Food Film Menu 2023 – Best Food Film showcasing a European Region of Gastronomy

The short film A Year Celebrating Galway’s Gastronomy from Galway-West of Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2018, is the winner of the European Regions of Gastronomy category of IGCAT’s International Food Film Menu 2023.

The video offers a look back at 2018, celebrating Galway-West of Ireland as the European Region of Gastronomy. This award celebrated the region’s deep-rooted food culture with countless flagship events and festivities, and allowed Galway-West of Ireland to share its culinary culture and heritage with the world. There is a strong pride shared amongst the food community in the region. The year brought people together to connect and collaborate to showcase Galway-West of Ireland as a foodie destination.

Produced by Heavy Man Films for Galway-West of Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy 2018, A Year Celebrating Galway’s Gastronomy was selected by an international jury of IGCAT experts as the best short film to showcase a European Region of Gastronomy, emphasising its unique identity shaped by its food, producers, gastronomic traditions and landscapes.

“A great look back on Galway-West of Ireland’s successful year as European Region of Gastronomy 2018 that gives voice to local people and producers, who talk about their experience and how much it meant to them,” stated jury member Raúl Torres.

“The passion and commitment of Galway-West of Ireland and its community shines through this video. It shows how they really embraced the European Region of Gastronomy philosophy and made new collaborations, new networks, and new products, involving everybody – younger and older generations, the city and the countryside, the land and the sea,” affirmed jury member Mai Damgaard.

The international jury of IGCAT’s International Food Film Menu 2023 included: Mai Damgaard Rasmussen (Denmark), Director of the FoodFilmFestival of Aarhus and Chair of the jury; Lluís Valentí, Director of the Girona Film Festival (Spain); Irene Giannakopoulos, Founder and President of Amorgos International Film Festival (Greece); Robert Palmer (Scotland), independent consultant  and former Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage at the Council of Europe; Virginie Brégeon de Saint-Quentin, expert in design, marketing and artistic direction (France); and Raúl Torres Ajiaco, Communications Manager and Digital Content Creator at IGCAT (Colombia).

An online public’s vote is open (10-17 October 2023) to select the Public’s Favourite Film, that will be announced together with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize at the 35th Girona Film Festival (Catalonia, World Region of Gastronomy awarded 2025) on 11 November 2023.

Watch all category winners of the Food Film Menu 2023 and vote!

About IGCAT’s International Food Film Menu

IGCAT’s Food Film Menu contributes to internationally promote local food products, know-how, traditions and new trends related to gastronomy and crafts; encourage film directors to become ambassadors for their regions; and stimulate awareness of food and cultural diversity.

According to director Ljubomir Stefanov, official ambassador for the project, “IGCAT’s Food Film Menu is a wonderful initiative that raises awareness about food’s vital role in local sustainable development.”

To increase the visibility of the Food Film Menu, IGCAT collaborates with several international film festivals and cultural institutions including: the FoodFilmFestival in Aarhus; Girona Film FestivalEATSA Art & Tourism Film FestivalART&TUR International Tourism Film FestivalAmorgos Tourism Film FestivalMenorca International Film Festival; and NNLE Youth Palace of Zugdidi Municipality in Georgia.

Watch the winners of the previous editions:

Food Film Menu 2022

Food Film Menu 2021

Food Film Menu 2020

About the World/European Regions of Gastronomy

World/European Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to strengthen food security through the celebration of distinctive food cultures; create employment by stimulating creativity and gastronomic innovation; nourish children and adults through culinary and cultural education; driving environmental sustainability in tourism, hospitality and agricultural sectors; supporting balance and sustainable tourism practices; highlighting and supporting expertise from within rural and urban communities, creating connections and sharing good practices; and contributing to community health and well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance of protecting and promoting distinct regional food, culture, arts and natural assets as part of sustainable and balanced tourism and development strategies. This is essential to safeguarding our planet, health, wellness 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 founded the World/European Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World/European Regions of Gastronomy Platforms. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the World Food Gift Challenge, the Top Websites for Foodie Travelers Award and the international Food Film Menu.