2017 Awards and 2016 Programmes announced during EC’s Food Tourism Week at Expo Milan


On the 29 September, the European Region of Gastronomy 2017 Award Ceremony and European Region of Gastronomy 2016 Programmes were announced at Palazzo delle Stelline where Silvia Draghi, DG Growth EC Food Week gave an opening address to the audience followed by a presentation by Dr Diane Dodd, Executive Director of IGCAT, on the European Regions of Gastronomy Platform and Award.

The Programmes of the European Region of Gastronomy Award were unveiled by Francisco de Calheiros for the Minho region and Patrick Torrent, Executive Director of the Catalan Tourist Board and Mirea Media Sala, Deputy Director of Catalan Department of Industry and Agribusiness Quality for Catalonia.

The title for the European Region of Gastronomy 2017 was awarded to Central Denmark Region for their proposal ‘Rethinking – Good Food’, Riga- Gauja for ‘Food is Culture – Wild at palate’ and Lombardy for ‘A taste of Italy’. The Awards were presented to partners from each region by Professor Dr. Jordi Tresserras from the University of Barcelona. Prof Dr. Tresserras is former co-ordinator of IBERTUR-Network of Heritage, Tourism and Sustainable Development and Founder Member of the Scientific Committee in Heritage Interpretation for ICOMOS. He also provides expert consulting services in the field of cultural and gastronomy tourism for different international organisations such as: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, Council of Europe, UNESCO and the EU.

IGCAT (International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) participated in European food-tourism week as part of the Milan EXPO between the 28-30 September 2015.

  • 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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