European Regions of Gastronomy 2018 Award Ceremony


 The European Region of Gastronomy Award ceremony for 2018 was held this morning at Aarhus Theatre in Central Denmark. The event kicked off with a warm welcome from Bent Hansen, the Chairman of Central Denmark Region and  the Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard.
 
Dr Diane Dodd, President of IGCAT spoke about the need for this Platform and Award and reiterated that Europe's competitive advantage is its quality of food products, its wide variety of produce and culture and food diversity connected to terroir, landscapelifestyles and traditions.
 
Presentations were made by official representatives from Galway, West of Ireland  and Noord Brabant giving an overview of their vision for their programmes. Acceptance speeches were delivered by Cllr Michael Connolly, Chairman of Galway County Council, Cllr. Noel Larkin, Mayor of Galway City, and Anne-Marie Spierings, Vice Governor and Provincial Executive for Agricultural Development, Province of Brabant.  The Mayor of Veghel, Ina Adema introduced the tasting of food from Noord Brabant.
 
Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development presented the awards to Galway, West of Ireland and Noord Brabant for their successful bids to host the title in 2018. He congratulated the European Region of Gastronomy on the process and importance of bringing  communities together. He insisted that the EU recognizes its  quality produce and will not be compromised.
 
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

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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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