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


More than 100 food events are ready to celebrate Aarhus and Central Denmark Region as European Region of Gastronomy

June 27, 2016
Along with Central Denmark Region, Aarhus has been appointed European Region of Gastronomy 2017. The interest from the city's food entrepreneus is overwhelming and by now, more than 100 events are already in the programme. At the moment, Aarhus is experiencing a gastronomical blooming with three Michelin stars, a horde of passionate farmers and producers and a creative bunch of food entrepreneurs, ever-developing the food scene in Aarhus. Thus, the interest of for being part of the programme of European Region of Gastronomy 2017 is huge. Including the Chefs on the Beach who are collaborating with the Natural History Musem and Taste of Aarhus in arranging edible experiences by the sea. "It's amazing that the focus on our region and our food ... read more

Communities force food businesses to be more responsible

June 22, 2016
Addressing food businesses and innovators gathered together at the  2016 IFAMA World Conference, Dr. Diane Dodd, President of IGCAT told businesses to protect culture and food diversity and to recognise the importance of 'terroir', culture, landscape and traditions - if not for sustainable tourism, regional branding, health, nutrition, then to protect the biodiversity of the planet.  She warned that customers are increasingly becoming more responsible in their consumer behaviour, therefore to maintain competitive, businesses need to step up their social responsibility. The IFAMA World Conference took place in the city of Aarhus - Central Denmark Region,  that has recently been awarded the European Region of Gastronomy Award for 2017, together with East Lombardy and Riga-Gauja region. Erik Sejersen, Head of Department at Central ... read more

8th meeting of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform

June 22, 2016
The 8th Partner Meeting of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform, organised by IGCAT and hosted by the City of Aarhus and the FOOD Organisation, Central Denmark Region, took place between the 20 and 22 June. The meetings took place in the FOOD Office and the City Hall of Aarhus and  brought together 31 colleagues and new members representing 10 European regions and IGCAT, the coordinating body. The Platform welcomed the  South Aegean Region, Greece, as a new partner of the Platform which is responsible for 50% of all Greek tourism. The Governor of the region signed a collaboration ... read more

Region of South Aegean announces candidacy to become European Region of Gastronomy in 2019

June 22, 2016
On 21 June, Mr. Giorgos Hatzimarkos, Governor of the Region of the South Aegean travelled to Aarhus to announce the official candidacy of the South Aegean to be named European Region of Gastronomy in 2019. The governor was accompanied by the Vice Governor of Primary Sector, Agriculture and Regional Policy of the South Aegean Region, Mr. Filimonas Zannetidis, the Governor’s Scientific Consultant and Coordinator of South Aegean Region’s Candidacy for 2019, Mrs. Heidi Lazani, and by Mr. Loizos Soroniatis, Managing Director of the Development Agency of South Aegean Local and international press attended the event held within the framework of IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Annual Conference) and in the presence of European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan. Dr. ... read more

European Regions of Gastronomy 2018 Award Ceremony

June 21, 2016
 The European Region of Gastronomy Award ceremony for 2018 was held this morning at Aarhus Theatre in Central Denmark. The event kicked off with a warm welcome from Bent Hansen, the Chairman of Central Denmark Region and  the Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard.
Dr Diane Dodd, President of IGCAT spoke about the need for this Platform and Award and reiterated that Europe's competitive advantage is its quality of food products, its wide variety of produce and culture and food diversity connected to terroir, landscape, lifestyles and traditions.
Presentations were made by official representatives from Galway, West of Ireland  and Noord Brabant giving an overview of their vision for their programmes. Acceptance speeches were delivered by Cllr Michael Connolly, Chairman of Galway County ... read more

Inspirational talks in Aarhus-Central Denmark Region 2017

June 20, 2016

The  members of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform were treated  to three truly inspirational presentations on how companies can be successful by using ethical and sustainable ways to produce, reuse and sell food.

Organic Food was the title of the first presentation by Gitte Hvoldal from Danish Organics who spoke of people's awareness of eating healthy and its consequences, which include successful sales of organic products in Denmark and other European countries.

Food Waste was the topic of Elena Skytte's talk from from the Danish Technological Institute. She told us about the importance of the goals and objectives and examples of how food waste can be reduced.

Louise Dolmer and her daughter Catherine,  from their own company Landmad, ... read more

IGCAT Expert Jury visit to Galway, West of Ireland.

June 7, 2016
IGCAT international experts – Dr. Diane Dodd (Spain), Ilona Sares (Finland) and Davinia Galea (Malta) – visited Galway, West of Ireland between the 24 and 26 May 2016, to monitor the initial take-off and progress of the programme since its successful bid to host the European Region of Gastronomy in Galway, West of Ireland in 2018. The jury visited many local food producers and met with the Steering Committee, the wider stakeholder group,Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and the Galway 2020 team bidding to become the European Capital of Culture. The Jury was impressed with all the projects that they witnessed and discussed on the visit, particularly  with the level of local and innovative food production, the strong relationships between ... read more

IGCAT proposes convergence in training modules

June 7, 2016
IGCAT 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. This network, from different countries and disciplines (cultural and tourism managers, professors, researchers, consultants) contribute to the enrichment and further development of dialogue, investigation and activities in this expanding field. In particular, IGCAT trains to support capacity building, skills and knowledge for social, cultural and economical development in cities and regions and initiate projects that engage wide stakeholder groups through a service-learning model. On the occasion of the 3rd Annual Experts’ Meeting, on 31 May 2016, IGCAT experts started developing an integrated and intersectorial training module in order to provide local communities ... read more

Lidia Varbanova, IGCAT expert, on entrepreneurship and creativity

June 2, 2016
On June 1 2016, during the second day of IGCAT Annual Experts’ Meeting, Dr. Lidia Varbanova explained the importance of creativity, innovation and the ability to go beyond borders for entrepreneurship in the arts and culture sectors. Her forthcoming book, International Entrepreneurship in the Arts outlines a theoretical framework on how to start up, manage and eventually expand creative enterprises with a special emphasis on international business, policy and strategy, and the cross-cultural aspects of these issues. The book also presents 23 case studies and 54 short examples featuring disciplines from fine arts and photography to music, theatre, and contemporary dance, and covers ventures in over 20 countries to provide students and practitioners with practical insight into the issues and challenges ... read more

IGCAT at Euro-Mediterranean Food Tourism Congress

June 1, 2016
The IGCAT Annual Expert's meeting converged with the Euro-Mediterranean Food Tourism Congress in Tossa de Mar on 1 June.
IGCAT's participation in the congress started with a warm welcome from Mª Àngels Pujals, Tourism Councilor of Tossa de Mar, Dr. Jordi Tresserras, LABPATC, University of Barcelona and Dr. Diane Dodd, Executive Director of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastrnomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) during a guided visit to Sant Benet, a unique Costa Brava Traditional Farm where IGCAT's Experts and Euro-Mediterranean Food Congress participants learnt about Catalan farming techniques.
Dr. Lidia Varbanova from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University , Canada,  led the first round table where she presented her new book "Entrepreneurship in ... read more
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