100 food events to celebrate European Region of Gastronomy 2017

Along with Central Denmark Region, Aarhus has been appointed European Region of Gastronomy 2017. The interest from the city’s food entrepreneus is overwhelming and by now, more than 100 events are already in the programme.

At the moment, Aarhus is experiencing a gastronomical blooming with three Michelin stars, a horde of passionate farmers and producers and a creative bunch of food entrepreneurs, ever-developing the food scene in Aarhus. Thus, the interest of for being part of the programme of European Region of Gastronomy 2017 is huge. Including the Chefs on the Beach who are collaborating with the Natural History Musem and Taste of Aarhus in arranging edible experiences by the sea.
“It’s amazing that the focus on our region and our food now gets even bigger. It gives us the opportunity to bring people out in the nature and show how big of a pantry our everyday nature is,” Lars Brøndum, biologist and research assistant at Natural History Museum, says.

See the preliminary programme here: http://www.danishfoodregion.eu

The large interest among the food entrepreneurs of Aarhus is seen after the city has been glorified gastronomically during the last couple of years. First, the awarding of a Michelin star to three of the city’s restaurants and later on with great praise of the gastronomical level of the city in articles published by New York Times and Lonely Plant. Something one of the key players on the food scene in Aarhus has noticed.
“The gastronomy in Aarhus is developing rapidly these years. I see more and more new restaurant, that have the courage to reach the next gastronomical level. To me, that is extremely exciting. It shows that the future of the food scene in Aarhus is bright – and that it will probably attract even more foodies, journalists and other gastrnomical passionates from all over the world,” Wassim Hallal, owner of Restaurant Frederikshøj and Amabassador for European Region of Gastronomy 2017 says.

It is Food Organisation fo Denmark who, in collaboration with European Capital fo Culture 2017, The City of Aarhus and Central Denmark Region that are planning the programme for Aarhus and Central Denmark Region as European Region of Gastronomy. Director at Food Organisation of Denmark, Pelle Øby-Andersen, sees great perspectives in the newle published programme. In addition, he suggests it may open up new doors for the many food entrepreneurs own Aarhus and Central Denmark Region.
“It opens some important doors for all, who work with food in Central Denmark Region. Not only to Europa, but to the entire world. Additionally, the title will hopefully get the food industry in Aarhus to working even closer together in developing the food in the region,” Pelle Øby-Andersen says.

Prince Consort of Denmark will celebrate gastronomy

Along with the title as European Region of Gastronomy, the people of Aarhus can expect a programme filled with culinary experiences all over the city and the region. You can join the largest communal dinner ever presented in Denmark, oyster safaris or taste some of Denmark’s finest chef’s interpretation of the classic Danish hotdog. All to celebrate the extraordinary produce of the region.

One of those, that will participate in the celebraton is the Henrik, The Prince Consort of Denmark. He is the patron for Aarhus and Central Denmark Reginon’s title as European Region of Gastronomy.
“I hope that the title will enhance people’s awareness and knowledge of the local produce and the farmes of the region. Additionally, I hope that the culinary traditions will be celebrated greatly and thus, stimulate the people to raise their interest in food,” Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark says.

For additional information:
Stephen Haar
Chief of Press
Food Organisation of Denmark (FOOD)
M: +45 22 85 13 43

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 culinary innovation.

IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism – organises the award with the support of European institutions. IGCAT is an international interdisciplinary network of experts aiming to empower and facilitate local communities to realise the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts, sustainable tourism and other local resources.

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