About the platform


 

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform was born following the first consultative meeting with founder regions of the European Region of Gastronomy Award. The meeting which was hosted by North Brabant in April 2014 was convened by  IGCAT to ensure that the Award would meet the demands, challenges and concerns of Europe’s regions.  The nine regions agreed that the award would recognise exciting developments happening at a local level through the growing convergence of food, culture and tourism sectors however, they requested a longer-term commitment would provide greater opportunities for knowledge sharing, for developing collaborative projects and cross-marketing initiatives.

The regions agreed that the aims of the Platform would be to:

  • Share know-how and experience
  • Showcase the distinctiveness of regional gastronomy, food, wine and cuisines through cross-marketing initiatives
  • Underline the essential linkages of food at regional and European level (foodways or food routes)
  • Highlight the gastronomic unity and diversity of Europe through joint projects
  • Promote social cohesion and bonds between communities by providing access to often lesser known regions
  • Drive gastronomic creativity and innovation to enable Europe’s food and gastronomy businesses to compete at global level.

 

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform is open to regions that declare a moral obligation to ensure improved food quality and support for local cultures/traditions.

They must also agree to carry out an evaluation so that good practice and knowledge-sharing can be transmitted through the platform.

Regions that hope to bid for the European Region of Gastronomy Award are expected to commit to the Platform for a minimum of five years.

All regions taking part in the Platform need to demonstrate a strong stakeholder base incorporating public, private, third sector and knowledge institutions (symbolised by the four prongs of the fork in the European Region of Gastronomy logo). This stakeholder group should meet regularly and develop the bid together in an inclusive environment.

  • 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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