Montréal Wine and Spirits Show draws record-breaking crowd



    MONTREAL, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The 8th Montréal and Wine and Spirits
Show, held from March 27th to 30th at Palais des congrès de Montréal, proved
an unprecedented success! This clearly popular biennial event drew a record
-breaking crowd of some 20 000 visitors, an increase of close to 10% over the
2006 attendance figure of 18 200.
    "We are extremely proud of this year's results which speak volumes about
ever growing Québecer appreciation of wines and spirits. In addition, the Show
further substantiates Montréal's reputation in international wine and culinary
circles," underscored Bernard Chevarie, President of Association québécoise
des agences de vins, bières et spiritueux (AQAVBS).
    Visitors - amateurs and connoisseurs alike - flocked to the 8th edition
of the Show by the thousands where they enjoyed a unique opportunity to meet
with the 230 producers, vintners, distillers and brewers from around the world
keen to share their passion for what they do. "The relaxed, informal tone of
the Show fosters exchange between visitors and professionals, and encourages
attendees to take their time and explore what producers have on offer,"
Mr Chevarie went on to add. "This year's program, which included a total of a
hundred different conferences, proved exceptionally popular with visitors
eager to enhance their knowledge of the generous world of wines and spirits."

    The next edition of the Montréal Wine and Spirits Show is scheduled for
the spring of 2010 at Palais des congrès de Montréal. SEE YOU THERE!
    The Montréal Wine and Spirits Show is presented by Association québécoise
des agences de vins, bières et spiritueux (AQAVBS) and principal partner
Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).

    About AQAVBS

    Founded in 1969, Association québécoise des agences de vins, bières et
spiritueux (AQAVBS) is a non-profit organization which groups together a total
of 80 members, including 61 agents representing suppliers from producing
nations around the world.




For further information:

For further information: Luce Davidson, Public Relations, (514)
484-2082, luced@sympatico.ca; Source: Association québécoise des agences de
vins, bières et spiritueux

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