For the last three days, Madrid has been the focus of international gastronomy. Ferran Adrià opened the congress with the presentation to the world of elBulli1846, his new venture in Cala Montjoi, and was the first of the 122 speakers, all of them important figures on the Spanish and international gastronomic scene, who have appeared on the different stages of #REALEMF19.
With the record number of 2,090 accredited delegates, which represents an increase of 10% over the previous year, the congress continues its upward trend. This increase is also mirrored in both the number of visitors, at 13,122, and of accredited journalists, at 843. The exhibiting companies continue to trust in #REALEMF as the best showcase for their products and the number of 200 exhibitors has been maintained, which is the maximum possible within the exhibition area of the Palacio de Congresos. The Madrid gastronomic summit has also generated considerable interest online, with 318,840 page views during the first three days.
With these very positive results, the seventeenth #REALEMF19 has been brought to a close. Another internationally renowned figure, Josep Roca (El Celler de Can Roca), has been responsible for providing a special end to the event: a dialogue between the wine of Jerez (sherry) and flamenco. Josep Roca and guitarist Diego del Morao have added the final touch to a congress that will return with more new developments and exciting proposals in 2020. We look forward to seeing you.