Tasting the seasons in the South Aegean


The South Aegean, comprising of 50 inhabited islands accounts for one of the most diversified and nutritional diets in Europe.  Their bid to attain the title, European Region of Gastronomy 2019 embraces a new philosophy of working that encourages cross-sector dialogue in line with the work promoted by IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism).  Their bid aims not only to upgrade the South Aegean as a gastronomy tourism destination but to contribute to the long-term preservation of food and cultural diversity on the islands.

A forward committee of the jury visited Rhodes, 10-11 September 2016 in order to evaluate the work that this forward-looking Greek region has achieved so far. Blanca Cros from Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 noted the amazing sustainable tourism potential and quality of good food. Peter Astrup from Aarhus- Central Denmark Region European Region of Gastronomy 2017 noted the potential for food production development (especially in the identification of super-foods).

The jury experts met a variety of stakeholders including local organisations and SME's including the Women's Agricultural Association, the Melissokomiki Bee Museum and Dramontani's Farm of Herbs. During the visit, they also had the chance to meet the stakeholders group were they shared ideas and presented the work from key people involved in the project. The jury also visited the Plant Nursery and a local small production winnery called Kounaki in the remote village of Empona.

Following the visit, a report will be sent to the wider jury. The jury have concluded that  the South Aegean Region move to the second round and present their candidacy  to the full Platform in Sibiu, Romania, on 29 September during a European Region of Gastronomy Platform.

 About the European Region of Gastronomy

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 gastronomic innovation. Candidate regions are invited to join a knowledge-exchange platform of European regions in order to further cross-border collaborations and develop shared initiatives.

IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) organises the award with the support of European institutions. IGCAT  (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism 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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