From Montignac Model Boat show report in Model Boats magazine:
I was aware of a large table being set up at the front of the hall and shortly after the hall opened to the public at 10:00, we exhibitors were summoned for a small glass of the local honey wine and some locally baked biscuits. Quite a start to the show!
What an excellent idea. Some libations and a little sustenance for those who have been setting up and will man the stands during the event.
The report continues:
A typical French touch was that the show closed for lunch between 12:00 and 14:00.
Now that is a good idea. Imagine everyone being chucked out of Warley for a couple of hours so the exhibiters can get a bite to eat. 10,000 people head to the on-site 'spoons while those of us inside the barriers can have a stroll around the hall, chat and perhaps a bit more local drink (probably not honey wine in Birmingham)!
So civilised. I hope it catches on...