere. Luxembourg's producers are happy to offer you excellent culinary products and serve you regional and 'Fair Trade' dishes and products.
Entry is free for children under 16 and classes accompanied by their teacher. Although several parking lots and shuttle services are available, it should be noted that the city of Ettelbrück is well connected to the national network of public transport and therefore easily accessible by bus and train. Special arrangements and support are in place to host disabled guests.
Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of agriculture and enjoy an unforgettable day with your family and friends at the FAE 2016!
A stable sector in the Luxembourg economy
Agriculture's contribution to the national economy has been stable in recent years, but at a very low level. Whereas in 1947 43.7% of the population of the Grand Duchy worked in the primary sector (agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing), the figure has dropped considerably since, falling to 3.61% in 2001. Today, the number of farms and jobs in farming (1% of total employment in 2012) is declining, although the total area used for agricultural purposes remains more or less stable. Organic production is increasing (120 producers in 2013), albeit slowly. Demand for organic products continues to rise, however, in both specialist shops and supermarkets.
So, let's meet up at the FAE, starting this Friday!
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)