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 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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Menorca stands out as a safe and sustainable destination at FITUR 2021

Menorca stands out as a safe and sustainable destination at FITUR 2021

Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022 was presented at FITUR as a leading destination in terms of...

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Creating cross-sectoral connections to support sustainable recovery

Creating cross-sectoral connections to support sustainable recovery

IGCAT experts and stakeholders in food, culture, wellness, nature and many other sectors from over 30 countries...

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The ON-IT project looks for virtual internship stories

The ON-IT project looks for virtual internship stories

Are you a university student who undertook a virtual internship in tourism? Or did you support one or more as an...

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Tourism Film Festival sign-up to screen IGCAT’s Food Film Menu

Tourism Film Festival sign-up to screen IGCAT’s Food Film Menu

The renowned ART&TUR – International Tourism Film Festival (ART&TUR) and the brand-new EATSA ART &...

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IGCAT announces 2nd European Food Gift Challenge

IGCAT announces 2nd European Food Gift Challenge

The European Food Gift Challenge 2nd edition will take place in Coimbra Region, European Region of Gastronomy...

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European Young Chef Award 2021 call officially launched

European Young Chef Award 2021 call officially launched

IGCAT has officially announced the European Young Chef Award 2021 that will take place in the renovated Municipal...

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Call open for the Food Film Menu 2021!

Call open for the Food Film Menu 2021!

After a successful first edition in 2020, IGCAT has opened a new call for submissions to the Food Film Menu 2021...

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Food waste prevention is a UN sustainability goal

Food waste prevention is a UN sustainability goal

IGCAT has started tracking new trends and collecting information from partners across the globe that offer in-depth...

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Hauts-de-France recommended for 2023 European Region of Gastronomy title

Hauts-de-France recommended for 2023 European Region of Gastronomy title

An international jury consisting of four international experts (members of IGCAT) having the additional experience...

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Exploring linkages between food, well-being and sustainable tourism

Exploring linkages between food, well-being and sustainable tourism

Food, Well-being and Wellness Tourism were at the centre of a public seminar organised in Kuopio, European Region of...

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