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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Regions of Gastronomy: a force for good when they work together

Regions of Gastronomy: a force for good when they work together

In light of the significant impact that the current coronavirus crisis is having on their communities, the European...

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Kuopio supports local food and businesses

Kuopio supports local food and businesses

Supporting local food and small businesses is one of the main focuses of Kuopio, European Region of Gastronomy...

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Creative Tastebuds 2020 conference postponed to 2021

Creative Tastebuds 2020 conference postponed to 2021

How can our sense of taste save the planet? is the theme of Creative Tastebuds 2020, an interdisciplinary symposium...

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Menorca encourages local consumption

Menorca encourages local consumption

Despite the huge challenges brought about by the COVID-19 global outbreak, Menorca is strengthening its support to...

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Focussing on food, well-being and wellness tourism

Focussing on food, well-being and wellness tourism

IGCAT’s Annual Expert Meeting 2020 aims to explore how the combination of gastronomy, arts, culture and...

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Trondheim hosts and shines at Michelin Nordic Countries 2020

Trondheim hosts and shines at Michelin Nordic Countries 2020

Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022 strengthened its position on the international...

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Coimbra Region brands and boosts the quality of its food events

Coimbra Region brands and boosts the quality of its food events

Considered one of the 7 Gastronomic Wonders of Portugal, the chafana was celebrated at the 9º Festival Gastronómico...

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Tourism Manifesto calls for support to the European tourism sector

Tourism Manifesto calls for support to the European tourism sector

The European Tourism Manifesto alliance recently published a statement urging the European Commission and national...

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Slovenia to acknowledge local green gastronomy

Slovenia to acknowledge local green gastronomy

In an effort to build a lasting legacy for its European Region of Gastronomy 2021 title, Slovenia recently announced...

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IGCAT launches the 1st International Food Gift Challenge

IGCAT launches the 1st International Food Gift Challenge

With the aim to identify and promote artisanal food and food-related gifts in the Regions of Gastronomy, IGCAT...

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