IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to protect and promote distinct regional food, culture, arts and natural assets as part of sustainable and balanced tourism and development strategies. This is essential to safeguard our planet, health, wellness and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the European and World Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World and European Regions of Gastronomy Platforms. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the World Food Gift Challenge, the Top Websites for Foodie Travelers Award and the Food Film Menu.

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The European Region of Gastronomy Platform welcomes Saimaa Region!

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform welcomes Saimaa Region!

Saimaa Region (Finland) officially joined the European Region of Gastronomy Platform with the intention to bid for...

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Sustainability and cross-marketing in the Regions of Gastronomy

Sustainability and cross-marketing in the Regions of Gastronomy

Minho, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2016 welcomed the European Region of Gastronomy Platform on 30 November...

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Enhancing local food heritage in the Regions of Gastronomy

Enhancing local food heritage in the Regions of Gastronomy

Best practices to promote local small producers and food heritage were the focus of the European Region of...

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Winner of the European Young Chef Award 2021 announced!

Winner of the European Young Chef Award 2021 announced!

Espen Laumann from Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022 has been announced European Young...

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The young chefs are leaders of change for good

The young chefs are leaders of change for good

European Young Chef Award 2021 finalists have joined their predecessors and become IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors...

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Winners of the Food Film Menu 2021 triumph at Amorgos Festival

Winners of the Food Film Menu 2021 triumph at Amorgos Festival

Two films from IGCAT’s Food Film Menu 2021 triumphed at the 12th Amorgos Tourism Film Festival, held on 4-9 November...

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IGCAT commits to the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action

IGCAT commits to the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action

IGCAT is proud to be a signatory and launch partner of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action on Tourism, that...

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Chef Randie Anderson to contribute to Jamaica’s food tourism strategy

Chef Randie Anderson to contribute to Jamaica’s food tourism strategy

IGCAT congratulates expert Randie Anderson for his appointment as a member of the Chef Advisory Sub-Committee of...

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Exploring Online Internship in Europe

Exploring Online Internship in Europe

The Erasmus+ project ON-IT – Online Internship in Tourism in which IGCAT is a consortium partner, will organise a...

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Winners of IGCAT’s Food Film Menu 2021 revealed

Winners of IGCAT’s Food Film Menu 2021 revealed

The short film A Food and Love Story from Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, was selected as Best...

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