Euro-Mediterranean Food Tourism Congress adds a new twist

The Euro-Mediterranean Food Tourism Congress in Tossa de Mar on 1 June, added a new tiwst this year when it invited IGCAT experts to participate in a programme especially designed to demonstrate culinary tourism in action.

IGCAT’s participation in the congress started with a warm welcome from Mª Àngels Pujals, Tourism Councilor of Tossa de Mar, Dr. Jordi Tresserras, LABPATC, University of Barcelona and Dr. Diane Dodd, Executive Director of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastrnomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) during a guided visit to Sant Benet, a unique Costa Brava Traditional Farm where IGCAT’s Experts and Euro-Mediterranean Food Congress participants learnt about Catalan farming techniques.

Dr. Lidia Varbanova from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University , Canada,  led the first round table where she presented her new book “Entrepreneurship in the Arts”.  Evarist March, Director of NaturalWalks and Gastrobotanist of the Celler de Can Roca then joined her in a debate on how arts and food organisations are giving a new twist to traditional products and services.

The participants then participated in a tasting of traditional food from Tossa de Mar which included Cim-i-tomba and Mar-i-muntanya, a dish of fish and meat prepared with chocolate. The dishes were produced in a local Restaurant that forms part of the European Chocolate Route.

The participants ended the day with a private visit to the Catalan Cuisine Museum project  where a second round table took place based on Gastronomy: Innovation on Tradition.

IGCAT thanked Dr. Jordi Tresserras who led the programme, as well as the Municipality of Tossa de Mar for giving to IGCAT a warm welcoming during the Annual Expert’s Meeting.

IGCAT  (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) is an international network of experts from gastronomy, culture, art and tourism and other sectors who have an interest in the exciting areas to be developed when there is a convergence between  these sectors. Together with its global network of experts, the IGCAT secretariat conducts research, develops projects and organise events related to this confluence and is particularly focused on how it may be used in regional and local development.

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