Valmiera Restaurant Week Riga-Gauja Region

Discover the tasty side of nature at the Valmiera Restaurant Week, from 6 – 12 November as a project from Riga-Gauja European Region of Gastronomy 2017. In its 2nd edition, during one week participants will have the opportunity to taste the rich gastronomic offering and wide range Latvian cuisine flavours.

The Valmiera Restaurant Week is one of the events from the rich program implemented to celebrate 2017 European Region of Gastronomy and set to promote and preserve food diversity. The philosophy of the event comes from the inspirational concept, “Ar dabu šķīvī” (or wild at palate). The desire is to highlight and reveal the gastronomic varieties of the region in a creative and sensorial way. Gastronomy is conceived in strict connection to the tasty side of nature which is highlighted taking as starting point wild products the earth has to offer. Ancient rural and cooking tradition are nowadays still alive in the Latvian Cuisine.  The idea behind the event is that what we eat has to come directly from the fields nearby our homes and restaurants and from the woods surrounding our towns.

Valmiera’s Restaurants will make seasonal, genuine and local products the protagonists of this tasting week. These products will be valorized by innovative recipes and dishes delivered in a contemporary way and restaurants will privilege food lovers with exclusive offers for multi-course meals.

Valmiera Restaurant Week will also take place within the framework of the project “Hanseatic Approach to New Sustainable Alliances” co-funded under the Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020, eleven partners from Latvia, Estonia, and Sweden develop joint projects in order to promote Hanseatic heritage.

About the European Regions of Gastronomy 

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award aim to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability, and stimulating gastronomic innovation. It provides cross-marketing opportunities and longer-term benefits. Being part of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform and bidding for the award brings a range of stakeholders together to confront development challenges in the region.


IGCAT is a non-profit organisation established in 2012 working in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. Through its worldwide network of experts, IGCAT aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating, and supporting local leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.

IGCAT is furthermore the official secretariat for the Region of Gastronomy Platform and provides the European Region of Gastronomy Award, the European Young Chef Award and the Innovative Food Souvenir Award.

Photo from the archive of Dikļi Palace.

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