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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Call for papers on Food and Beverage Tourism

Call for papers on Food and Beverage Tourism

Submission of papers is open for the Special Issues on Food and Beverage Tourism: Management and Marketing...

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Food waste monitoring proven to reduce food waste

Food waste monitoring proven to reduce food waste

Food Waste Monitoring is proven to reduce food waste by up to 25% in the first 4 weeks! This was one of the exciting...

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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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Slovenia hosts its first Michelin Stars Revelation event

Slovenia hosts its first Michelin Stars Revelation event

The excellent gastronomy of Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021 was highlighted at the first...

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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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