Philosophy

‘Gastronomy is the knowledge and understanding of all that relates to man (sic) as he eats. Its purpose is to ensure the conservation of men, using the best food possible’

Brillat-Savarin


From Farm to Plate to Human Experiences
Gastronomy is about much more than good food. It is also about ensuring the production and quality of local food, supporting cultural traditions and festivals, highlighting food heritage and habits, as well as encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation in the design of new products based on traditional recipes so as to ensure their sustainability.

Europe provides the perfect example of the way in which culture and landscape shapes gastronomy and gastronomy in turn shapes culture.
Europe has an amazing variety of food cultures, traditional dishes, regional food products and culinary heritage. This diversity of food cultures is a major asset, but it also hints at how gastronomy can help to solve one of the major challenges facing the continent: bringing people together and allowing them to appreciate this diverse European heritage.

Food cultures generate much more than food, they also create unforgettable experiences of places and regions that stimulate people to visit them and to appreciate what local culture has to offer.

As the recent OECD report on Food Experiences and Tourism (2012) indicates, food experiences are rapidly becoming the basis for important newly-emerging creative and cultural industries. The importance of gastronomy as an area for the future economic development of regions is also underlined in the Global Report on Food Tourism from the UN World Tourism Organisation (2012).

Food experiences are an increasingly important part of experience tourism and culture and food are being interlinked in new and demanding ways. At the same time, food cultures around the world are a rich source of cultural, economic and social diversity.

 

The resilience of this important cultural and economic sector has become evident through the economic crisis.

 

Raising awareness of food issues is important at a time when there is growing concern about the origin of their food, with consumers demanding more locally-produced food and eager to discover the links between what they eat and the places which produced it. Food is therefore not just an essential means of sustenance, but also a support for local identity and culture, a link between rural regions and cities, and a tool for creation more cohesion between European people.

 

The close linkages between agriculture, food production and gastronomy make the sector a fruitful source of innovation. Some regions have placed themselves at the gastronomic leading edge of Europe through the innovative use of local foods to create innovative gastronomic experiences. Such developments in turn increase the quality and value of local produce, raising the incomes of those involved in agricultural production and also those whose livelihoods are linked to the countryside. Urban and rural areas also become more closely bound into regional innovation systems as the productive capacities of rural areas are linked to the creative consumption drivers of urban populations.

 

Food, gastronomy and hospitality are therefore also becoming increasingly important as sources of growth, competitive advantage, cultural identity and creative experiences for Europe’s regions. Regions play a key role in the gastronomic value chain, from agricultural food production to food processing, providing gastronomic experiences and hospitality in hotels and restaurants, and attracting visitors with regional gastronomy products.

 

  • AMBASSADORS

    Wassim Hallal

    Aarhus/Central Denmark Region 2017 will celebrate our widespread and innovative use of local ingredients.

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    Robert Palmer

    European Region of Gastronomy is a pioneering project of cultural and economic significance to all regions who participate.

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    Montserrat Garrido Romera

    Sant Pol de Mar is proud to share knowledge in raising the quality of culture and gastronomy offers.

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    Carme Ruscalleda

    Catalonia is committed to raising the quality of local cuisine and food products.

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    Francisco de Calheiros

    Minho IN aims to create synergies with other areas that share the same views on competitiveness and economic development.

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    Maurizio Zanella

    East Lombardy promotes food and wine tourism, with a particular attention to local cuisine and sustainable food production.

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    Dzintars Kristovskis

    Technology and cooking is so advanced that I feel the urge to go back to the roots. Riga-Gauja 2017 European Region of Gastronomy is going to be about that.

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    Joan Roca

    I congratulate this initiative that highlights the richness and diversity of European gastronomy, at the same time as valuing chefs for their role in ecology and sustainability.

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    Anton Rombouts

    North Brabant 2018 will highlight how agrifood industries are protecting food and culture diversity.

  • GALLERY

    1st Partner Meeting in North Brabant, April 2014

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    2nd Partner Meeting in Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia, June 2014

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    Information Day at Brussels during the Open Day October 2014

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    3rd Partner Meeting in Brussels, October 2014

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    Regions bidding for the title in 2016 present to an international jury at Palacete Villa Moraes, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, 5 February 2015

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    4th Partner Meeting in Minho, February 2015

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    5th Partner Meeting Catalonia, June 2015

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    Winning 2016 Regions Award Ceremony at the Pedrera, Barcelona, 2 July 2015

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    Regions bidding for the title in 2017 present to an international jury at the Fundació Alicia, Catalonia, 3 July 2015

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    Catalonia and Minho present their programmes for 2016 to SEDEC of the Committee of the Regions, 22 September 2015

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    Winning 2017 Regions Award Ceremony at ExpoMilan, supported by DG Growth of the European Commission, 29 September 2015

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    6th Partner Meeting Bergamo, 1 October 2015

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    Regions present their candidature for 2018

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    7th Partner Meeting in Noord-Brabant

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    Winning 2018 Regions Award Ceremony in Aarhus

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