European Regions of Gastronomy 2018 Announced


The title of European Region of Gastronomy 2018 was recommended to be given to two bidding regions, Galway – West of Ireland and North Brabant (Netherlands),

On Thursday 17 March 2016 at the Province House of Den Bosch.  The international jury comprising of IGCAT experts was presided by Prof. Dr Ilie Rotariu of the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu; Anna Blaua, Riga-Gauja region, Tourism Development Bureau (Latvia), Francisco de Calheiros, Executive Coordinator at Consórcio Minho IN, Jesper H. B. Christensen, City of Aarhus (Denmark), Prof. Roberta Garibaldi, University of Bergamo (Italy), Ilona Sares, ProAgria North-Savo (Finland), Ramon Sentmarti, Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia Government)
The jury was impressed with Galway – West of Ireland’s:

  • Support and commitment to grass-roots initiatives “we want our actions to be embedded in our communities, schools, in our homes, as well as in our policies and strategies” – this links very well with IGCAT’s commitment to empowering local communities.

And,

  • Galway’s wide stakeholder base and the efforts they have made already to bring in private, public, third-sector and knowledge institutions which is a principle of this award.

With reference to North Brabant the jury was impressed with:

  • The strong triple–helix model that keeps business close and contributes to innovation and hospitality.

And

  • The strong communication with the other regions envisaged in the food truck concept – which is driving to upcoming partnering European Region of Gastronomy in coming years.

The jury also had recommendations for each region, which included providing more visibility internationally through their marketing and communication programmes, increasing collaboration with the other regions in the programme and promoting and supporting the philosophy of International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism - IGCAT especially in collaborations and convergence of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism.

Both regions were recommended to be awarded the title (pending a jury visit to Galway – West of Ireland).  The award ceremony will take place within the framework of the IFAMA conference in Aarhus- Central Denmark Region on 20 June 2016 and the award will be presented by European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Areas, Phil Hogan and he will be receiving your bid books shortly.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Wassim Hallal

    Aarhus/Central Denmark Region 2017 will celebrate our widespread and innovative use of local ingredients.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Robert Palmer

    European Region of Gastronomy is a pioneering project of cultural and economic significance to all regions who participate.

  • AMBASSADORS

    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.

  • 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

  • GALLERY

    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

  • GALLERY

    Winning 2016 Regions Award Ceremony at the Pedrera, Barcelona, 2 July 2015

  • GALLERY

    Regions bidding for the title in 2017 present to an international jury at the Fundació Alicia, Catalonia, 3 July 2015

  • GALLERY

    Catalonia and Minho present their programmes for 2016 to SEDEC of the Committee of the Regions, 22 September 2015

  • GALLERY

    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

  • GALLERY

    Winning 2018 Regions Award Ceremony in Aarhus

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