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 European Region of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.

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Tourism, gastronomy and wine are inseparable in Europe

Tourism, gastronomy and wine are inseparable in Europe

An international conference of the Iter Vitis European Cultural Route, took place in Motovun, Istria County on...

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Menorca’s sustainable path to support local gastronomy

Menorca’s sustainable path to support local gastronomy

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

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Michelin Guides acknowledge Slovenia as top gastronomic destination

Michelin Guides acknowledge Slovenia as top gastronomic destination

Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021 will be soon included in Michelin Guide collection, as...

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Kuopio’s ANTI Festival 2020 to link art and gastronomy

Kuopio’s ANTI Festival 2020 to link art and gastronomy

Food will be the central theme of Kuopio’s ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival 2020, who for its upcoming edition...

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Coimbra Region leads Food Corridors project

Coimbra Region leads Food Corridors project

The Intermunicipal Community of Coimbra Region, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021 is leading the European...

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Trondheim-Trøndelag builds on gastronomy and sustainability

Trondheim-Trøndelag builds on gastronomy and sustainability

Trondheim-Trøndelag region (Norway) has been officially recommended for the European Region of Gastronomy 2022 title...

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Kuopio hosted Local Food Gift training workshop

Kuopio hosted Local Food Gift training workshop

IGCAT’s Local Food Gift Challenge – Training the Trainers workshop took place in Kuopio, European Region of...

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Winner of the European Young Chef Award 2019 announced!

Winner of the European Young Chef Award 2019 announced!

Eirini Giorgoudiou from South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 has been announced today European...

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Gastronomy, innovation and regional identity

Gastronomy, innovation and regional identity

European Young Chef Award 2019 finalists have joined their predecessors and become IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors...

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Gastronomy and local development discussed at FOODBIZ final conference

Gastronomy and local development discussed at FOODBIZ final conference

Regional products, gastronomy, tourism, employment and local development – Links and shared value was the...

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