Food, tourism and sustainability as drivers for regional development


Policy-leaders from eight European Regions of Gastronomy engaged in a discussion concerning Food, tourism, and sustainability as drivers for regional development on 24 January 2017 in Athens. The Round Table, aimed at exchanging views about real challenges and lessons learnt, was moderated by Caroline Couret, Director of the Creative Tourism Network and featured interventions by George Hatzimarkos, Governor of South Aegean, Francisco de Calheiros, President of MinhoIN Consortium, Ramon Sentmartí, General Director of PRODECA (Catalonia), Anna V. Kristensen, Vice-President of Central Denmark Region, Juris Radzevics, Executive Director of Riga County Council, Prof. Roberta Garibaldi, Executive Coordinator of East Lombardy 2017, Cllr Micheal Connolly, Mayor of Galway County Council, and Roel Schutten, Managing Director of Agrifood Capital (North Brabant). 

The discussion focused on how holding the European Region of Gastronomy Award is helping to promote local cuisine in the region. Within the framework of the International year of Sustainable Tourism the question was also raised on how the regions can ensure visitors to the region stay longer and spend more - this being more sustainable for the environment.

One of the answers was by hosting smart events strategies that encourage food and arts lovers to stay in the region. These events may be in the form of creative experiences or evening events that encourage visitors to stay over and learn more about the region.

Silvia Draghi, European Commission - DG Growth, delivered the closing speech. She reaffirmed the support of the European Commission to the Regions of Gastronomy project, underlining the importance of such initiatives in Europe, where food tourism represents a significant niche. Draghi identified tourism as a fundamental opportunity of growth for the European Union and affirmed the commitment of the European Commission to help all stakeholders involved to cooperate, exchange knowledge and good practices. She highlightedthat IGCAT’s Regions of Gastronomy programme represents an opportunity to implement these policies.

The Regions of Gastronomy Platform and the European Region of Gastronomy Award aim to contribute to better quality of life in European and world 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.

 

  • 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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