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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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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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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Mayonnaise, The Universal Sauce gets 3rd prize in the Food Film Menu 2020

Mayonnaise, The Universal Sauce gets 3rd prize in the Food Film Menu 2020

The short film Mayonnaise, The Universal Sauce from Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, has been...

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Winners of the 1st European Food Gift Challenge announced

Winners of the 1st European Food Gift Challenge announced

Food and cultural uniqueness of the European Regions of Gastronomy was celebrated at the 1st European Food Gift...

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European Regions of Gastronomy discuss opportunities in food and well-being tourism

European Regions of Gastronomy discuss opportunities in food and well-being tourism

The 7th Annual IGCAT Experts’ Meeting successfully kicked off with IGCAT webinar on Food, Well-being and Wellness...

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Food Film Menu 2020: Best Food Film showcasing Food-related Visitor Experiences announced

Food Film Menu 2020: Best Food Film showcasing Food-related Visitor Experiences announced

The short film A Taste of Sant Joan from Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, has been announced as...

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