Catalonia 2016 European Region of Gastronomy - Stakeholder Group Meeting


On Tuesday 5th May 2015, a first meeting of prominent stakeholders took place to discuss and share ideas for Catalonia's year as European Region of Gastronomy in 2016. IGCAT's Director, Dr. Diane Dodd, was invited to participate in the meeting to explain the concept behind the award and the Platform. As secretariat for the platform, IGCAT coordinates and manages the award as well as supports the international platform of regional partners. The meeting included around 60 stakeholders representing private, public, third sector and academic institutions that have been identified as key actors in Catalonia's gastronomy sector.

Dr Dodd congratulated the bidding team for their outstanding work, which included Domènec Vila and Mireia Medina i Sala of the Department of Agiculture, as well Patrick Torrent and Blanca Cros from the Tourism Board, as well as C'REG 2016 general coordinator, Ramon Sentmarti. Diane briefly explained the selection criteria for winning the award and also highlighted the need for gastronomic regional differentiation, which the award aims to help to protect.

The meeting emphasised the huge opportunity Catalonia now has to promote existing and develop new cultural and sustainable tourism offers, promote food producers, as well as the possibility to further highlight Catalonia on the world culinary map. Attendees were asked to support the team and offer ideas that could contribute to the 2016 programme. Guests were also invited to the official launch of the European Region of Gastronomy 2016 award, which will take place in the iconic La Pedredra building in Barcelona, on 2 July 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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