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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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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Local food underpinning Menorca’s economic recovery

Local food underpinning Menorca’s economic recovery

The rich gastronomic potential of Menorca, awarded European Region of Gastronomy 2022 by IGCAT, was celebrated at...

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Menorca combines local cuisine, gastronomy and cinema

Menorca combines local cuisine, gastronomy and cinema

Menorca, awarded European Region of Gastronomy 2022 by IGCAT put the spotlight on local food and culture at the...

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The marvelous potato at Trondheim’s Credo

The marvelous potato at Trondheim’s Credo

Blue Congo from Overhalla, almond potatoes from Kvikne, red Asterix and yellow sweet potato are among the local...

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Get ready for Coimbra Region’s Million Food Stories!

Get ready for Coimbra Region’s Million Food Stories!

Under the theme A Million Food Stories, Coimbra Region is getting ready to launch their title year as European...

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Traveller magazine highlights Slovenia as best destination for 2021

Traveller magazine highlights Slovenia as best destination for 2021

Slovenia, awarded European Region of Gastronomy 2021 by IGCAT, has been selected as best holiday destination for...

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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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Life According to Nature’s Rhythm starts!

Life According to Nature’s Rhythm starts!

Kuopio officially opens its kick-off year as European Region of Gastronomy 2020-21 with the theme of Life According...

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Levi Devžej by Matic Borković elected overall winner of the Food Film Menu 2020

Levi Devžej by Matic Borković elected overall winner of the Food Film Menu 2020

The short film Levi Devžej from Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021, was announced Overall...

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Home of Nordic Flavours 2020 awarded 2nd prize in the Food Film Menu 2020

Home of Nordic Flavours 2020 awarded 2nd prize in the Food Film Menu 2020

The short film Home of Nordic Flavours 2020 from Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022...

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