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World Food Gifts 2024

IGCAT’s World Food Gift Challenge 2024 took place in Aseer, World Region of Gastronomy awarded 2024, on 25 April 2024.

The top 10 food and food-related gifts from the World and European Regions of Gastronomy for 2024 were selected by an international jury of experts as best practices for their ability to combine sustainability, storytellinguniquenessinnovation on tradition and connection with the region.

– 1st Prize –

Saudi Coffee Bean Pouch

By Zainab Al Kulib

The jury felt that this gift ticked all the boxes! They were impressed with the product as it provided the aroma of Saudi coffee, taking the receiver directly to the region of Aseer. They recognised that the crafted bag is beautifully designed and is very practical for travelling, as well as multi-purpose and therefore functional. Containing all the ingredients to make Saudi coffee, the gift invites the user to recreate the experience of their travels with friends on their return home and in this sense the gift works as an ambassador for the region. The jury found the product to be very original, interesting and sustainable.


The Coffe Bean Pouch is decorated with the Thobe Al Mujanab pattern and all the colors are derived from the coffee tree, its flowers, fruits, and leaves.

The fabric is the color of the flowers of the coffee trees. The green thread is the color of the leaves. The colors Red, Pink and Yellow are the colors of the Coffee fruit Gradations. The color Gold represents the color of the Coffee.

Handmade pouch crafted from linen fabric and cotton thread, the Pouch is used to present the Saudi coffee beans, cardamom, and cloves as a gift item.


Zainab Al Kulib

Zainab holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Diploma in Fine Arts. Additionally, she has a license from the Heritage Authority to practice a craft. Zainab is also a visual artist and craftswoman, specializing in creating portable gifts and miniatures inspired by heritage. The Saudi Coffee Bean Pouch is produced by Zainab Al Kulib.

Contact details:

The product can be purchased via mobile number and WhatsApp currently +966507330110

– 2nd Prize –

Flavours of Latitude Iche

By producers on the Latitude Iche Route

Flavours of Latitude Iche won the hearts of the jury for demonstrating an exemplary collaboration of different food producers. The jury appreciated the gift’s connectedness to the territory it comes from, clearly shown through the gift box that includes a map of the Latitude Iche food route, signalling where each of the products can be found along the trail. Many of the products included in the box are excellent and unique, with a distinctive taste.  Furthermore, the jury loved that the box clearly indicated the gifts are from Manabí and that each jar was branded with the Iche label.


Latitude Iche unites products, landscapes, dishes and traditions from the north coast of Manabí. The products you’ll find in this box represent Latitude Iche’s experiences that bring together farmers, cooks and entrepreneurs of our gastronomic route. Just as the equator unites the north and the south, at Latitude Iche tradition meets creativity as well as the pleasure and desire to contribute to the transformation of a territory.

Homemade annatto paste – From the depths of the Canoa River, the experience of dairy and chili brings us this product, the achiote paste, which is the color, life, and seasoning of countless traditional preparations. Its culinary use is part of the identity of the people settled in this territory for thousands of years.

Salprieta – Considered the DNA of Manabita identity, it is a product, marinade, accompaniment, flavor enhancer, and the joy of a people who sustain their diet with the 5 ingredients that make up the salprieta: peanuts, corn, achiote, chillangua, and sea salt. It is the essential product in the Manabita pantry, no matter the latitude.

Mananí – This peanut butter is the sweet expression of innovation with identity. The design and creation of this gianduja are based on characterizing and rescuing the varieties of peanuts, the main ingredient of Manabita gastronomy combined with the best local chocolate, which Ichelab proposes to create virtuous value chains.

Coconut honey – Surrounded by a lacework of palm trees, the Cojimíes peninsula is the stage for the coconut experience. Amidst these majestic palms, Sebastián R. and Liobo S. take care of the beehives that pollinate the coconut palm flowers, producing a honey with unique profiles and dark amber colors, with notes of coconut and vanilla.

Milk candy – The dairy experience provides us with a link to the regenerative livestock farming at Rancho Mila. It is in one of their products where the texture and quality of their dulce de leche allow us to perceive the friendly management and the product of happy cows.

Guava jam – From the banks of the Chone-Carrizal estuary, part of the seafood experience on the route, lush guava trees grow in the garden of Saiananda Eco Lodge. They transform it into a delicious jam made with organic panela.

