Minho Region visits Catalonia


IGCAT welcomed a delegation from 10 municipal authorities, representing the Minho Region of Portugal to discuss and explore their proposed candidature for the title of European Region of Gastronomy in 2016.

The overall aim of the European Region of Gastronomy programme is to contribute to a better quality of life in European Regions by conserving food cultures and stimulating gastronomic innovation. A network of regions will work long-term to support these aims by organising an award (with the support of the European institutions), administered and coordinated by an independent body (IGCAT) that can help to collect and disseminate the knowledge that is generated by the activity of the participating regions. In the longer term, the development of this programme should also help to emphasize the unique assets of Europe in relation to food cultures, which in turn can serve as sources of growth, social cohesion and sustainability.

The European Region of Gastronomy award will be awarded to 2-3 regions from the network each year that will develop a strong programme of events and collaborations, helping the regions achieve Visibility, Viability, Cohesion and Credibility.  On the first day the delegation from Minho-IN were welcomed in Sant Pol de Mar (home to the renowend Michelin Star restuarant, Sant Pau and a leading hospitality school as well as IGCAT’s offices) by Prof. Greg Richards and Dr. Diane Dodd to discuss Minho’s challenges and how the European Region of Gastronomy award could help them address these. On the second day, stakeholders’ from Catalonia’s bid for the title hosted their counterpart partners and shared their experiences with culture and gastronomy. The meeting which took place in the Museu d’Historia de Catalunya enjoyed presentations from Blanca Cros, Agència Catlana de Turismo, Mireia Medina i Sala, Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural, Caroline Couret of the Creative Tourism Network and Carme Paterna from the campus Alimentaria. 

The meeting concluded with a guided visit by Sergi Freixes to his exhibition on titled War Menus: Avantgard Food and Survival which demonstrated how art, history, culture and food can be combined interesting and thought provoking ways.

  • 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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    Anton Rombouts

    North Brabant 2018 will highlight how agrifood industries are protecting food and culture diversity.

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    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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