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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Kuopio region highlighted in national Finnish travel guide

Kuopio region highlighted in national Finnish travel guide

Kuopio, awarded European Region of Gastronomy 2020-21 by IGCAT, was featured in Madventures Travel Guide to Finland...

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Kuopio’s ANTI Festival creates synergies between gastronomy and arts

Kuopio’s ANTI Festival creates synergies between gastronomy and arts

Food will be the central theme of Kuopio’s ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival 2020 (27 October – 1 November)...

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The 1st Food Film Day builds a legacy for Kuopio 2020-21

The 1st Food Film Day builds a legacy for Kuopio 2020-21

The overall winner and two runners-up of IGCAT’s Food Film Menu 2020 were shown at the first edition of the Food...

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Gastronomy and sustainability go hand in hand in Menorca

Gastronomy and sustainability go hand in hand in Menorca

Menorca, awarded European Region of Gastronomy 2022 by IGCAT, strengthened its commitment to uphold local products...

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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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