Feria Valencia presents the most avant-garde kitchens of the moment in the third edition of Espacio Cocina SICI

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Feria Valencia presents the most avant-garde kitchens of the moment in the third edition of Espacio Cocina SICI
Feria Valencia presents the most avant-garde kitchens of the moment in the third edition of Espacio Cocina SICI

Next week, eminent chefs including Karlos Arguiñano, Begoña Rodrigo, Diego Ferrer and Jacob Torreblanca will be putting the latest innovations in kitchen furniture and fittings from some 112 international manufacturers and brands through their paces at the Espacio Cocina SICI show

Next week, from 28th January to 1st February, Feria Valencia will be the setting for Espacio Cocina SICI, the Kitchen Furniture and Equipment Fair. This will be the third edition of the fair, which is becoming firmly established as Spain's only platform for this many-faceted sector of industry. Running alongside Cevisama, with which it shares the same visitor profile, the event will be showcasing products from 112 manufacturers and brands, mostly from Spain but also from countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the USA. One of the new models that will be presented at Espacio Cocina - SICI 2019

Occupying more than 18,000 square metres of exhibition space between them in Feria Valencia's Hall N3P6, these companies will all be showing their latest advances in the design of every item of kitchen equipment, from furniture to electrical appliances, worktops, sinks, taps, lighting, kitchenware and software. These are sectors that are strong on innovation and are still enjoying a surge of optimism, with output 20% up and exports 6% up in the last year, according to official statistics release by trade association AMC.

In a show of this particular strength, the exhibitors at Espacio Cocina SICI will be showcasing new kitchen concepts that include materials such as steel, stone and wood and are an integral part of the living room, to signature kitchens that are the result of collaborations between architects such as Teresa Sapey and television chef Diego Ferrer. Also on show at the fair will be granite sinks, vintage style stainless steel taps, worktops made from new materials such as large format sintered ceramic tiles and new high gloss finishes. Innovations in more ‘mundane’ products will also be very much in evidence, such as extractors integrated in to the surface of the hob and oven doors that conceal themselves in the appliance. One of the new models that will be presented at Espacio Cocina - SICI 2019

All of this will be on view to a trade-only audience (retailers, interior designers, installers and specifiers), not just on the exhibitors’ stands but also in a packed programme of cooking demonstrations, presentations and other events involving celebrity chefs such as TV chef Karlos Arguiñano, Diego Ferrer himself, Valencia's Begoña Rodrigo and Jacob Torreblanca of the Torreblanca dynasty of pâtissiers.

The fair has also arranged a series of technical seminars dedicated to different specialist areas such as the contract sector, construction, retailing and new technological platforms. It has also organised a session with interior design and decorating schools that have a particular interest in kitchen design. There will also be a special focus on worktops with the First Marble Craftsmen's Forum set to take place, the launch of competitions organized by specialist manufacturers Neolith and Cosentino, and the prestigious Cocinas y Baños magazine's Design Prizes. One of the new models that will be presented at Espacio Cocina - SICI 2019

Something for the general public too

These will not be the only new features of this edition of Espacio Cocina SICI. As part of its strategy of building a relationship with consumers, the fair has launched an initiative styled ‘Valencia Kitchen Week’ to highlight the great strides the Spanish kitchen furniture and equipment industry has made in the last few years.

The initiative involves the fair opening to the general public on Friday 1st February, the last day of the fair, to give consumers the opportunity to see at first hand all the new products being introduced by the exhibitors and that will soon be available in shops and through official distributors. The fair has also put together a packed programme of cooking demonstrations that will be given over the course of the day by chefs including the popular presenter of Operación Triunfo, Roberto Leal, and Junior Master Chef contestant, ‘Miguelito’.Showcooking during Espacio Cocina - SICI 2017

As entrepreneur Juan Luis Salvador, president of the fair and of the industry's trade association in Spain, points out, the aim is “to showcase our industry, because the kitchens have a dual significance in Spain: they play a part in our lifestyle and, with manufacturers turning over an estimated 900 million euros a year, they also have an impact as a sector of the economy.” In light of this, he adds, “AMC is committed to events like Espacio Cocina SICI giving visibility to the design and quality of Spanish kitchens, which are on a level with Spanish gastronomy and chefs, as the association's new claim ‘Great home cooking’ implies.

The fair opens its doors next Monday until Friday, from 09.00 to 18.00 except for Friday when it shuts at 20.00. The fair is trade only and visitors can register, free of charge, via the website. The general public will be permitted entry on Friday, with tickets available for purchase at the ticket desks in the North Forum.

Check the updated programme of events at: ESPACIO COCINA - SICI 2019 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Source: Feria Valencia
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