8th meeting of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform


The 8th Partner Meeting of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform, organised by IGCAT and hosted by the City of Aarhus and the FOOD Organisation, Central Denmark Region, took place between the 20 and 22 June. The meetings took place in the FOOD Office and the City Hall of Aarhus and  brought together 31 colleagues and new members representing 10 European regions and IGCAT, the coordinating body. The Platform welcomed the  South Aegean Region, Greece, as a new partner of the Platform which is responsible for 50% of all Greek tourism. The Governor of the region signed a collaboration agreement with the President of IGCAT and spoke of the hope to rebuild pride and confidence in local communities by promoting high quality cuisine found on islands throughout the region.

During the meeting, the partners heard about the progress in the process in each region, in particular the report from Catalonia as host of European Region of Gastronomy 2016 by Blanca Cross. The lessons learnt from the year so far were told to the partners which included positive participation from some 600 stakeholders who are now taking part.

The meeting also discussed the monitoring and evaluation of the Award process following a jury visit to Galway. The communication and marketing strategy discussion had the added benefit of a workshop led by Henrick Zacho  and a talk by the head of communications for Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017. Further to this, the partners spoke about different matters related to new proposals such as the Sustainable Food Products Award, the ERG Shop Hosting and other funding proposals. During the meeting, the regions were reminded that finalists will part in the European Young Chef Award which will be celebrated on 14 November 2016 at EUHTStPOl in the framework of Catalonia, European region of Gastronomy 2016 and partners will participate in the Fòrum Gastrònomic.

Hosted in the framework of Aarhus- Central Denmark Region 2017 - Rethinking Good Food. The Danish region successfully bid for, and was officially awarded the title, European Region of Gastronomy 2017 alongside Riga-Gauja Region and East Lombardy,  at a ceremony in Expo Milan in October 2015. The region is developing a programme of events for 2017 with a special emphasis on creative clusters for businesses that aim to celebrate the region's produce and traditions while exploring sustainable food production.
 
The European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award aim to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating culinary innovation.
 
IGCAT - International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism - organises the award with the support of European institutions. IGCAT is an international interdisciplinary network of experts aiming to empower and facilitate local communities to realise the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts, sustainable tourism and other local resources.
 
For more information contact: info@igcat.org

  • 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

  • GALLERY

    4th Partner Meeting in Minho, February 2015

  • GALLERY

    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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