Corazón del Chocó Chocolate – Cacao has its oldest gastronomic uses in the Manabí coast, and in the mountains of the Mache Chindul reserve, Heart of the Chocó (Corazón del Chocó) emerges, a bean-to-bar proposal that puts the heartbeat of the legendary criollo cacao trees grown by Jasmany and his family into each bar.

Smoked peanut oil – Peanuts, a key superfood in the most identity-rich recipes of Manabi gastronomic heritage, did not yet have their own premium oil. IcheLab has developed peanut oils flavored with the tastes and aromas of the manabita countryside. This oil enriches any bite thanks to its versatility and deep flavors of Manabí.

Pechiche and coffee jam – From the whimsical mountains of Jama, which are serenaded by their river and are the perfect setting for the cultivation of specialty Sachimor coffee. This coffee blends its landscape with the “pechiche” tree, which blooms in lilac and produces a berry annually, announcing abundance and aromas of preserves and fortified wines. This sweet treat recalls the identity of Manabí, which achieves the impossible by cultivating high-altitude coffee just a few meters above sea level.


Farmers, cooks, producers and entrepreneurs alongside the Latitude Iche gastronomic route.

– 3rd Prize –

Dry-stone hut (Casserole dish with a lid)

The jury found this gift inspired by the dry-stone huts of the Talaiotic Menorca, as an elegant serving plate with a refined lid. They appreciated the further element of surprise by which, running a spoon around the elaborate edging, makes the same sounds as the bells of the sheep grazing in Menorca’s pastures. The uniqueness of this gift and its connectedness with the region, compelled the jury to select it as the third prize winner.


Set of dishes with lid designed for the presentation of the traditional Menorcan recipe Panadera de be, in an innovative version of it. When serving this dish, the first thing we see is a dry-stone hut. The dry-stone hut is a construction that we can find in many places in Minorca, which served to shelter the livestock from the strong wind and bad weather. Once we lift this hut, we find the dish, which collects the food surrounding it with the also typical dry-stone wall (inscribed in 2018 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity). This set was designed and created for the presentation of this traditional Minorcan dish, designed together with young chef Joan Caballo, who brought a clear idea of what he wanted to convey with this dish. Our job was to shape his ideas, creating a functional, harmonious design that also conveyed everything that the client asked of us. Built by hand, both the dish and the lid are made on the lathe and shaped in detail one by one.

The material used is stoneware and decorated with a proprietary glaze, all fired at high temperature (1260ºC).


Marc Marcet

Marc Marcet, certified ceramist in Technical Ceramics and Higher Technician in Plastic Arts and Design in Artistic Ceramics. With a long trajectory in the world of ceramics since 2005, where he pursued his studies at the Escola d’Arts i Oficis de Vic, followed by working in other workshops until he set up his own. Currently, he runs a ceramic workshop in the village of Ferreries, inland Minorca, together with his partner, Cristina Bosch. In the workshop, you will find a shop space with utilitarian pieces, decorative items and artistic works. From the shop, one can see the entire workspace, the lathes, work tables, kilns… and how they work. The focus of this workshop is on production and design, both of their own pieces and external projects. Their production is small, all made by them, in an artisanal manner, paying attention to every detail throughout the process.

Contact details:
Addresses: Carrer Reverend Guillem Coll, 3407750 Ferreries, Illes Balears
Phone: +34 636 82 70 75

Where to buy:

– Best Luxury Item –

Saudi Khawlani coffee collection

The jury loved this elegant hand-crafted wooden box mimicking the local landscape and including two beautifully designed cups, spoons and a shelf for coffee capsules. They found the product to be of a very high standard and beautifully crafted with great skill, and therefore a perfect luxury item to be found in a five star or boutique hotel.


The Saudi Khawlani coffee collection is a set of pottery cups that comes enclosed in a walnut wooden box inspired by the terrain of Mount Talan. Artisans carved its heights and depths to carry the green gold (coffee). The design of the coffee cups is inspired by the shape of the fruit, and the capsules are placed closely together to resemble the way coffee fruits are naturally arranged on their branches.


Morooj AlShatery

Morooj AlShatery is a Saudi ceramic artist, graduated in Islamic Arts in 2013, is a visual artist and founder of the Kiramus Studio for ceramic arts. It’s a brand dedicated to ceramics and its various fields, especially those reflecting Islamic art and Saudi heritage, established since 2016. The artist has participated in numerous local and international art and craft exhibitions and has contributed to opening lines of production, training, and importing/exporting handmade ceramic products.

