Regional partners


Catalonia 2016

Catalonia is a region in the Northeast of spain which consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The capital of Catalonia is Barcelona, which is also the second largest city of Spain. The cuisine of Catalonia has been nominated for recognition by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The secret of Catalan cuisine is in the quality and uniqueness of the products used, plus the combination of what is offered by the land and the sea.


Minho 2016

The Minho Region is located in the north of Portugal, forty kilometers from the city of Oporto and border with the neighbour Galicia. At the moment the region is divided in sub-regions of Minho-Lima and Cávado, and partly by sub-regions Ave and Tamega. With a population of over 1.1 million inhabitants, the region is often associated with the green of its natural scenery, where water is in abundance.


Riga-Gauja 2017

Riga is the capital of Latvia, one of the metropolises belonging to the Baltic Region in Northern Europe. Together with the surrounding municipalities Riga forms the Greater Riga Region consisting in 1.2 million inhabitants, which conform 47% of the population in Latvia. The city concentrates most of the economy of the region and influences the surrounding regions in the agricultural activity.


Aarhus/Central Denmark 2017

East Jutland metropolitan area represents approximately 23% of the population of Denmark with 1.26 million people living in the area. Is the second largest Metropolitan area after the Copenhagen metropolitan area and consists of 17 municipalities. The metropolitan area is home to large companies specially in the sectors of energy, food, health and productivity. It’s also home to Denmark’s dynamic second city, Aarhus.  


East Lombardy 2017

Lombardy is a region situated in the Northwest of Italy. The region has a population of nearly 10 million inhabitants, distributed over an area of approx. 24,000 square kilometers. Lombardy Region has nine recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites, thus laying claim to the highest concentration in Italy. The characteristics of these sites clearly testify to the richness and variety of the cultural heritage of this region. Many of the Lombard cities are steeped in art and culture, with significant historical and prestigious museum collections.


North Brabant 2018

Noord-Brabant is traditionally agrifood oriented. The strength of our province lies in the fact that we have been able to develop from a purely agrifood oriented region towards a multidisciplinary mosaic metropole with 5 large cities in strong cooperation, having high quality restaurants and a beautiful countryside just a stone’s throw away from these cities. Noord-Brabant stands for entrepreneurship, innovation and cooperation, all this in an atmosphere of mildness and hospitality.


Galway, West of Ireland 2018

Our region stretches from the small green fields and stone walls at the north of the county, east to the rich farmlands of the Shannon River basin, south to the unique karst landscape of the Burren and into the west to Galway city, the trout fishing capital of Europe, Lough Corrib, and the hills of Connemara, and along the wild, rugged Atlantic coast to our islands. Our rich soils and mild maritime climate produce grass that enables a strong and sustainable agricultural sector. Galway has one of the highest densities of restaurants in the country and our chefs work tirelessly with producers to promote the best of our region’s bounty on their menus.


Sibiu 2019

The region of Sibiu is located in Southern Transylvania, a unique cultural and natural scenery. The Region includes the city of Sibiu and its surroundings, standing out through its exceptional heritage and traditions carried on by a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community. A former European Capital of Culture, Sibiu has since focused on its vivid cultural life, also developing its touristic profile. Alongside its other valuable assets, traditions had an important role in shaping Sibiu as a viable touristic destination, food culture being one of the main attractions of the Region.


South Aegean 2019

The Region of the South Aegean is one of the thirteen regions of Greece. It consists of the Cyclades and Dodecanese island groups in the central and south-eastern Aegean Archipelagos. The capital of the region is situated in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros. The region is divided into 13 regional units, formed around major islands: Andros, Kea-Kythnos, Syros, Thira (Santorini), Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Tinos, Paros, Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos and Karpathos. With a population of 308.610 inhabitants and numbering more than 50 inhabited islands, each one with its own peculiarity, historical background and culture, its unique geophysical environment, gastronomic identity and local products, the South Aegean Region is a “paradise on Earth”.


Kuopio 2020

Kuopio Region is among the leading dynamic centers of growth in Finland, when measured by the variables of vitality and competitiveness. The region is one of the largest dairy and meat producers in Finland and, food production and research are among the best in the country. In terms of quality, milk from Kuopio is considered to be the best in the EU. High-quality skills and varied natural resources offer fantastic opportunities for new growth and renewal as well as the development of new products and services. The wood and food industries are the most important traditional industries. Additionally, tourism has an important role for the economy. Accommodation and program services provide jobs for many people

  • 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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