Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo
This Sunday, the 19th of January, Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo – opens at the RDS. Located just minutes from Ariel House, the RDS is a convention and Exhibition Centre steeped in History and character.
Showcase is a trade show and while not open to the public, it is an important show for all types of craft companies throughout Ireland to exhibit their products to retailers both here in Ireland and internationally.
There are over 400 Irish exhibitors at this show and it is a key show for retailers worldwide to see what new products are on the market. This year, they also have a dedicated food section at the show with food exhibitors ranging from confectionary and chocolates to Irish salmon, crisps, chutneys and jams and much more. Fashion has become an even bigger section in this show and now they are even having fashion shows highlighting Irish design. Jewelry companies are growing as well and buyers can expect to see a lot more products on offer this year. A large portion of the show highlights home and gift items from pottery and glassware to textiles and stationery.
What does this mean to you the consumer? It means that in a short time – a few weeks to a few months (depending on how long it takes the companies to get the new ranges to market) – you’ll see these great Irish products rolling out in a retailer near you. Many of them sell throughout the island of Ireland but you’ll also find many of them finding their way to retailers throughout Europe and the United States.
Nicholas Mosse Pottery (www.nicholasmosse.com) is one of the companies that will be exhibiting at Showcase and as you’ve heard us mention before, and those of us who have stayed with us know, that their products adorn our breakfast buffet t able. We use not only their Old Rose pattern but also a newer pattern called Clover that we find also has mass appeal.
Many of the exhibitors at the show stay with us at Ariel House for the exhibition and we have become a real home from home for them over the years and because we are so conveniently located to the RDS.
To find out more about the show – please visit - http://www.showcaseireland.com/about/people. Even if you cannot attend you might be interested to see the range of Irish products available in their exhibitor list.
If you are visiting Dublin in January and would like to visit some retailers that stock a wide range of Irish products we recommend The Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street (across from Trinity College) – http://www.kilkennyshop.com and Arnott’s Department Store, also has a dedicated Irish Crafts area – http://www.arnotts.ie