The Saudi Artisanal Company is a government company affiliated with the Heritage Authority, and one of the Quality of Life programs, aims to highlight the culture and rich heritage of the Kingdom. It aspires to lead in artisanal production and handicrafts, empowering Saudi designers and artisans, and enhancing the presence of high-quality Saudi crafts locally and globally.

The company focuses on empowering artisans through engagement, supporting their production, enhancing the artisanal system, and providing suitable channels for marketing artisanal products. It also focuses on developing and highlighting high-quality artisanal products rooted in Saudi culture and authentic heritage, through innovative methodologies and sustainable partnerships.


Contact details:
Email: online contact form

Where to buy:

– Best Tasting –

Organic Balsamic Aromatic Vinegars

The jury found that the three wonderfully aromatic vinegar products included in the gift box are suitable for gourmet food lovers. They enjoyed this product very much and thus awarded it Best Tasting. They also appreciated the choice of elegant bottles, the branding and labelling, and they felt the price was reasonable given the quality of the product.


Masia Still, estate and winery, is located in Alt Penedès, a region known throughout the world for its extensive vineyards. They produce vinegars from organic white grapes from the Penedès, with double fermentation, incorporating infusions of aromatic wild products that they collect in the Catalan Pyrenees as boletus or thyme and cocoa.

The infusions are long processes, carefully developed in their cellar, in which the essences are extracted in a natural way, preserving the subtle sensory characteristics of the selected wild species. These essences give character and uniqueness to each of their vinegars, preserving the delicacy of traditional knowledge.


Masia Still

Masia Still was born in 2018 as the personal project of Sandra Buján and Antoni Murugó. Graduates in pharmacy and engineering respectively, they work in the pharmaceutical and renewable energy sectors. With an entrepreneurial spirit, they are passionate about new challenges.

They are great vinegar lovers, having grown up among the vineyards and nature that have become an integral part of their lives. Their love for the land has led them to create a project that combines sustainability, innovation and quality.

“We love science and respect the land,” the two essential ingredients to achieve ecological and radical elaborations where tradition and creativity are in harmony.


Contact details:
Address: C/ Serra d’Or 17 08776 Sant Pere Riudebitlles Barcelona, España
Phone: +34 684 41 49 36

Where to buy:

– Best Promotion of the Region –

AlSuwaiqah Basket Set

By Hanan Issa Al-Qahtani

The jury particularly enjoyed the gift’s concept of taking a local recipe home to cook and found that the product was surprisingly true to the taste of the region. They liked the gift’s presentation in an artisanal basket, tied with a colourful scarf containing a mat and sealed glass jars with the ingredients to make a traditional dish from Aseer. Furthermore, the jury saw the product as a great example of story-telling around food products in the region.


The basket is intricately woven from long, dried palm tree leaves. Within, you’ll find 4 glass jars containing barley powder, honey, ghee, and dates. The basket also includes a bark fibre mat, wooden spoons, and your choice of either a glass bowl or a clay pottery bowl.


Hanan Issa Al-Qahtani

Fine artist and craftsman Hanan Issa Al-Qahtani is from Ahad Rafidah Governorate and holds local and international certifications in fine arts and handicrafts. She’s licensed by the Heritage Authority and actively exhibits her works in various venues, including exhibitions, festivals, municipalities, clubs, and cities.

Contact details:

The product can be purchased via mobile number and WhatsApp: +966534604247

– Best Innovation on Tradition –

Crocantessa – The Krokant of Lošinj

The gift is an excellent example of how tradition can be packaged as a wonderful quality, tasty and original food gift. The jury found that the Crocantessa has a unique taste and texture and it invites the user to have an experiences in the breaking of the sweet before tasting it. They appreciated the product design and especially liked the fact that the gift is light to travel and very reasonably priced.


The Krokant of Lošinj is a festive dainty of Lošinj’s captains. It is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. At the peak of every celebration, a Krokant is broken, traditionally with a sword. CROCANTESSA, the Krokant of Lošinj is handmade in the traditional manner.

Since the golden age of Lošinj’s sailships, Krokant has been a luxurious sweet prepared for the most festive occasions. At the time when cane sugar was still a precious novelty from overseas, this almond brittle was prepared in the wealthy households of Lošinj’ seamen, boatbuilders and traders, usually for large family celebrations: weddings, christenings and anniversaries.

The technique of caramelisation and making of croquant spread across the Mediterranean at the time of trade expansion with South America. It arrived with cane sugar on the island of Lošinj during the 18th century. Here the technique was refined, and a new, specific manner of making brittle was created, requiring particular craft and strength.


