IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health 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 Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.

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A digital gastromap for Kuopio 2020-2021

A digital gastromap for Kuopio 2020-2021

A digital gastromap highlighting food-related experiences in Kuopio, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2020-2021...

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Trøndersk Food Festival’s innovative response to gathering restrictions

Trøndersk Food Festival’s innovative response to gathering restrictions

In 2020, Trøndersk Food Festival (30 July-1 August) will take on an innovative format by scattering many different...

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Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

IGCAT is among the 94 organisations from across the cultural and creative sector that have signed a letter calling...

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Slovenia, National Geographic’s 2021 tasty escape

Slovenia, National Geographic’s 2021 tasty escape

National Geographic nominated Slovenia (awarded European Region of Gastronomy 2021 by IGCAT), next year’s culinary...

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Rethinking sustainable tourism after Covid-19

Rethinking sustainable tourism after Covid-19

With a focus on how to ensure survival of hospitality, tourism, events and culture related businesses in the...

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Coimbra Region celebrates National Day of Portuguese Gastronomy

Coimbra Region celebrates National Day of Portuguese Gastronomy

Traditional recipes, local ingredients and talented chefs were highlighted on social media by Coimbra Region...

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Slovenia holds first virtual local young chef competition

Slovenia holds first virtual local young chef competition

Local cuisine and young cooking talents were celebrated in Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021 at...

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Tourism Manifesto welcomes EC’s package on Tourism and Transport

Tourism Manifesto welcomes EC’s package on Tourism and Transport

Following the publication of the European Commission’s guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s...

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Catalonia puts the spotlight on local producers

Catalonia puts the spotlight on local producers

#AlimentsDeProp (LocalFood) online search engine has been launched by Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy...

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Coimbra Region brings producers closer to the consumers

Coimbra Region brings producers closer to the consumers

A successful example of how to combine tradition with technological innovation, the first Online Market of PDO Wine...

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