European Region of Gastronomy at Fira Alimentaria


The 40th edition of Fira Alimentaria began on Monday 25 April 2016 in Barcelona where the European Region of Gastronomy platform was well represented in the Alimentaria Experience Hall at a significant stand hosted by Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 (C’REG) and with representatives from Aarhus, European Region of Gastronomy 2017.

The stand included a number of show cooking demonstrations by chefs on behalf of farmers and producers introducing new recipes that have been made using local products. The attendees could also learn more about the European Region of Gastronomy principles, aims and its benefits for all the regions in Europe.

On Tuesday 26 April 2016, Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 also hosted a seminar in one of the conferences rooms, generating high media attention. The presentation was introduced by Carme Gasull, Coordinator of C’REG16 and followed by Jordi Baiget, Councillor of Industry and Knowledge of Catalonia, Josep Lluis Bonet, President of Fira Alimentaria, Carme Ruscalleda, Michelin Starred Chef and Ambassador of Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 and Meritxell Serret, Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of Catalonia.  Collectively, they highlighted the importance and benefits of being awarded the European Region of Gastronomy title, noting that the award has enhanced collaboration and coordination between different public sector departments such as Agriculture and Tourism. The benefit of these collaborations can be seen in the linkage of local products, food, territory and cuisine.

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 gastronomic innovation.  IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) organises the award with the support of European institutions.

IGCAT  (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) is an international network of experts from gastronomy, culture, art and tourism and other sectors who have an interest in the exciting areas to be developed when there is a convergence between  these sectors. Together with its global network of experts, the IGCAT secretariat conducts research, develops projects and organise events related to this confluence and is particularly focused on how it may be used in regional and local development.

For more information contact: info@europeanregionofgastronomy.org or 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.

  • AMBASSADORS

    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

  • 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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