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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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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Greener and Healthier Futures for the European Regions of Gastronomy

Greener and Healthier Futures for the European Regions of Gastronomy

Policies and practices from the European Regions of Gastronomy that support local greener and healthier development...

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Trondheim-Trøndelag presents bid to be European Region of Gastronomy 2022

Trondheim-Trøndelag presents bid to be European Region of Gastronomy 2022

Trondheim and the mid-Norway region Trøndelag officially presented their candidature bid to receive the title...

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Menorca presents bid to be European Region of Gastronomy 2022

Menorca presents bid to be European Region of Gastronomy 2022

Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy candidate 2022 officially presented their bid to the public in the presence...

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Coimbra region to enhance quality of gastronomic events

Coimbra region to enhance quality of gastronomic events

An event qualification process has started in Coimbra Region with the aim to enhance the quality of local...

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Kuopio boosts innovation, creativity and cross-sectoral cooperation

Kuopio boosts innovation, creativity and cross-sectoral cooperation

Strong stakeholder engagement and cross-sectoral cooperation are the principles driving Kuopio, European Region of...

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The successful Brew! Coimbra Craft Beer Festival

The successful Brew! Coimbra Craft Beer Festival

Culture and gastronomy came together in Coimbra Region to celebrate a new and alternative brewing festival: the...

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