International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism


International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism

IGCAT is the administrative organisation for the EUROPEAN REGION OF GASTRONOMY

International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism


International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism

IGCAT is working to improve the quality of CREATIVE TOURISM and FOOD EXPERIENCES

International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism

IGCAT provides expertise and support for CAPITALS OF CULTURE


European Region of Gastronomy at Fira Alimentaria

May 3, 2016
The 40th edition of Fira Alimentaria began on Monday 25 April 2016 in Barcelona where the European Region of Gastronomy platform was well represented in the Alimentaria Experience Hall at a significant stand hosted by Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 (C’REG) and with representatives from Aarhus, European Region of Gastronomy 2017. The stand included a number of show cooking demonstrations by chefs on behalf of farmers and producers introducing new recipes that have been made using local products. The attendees could also learn more about the European Region of Gastronomy principles, aims and its benefits for all the regions in Europe. On Tuesday 26 April 2016, Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 also hosted a seminar in one of the conferences ... read more

European Sweet Itineraries kick-off meeting

April 19, 2016
The first meeting of the European Sweet Itineraries (ESI) took place on Friday 15 April in Brussels where Davinia Galea, Deputy Director and Jordi Vegas, Project Manager, represented IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism) as partner of the ESI project alongside 13 other partners from Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Spain. During the meeting, members introduced their organisations and afterwards the group discussed the characteristics of educational tours for young people. Then, the Chocolate Way provided a chocolate tasting from the regions of Abruzzo and Umbria as an example of experience tourism. The European Sweet Itineraries is an educational project that aims attract young smart travellers through educational tours developed for a niche interested in sweets production. The objective is ... read more

Expert from Slovenia visits IGCAT

April 14, 2016
Dr. Aleš GAČNIK, Head of the Department of Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage from the Faculty of Tourism Studies and Head of the recently established Centre of Gastronomy and Wine Culture (University of Primorska) was welcomed at IGCAT by Dr. Diane Dodd, Executive Director and Jordi Vegas, Projects Manager in Sant Pol de Mar, 9-10 April 2016. The working meetings aimed to establish a closer connection between the Centre for Gastronomy and Wine Culture and IGCAT, as well as explore the potential for the region of Primorska to submit a proposal to be European Region of Gastronomy in the future. The meetings also explored the role of evaluation and monitoring for the Regions of Gastronomy programme. On behalf of the ... read more

Masterchef promotes Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016

April 13, 2016
The fourth Spanish edition of Masterchef will broadcast its first programme on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 22:15h on TV1 (Spanish national television) within the context of Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2106.  The setting for the first programme is the emblematic Monastery of Montserrat in Catalonia and is presided by Carme Ruscalleda, Michelin starred chef and Ambassador for Catalonia European Region of Gastronomy 2016 and presented by Eva Gonzalez.
The event promoted by the Catalan Tourism Board invited many important personalities from the cultural and gastronomy sector including singers Sergio DalmaDyango and Daniel Carbonell (Macaco), the actor David Fernández and the illustrator Jordi Labanda, promotor of Forum Gastronomic, Pep Palau and Executive Director of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism), Dr. ... read more

IGCAT delivers training to Rhodes 2021 bid team

April 6, 2016
Rhodes 2021,  one of the pre-selected cities to hold the title European Capital of Culture (ECoC) has a strong bid team headed by Aliki Moschis-Gauguet and supported by  IGCAT experts, Robert Palmer and Diane Dodd.   From 30 March - 2 April 2016, IGCAT led the bid team through a complete review of the first draft of their bid, taking into consideration the jury's comments and what the bid team felt were their strengths and weaknesses. The selection of just three cities for the second and final round of the competition was announced in late February and the cities recently received advise in the form of a written report from the ECoC jury on how to improve their candidacy. It became immediately clear that Rhodes ... read more

30th Catalan Young Chef Contest

April 5, 2016
The 30th edition of the Catalan Young Chef Contest took place on Monday 4 April in Sant Pol de Mar, hosted by EUHTStPOl  within the framework of  Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016.
The theme of the contest was the use of fruits in high-cuisine and 10 representatives from eight different schools from Catalonia participated. During the morning, the Starred Michelin Chef Mauro Colagreco and his Executive Chef  carried out a workshop for all the participants and students who came for this occasion.
Members of the jury led by the Starred Michelin Chef Mauro Colagreco, owner of the Mirazur in France included Ramon Serra, President of the EUHTStPOlJosep Casas, President of the Catalan Academy ... read more

IGCAT gains attention in the International Media

April 5, 2016
IGCAT is an international network of experts in the fields of culture, arts, tourism and gastronomy. Collectively, we aim to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating and supporting leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. Ultimately, we hope to improve the quality of gastronomy, cultural and creative experiences both for citizens and visitors. The European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award ( is now one of our most successful and visible initiatives. The fruit of a long process that included the engagement of 9 founder regions and four years of intensive exchanges of ideas on how to create an Award that could serve regions of Europe. ... read more

Dubrovnik takes an interest in food and innovation

March 22, 2016
Dubrovnik is one of the shortlisted candidates for European Capital of Culture about to go before the jury this week. It is also now the centre of the universe as its has been turned into a film set for the next edition of Star Wars. Far more interesting for us though, it has recently taken an interest in gastronomy and innovation.  For this reason, Dubrovnik invited Executive Directior of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) to give a presentation on the European Region of Gastronomy concept to wider stakeholders and interested people from the region and, to meet the team for Dubrovnik 2020. The concept for Dubrovnik's bid to be European Capital of Culture is the urgent need to innovate. ... read more

Minho, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 on TV1 Portugal

March 21, 2016
Francisco de Calheiros, Coordinator of Minho IN, the consortium named European Region of Gastronomy 2016, kicked of the year with an appearance on TV1 Portugal.  Francisco de Calheiros who has also been named  Ambassador for the European Region of Gastronomy, was invited to TV 1 Portugal to talk about the plans to celebrate Minho's year as European Region of Gastronomy 2016. He explained the importance of this award for the region for promoting local products and raising standards and that the year counts on dozens of initiatives to promote food diversity in Minho.  During the programme he also showed some of Minho´s traditional products. He was joined on the programme by Joaquim Ribeiro, Executive at Porto and North of Portugal Tourism Regional ... read more

7th Partner meeting European Region of Gastronomy Platform

March 21, 2016
The 7th partner meeting of European Region of Gastronomy Platform, organised by IGCAT and hosted by the city of 's-Hertogenbosch, in the region of North Brabant, in the Netherlands took place from 16 March to 18 March. The meeting gathered 19 colleagues representing the 9  founder regions, where they approved the minutes for the last meeting in Bergamo and reported on activities being developed in each region. The Platform welcomed  North Savo, Finland, as new partner of the  group. During the meeting, the partners discussed budgets and strategies to bring new members on board, social media strategy,  communication and marketing strategy, as well as permissions for use of European Region of Gastronomy logo in each region. Further to this, the partners ... read more
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