European Region of Gastronomy Award gains attention in the International Media


The European Region of Gastronomy Award is the fruit of a long process initiated by IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) (http://igcat.org/), including the engagement of nine founder regions. It encompassed four years of fruitful exchanges of ideas on how to create an Award that could serve European regions. 2016 is the first year that two regions share the title and already in the first quarter of the year, the European Region of Gastronomy project has been published and broadcasted by the most important media of the two awarded regions for 2016, Catalonia (Spain) and Minho (Portugal), including national newspapers such as LaVanguardia and popular TV channels like TV1 Portugal.

In addition, the European Region of Gastronomy Award has already been extensively mentioned by media from awarded regions for 2017, East Lombardy, Riga-Gauja and Aarhus-Central Denmark. The winning regions for 2018 will receive their title during the IFAMA conference in Aarhus on 20 June 2016, these are North Brabant (Netherlands) and Galway-West of Ireland. The competition is now open for regions hoping to bid for 2019 and bid books are due by 30 July 2016. 

IGCAT  together with leading European institutions award the title. By developing the European Region of Gastronomy as a model of cross-sectorial working,  IGCAT is excited to see, how in its first official year the European Region of Gastronomy has gained visibility through major media channels across Europe.

IGCAT is the international network of experts in the fields of culture, arts, tourism and gastronomy. Collectively, it aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating and supporting leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. Ultimately, it hopes to improve the quality of gastronomy, cultural and creative experiences both for citizens and visitors. 

 

Through the European Region of Gastronomy programme, IGCAT is proud to contribute to raising awareness on prominent issues like healthy lifestyles, sustainable practices in agro-food systems, the richness and diversity of food cultures and the potential of gastronomic innovation for territories and their local communities.

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    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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    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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