The Krokant of Lošinj is prepared of sugar and unpeeled almonds, finely chopped but not ground. A typical Krokant of Lošinj is made of thin sheets rolled with a wooden roller until delicate and fragile. These thin sheets are suitable for shaping the decorations, bows and columns needed for building Krokant cake. This requires significant craft and speed, for the brittle can be shaped only while hot. CROCANTESSA, the Krokant of Lošinj, is made traditionally, entirely by hand.


At the peak of every celebration, the Krokant that is displayed throughout the event is bound to be broken for good luck, traditionally with a sword. At weddings and wedding anniversaries, the sword is held together by the bride and broom, while on other occasions, it is the celebrant alone breaking the Krokant. The more pieces, the more luck there to come!

Maintenance of the tradition and the craft of making the Krokant was preserved by the seamen’s wives, artistically envisioned with the sculpture „Addio” in Čikat Bay and incorporated into our packaging as a tribute.


Mark the occasion and celebrate your special events by breaking the Krokant of Lošinj. Gift yourself and your loved ones a moment to remember as a special occasion or a souvenir from Lošinj. And don’t forget to break it for good luck!

In the absence of a sword, a simple spoon will do.

Since the age of Lošinj’s captains, the Krokant of Lošinj has been an indispensable part of marking every significant event on the island and the peak of family celebrations. CROCANTESSA, the Krokant of Lošinj, is a perfect gift for special occasions and a must-have souvenir from the island of Lošinj.


Moby Dick Gelateria & Pasticceria

Moby Dick Gelateria & Pasticceria has been a local favourite meeting point in Mali Lošinj for the past 40 years. All generations meet here over coffee and daily fresh cakes or handmade artisanal ice cream, available throughout the year. Our family is deeply connected to the island and traditions of Lošinj, which is incorporated in our logo, Tradizione Lussignana. Besides decades of dancing in local folklore ensemble Manfrina, we sing in a local choir and eagerly participate in carnival and every other local event. We believe it is important to keep the local tradition alive. In the spirit of that belief, the Krokant of Lošinj CROCANTESSA is our attempt to preserve local heritage and bring it forward to your attention. Packaged in a box suitable for travel, you can take a piece of the island’s tradition and gift it to your loved ones.


Contact details:
Address: Obala Maršala Tita 19, 51551, Veli Lošinj, Croatia
Phone: +38598814765

Where to buy:
Gelateria & Pasticceria MOBY DICK, Mali Lošinj: Ul. Vladimira Gortana 38, 51550, Mali Lošinj, Croatia
Gelateria & Pasticceria MOBY DICK Veli Lošinj: Obala Maršala Tita 19, 51551, Veli Lošinj, Croatia
Gelateria MOBY DICK Nerezine: Ul. Vjekoslava Spinčića 4, 51554, Nerezine, Croatia
GASTRO CROATIA, Mali Lošinj: Priko ul. 16, 51550, Mali Lošinj, Croatia

– Best Contemporary Interpretation and Design –

Date bowl

This beautifully crafted date bowl with traditional design and a lovely wooden lid, impressed the jury as an elegant coffee table piece and very symbolic of Saudi life. They appreciated the great skill and high-quality manufacturing of the product, and found it is strongly connected to the history and traditions of the region, while at the same time very contemporary.


The first form of Saudi hospitality is to open our doors for our guests, to welcome them into our homes. Each region of the kingdom has its distinct and unique doors, featuring their own decorations and shapes, drawn from the cultural elements of the region. The ceramic date bowl with tamarisk wood lid we present is inspired by patterns from doors designs found in Asir, using them as a symbol of generosity, of our land and our souls, to serve dates to our guests with warmth and welcome.


Abdulrahman Ibrahim Al-Aboudi

Abdulrahman Ibrahim Al-Aboudi was born in Al-Muznib Governorate in Al-Qassim. He studied Mechanical Maintenance Engineering technology in Jubail. He taught himself carpentry as a hobby while working full-time at a factory in Al-Kharj. His passion and love for the field grew, leading him to turn his hobby into a professional career. Today, he owns a specialized workshop in fine wooden products with a team of 4 employees, and he continues to strive for the professional development and enhancement of the craft.

The Saudi Artisanal Company is a government company affiliated with the Heritage Authority, and one of the Quality of Life programs, aims to highlight the culture and rich heritage of the Kingdom. It aspires to lead in artisanal production and handicrafts, empowering Saudi designers and artisans, and enhancing the presence of high-quality Saudi crafts locally and globally.

