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
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
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
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
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