Since its creation in 1964, the International Agricultural Show has become the biggest agricultural event in France. With over 1,000 exhibitors from forty or so countries and 3,000 animals on display, the show is a real showcase for agriculture in all its diversity. Each year, for 9 days, around 700,000 visitors wander the avenues of Porte de Versailles, enjoying the daily activities.
The International Agricultural Show consists of 4 areas: livestock farming and its related industries, with the finest animals from 360 breeds on display; gastronomic products from France and elsewhere, for a walk through the heart of French culinary tradition and a chance to discover new flavours in the “agricultures and delicacies of the world"; cultivation and the plant industries, to find out all about the main crops, cereals, wood, plants and flowers; and the agricultural services and trades, for a chance to learn more about training and career opportunities in the sector.
The General Agricultural Competition also takes place at the show. It selects and rewards France’s best products and wines, as well as the best breeding animals. Every year, around 2,000 livestock farmers and producers attending the International Agricultural Show take part.