From June 26 till July 9 in the manufactory of the Vaidava Ceramics Ltd. near Valmiera, which is also part of the Rīga-Gauja European Region of Gastronomy, the 1 st International Pottery Symposium “Claymeal” will be held. It will gather 17 artists from Latvia, Switzerland, the United States, Spain, Georgia, Argentine, Ireland, Norway, Turkey, Jordan, Russia, Finland and Israel to create dishes from the red clay found in the Lode quarry. Two world class pottery artists – Vincent Kampenaers from Belgium and Inita Reimandova from Latvia – will host the symposium.
At the end of the symposium on July 8 and 9 by the Lake Vaidava a special dinner called „Pilnbrieda garša. Latvijas vasara” („Mature taste. Summer in Latvia”) will be organized. It will be a 3,5 hours long open-air dinner where diners will be offered a unique symbiosis of atmosphere, sound, smell, taste and colour.
The closing dinner of the symposium has been included as one of the introductory events of the Rīga-Gauja European Region of Gastronomy. The Rīga-Gauja region in 2015 was named one of the European Regions of Gastronomy, which is a result of a close cooperation between the Rīga Tourism Development Bureau, Cēsis and Sigulda counties, Valmiera City Council and the tourism cluster of the Gauja National Park.
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. IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) organises the award with the support of European institutions.