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The European Region of Gastronomy title is a new European award that will recognize innovation and integration in gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. The regions awarded the title should demonstrate their uniqueness through food, drink and hospitality with innovative development of culture, gastronomic experiences, and art or artistic expressions. The meeting considered, amongst other things, the selection criteria for a region to be awarded the title and the establishment of an ERG network. The development of an ERG network would support cross-marketing initiatives, exchange of knowledge and provide a vehicle for longer-term legacy measures.

The first working meeting of the European Region of Gastronomy award took place in North Brabant in the Netherlands on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 April 2014. The meeting, which was organised by IGCAT and hosted by the Province of North Brabant and Agrifood Capital, provided the opportunity to discuss with interested regions the opportunities that holding such a title would offer as well as discuss details related to the administration and time-table for the launching of the award.

Attendees at the meeting came from eight European regions including North Brabant Province, The Netherlands; Minho Region, Portugal; Sibiu County, Romania; Aarhus/Central Denmark, Denmark; Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy; Province Alpes Cote d'Azur,France; Riga County, Latvia; Valletta, Malta.

The meeting established IGCAT as the independent institute which will organize and coordinate the title as well as support partnership development and identify areas of growth. The regions agreed that a pilot period could experiment with different models and, to this end, it is intended that several regions will form a group and present a proposal to Interreg Europe.

The meeting was chaired by Prof. Greg Richards, Tilburg University who helped IGCAT develop the concept for the ERG. Speaking about the title he noted “the aim is to develop an award based on the grass-roots gastronomic richness of European regions, which will support longer-term strategic development and improve visibility and networking amongst the regions taking part.”

The meeting was also addressed by the European Committee of the Regions’ Culture Chair, Mr Anton Rombouts. Mr Rombouts has already endorsed the ERG initiative at the COR Plenary Meeting in Brussels on May 30th 2013 and he assured the regions that he intends to support the initiative in achieving full backing from the Committee of the Regions. To this end, an ‘Own Initiative Opinion’ for the Committee of the Regions on Cultural Heritage is being tabled, which will pin-point the important role for gastronomy as part of regional cultural and heritage.

 

  • 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.

  • 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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