The company focuses on empowering artisans through engagement, supporting their production, enhancing the artisanal system, and providing suitable channels for marketing artisanal products. It also focuses on developing and highlighting high-quality artisanal products rooted in Saudi culture and authentic heritage, through innovative methodologies and sustainable partnerships.


Contact details:
Email: online contact form

Where to buy:

– Best Use of Local Materials –

Tray with Ace of Clubs

This gift won the category Best Use of Local Materials, because it is made with the lava stone from Mount Etna in Sicily, the colour of which can be appreciated in the design elements. The jury particularly liked the shape and size of this product, that is strong and perfect for transportation, as well as the creativity within the design.


The tray is part of Magda Masano’s Lavastone collection. A collection that translates into form and function a set of local suggestions, including the black of lava stone, the colours of the sea, the colours of the earth, and the warmth of the sun. The raw and natural lava stone from Mount Etna, the famous volcano that stands as a symbol of Catania and Sicily in general, is worked with a detailed artisanal process. Finishing and ceramization are done manually, dedicating attention and care to each individual object. These are unique pieces full of volcanic energy and the delicate atmosphere of Sicily.

The tray is a flat cutting board in natural lava stone from Etna and painted ceramic depicting the ace of clubs, one of the cards in the traditional Sicilian deck. In Sicily, cards are a very popular pastime among families and friends, but they are also a significant element of the cultural identity of the region.

Consisting of 40 cards, the Sicilian deck is divided into four suits of 10 cards each: cups, swords, gold, and clubs. The cards are characterized by brightly colored decorations and drawings depicting either human figures, animals and different objects. In the traditional iconography, each one of them has a specific symbolic meaning. In this case, the ace of clubs represents strength and power.


Folk – Magda Masano

Folk is a brand created by Magda Masano. The primary characteristic of each Folk piece is the manual work carried out with an artisanal vocation and an art of know-how that has been handed down for three generations of stone craftsmen and for 40 years. Her family’s company, Masano Marmi was created by her father, building on her grandfather’s workshops who used to work marble and other types of stones to provide finishes both for monuments and private homes.

In 2009 Magda started working in her family’s company and soon set up a mini-ceramics workshop as part of it. She then created the Folk brand and opened a Folk concept store. Today, lava stone is still an important material in her work that, over the years, has come to include a wider variety of other materials.

With a strong know-how and artisanal vocation, Magda is continuously looking for solutions that combine the aesthetics of the raw material with the functionality of the form. Moved by passion, competence and spirit of innovation, she places research at the center of her action as a compass to indicate the route. In her work, Sicily is the undisputed protagonist. In her words: “Sicily, a leading actress over time, a land of strong visual contradictions, vivid colors and centuries-old traditions, actively influences gesture, action and is a source of perpetual inspiration.”

Contact details:
Address: Via San Michele, 17/19, 95131 Catania, Italy
Email: online contact form
Phone: + 39 392 2075505

Where to buy:

– Most Sustainable Packaging –

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (PGI)

The jury really enjoyed this delicious olive oil product and found it has a reasonable price for the wonderful quality it offers. They were impressed with the ceramic bottle as a recipient that can be reused and helps keeping the local tradition of ceramics alive. The jury awarded this product as Most Sustainable Packaging as the outer packaging is made of cardboard and is therefore sustainable and recyclable. They also noted that the packaging clearly shows what the product is and where it comes from.


This olive oil is produced on the island of Rhodes using a special variety of olives, called coroneiki. The limited resources of this variety along with its cultivation techniques result in an olive oil that is rich in both nutrients and taste. It is characterized by a slightly strong fruity aroma (with notes of fresh grass, herbs and tomato) and a mild yet spicy taste, things that make it ideal for everyday consumption.

The bottle of the extra virgin olive oil is made of ceramic, an ancient yet dying traditional art (ceramic art) of Rhodes.



NATURA RODOS is an evolution of Kallas family earlier occupation in the primary sector (dating from 1959), the operation of traditional cold pressed oil mill, which produced extra virgin olive oil in the village of Theologos, Rhodes.

The love and passion that emerged in these decades of mill operation has created the ambition to promote Rhodian extra virgin olive oil in the local and international markets with the NATURA RODOS brand. Therefore, at the end of the 90s, the Kallas family started the standardisation and promotion of the oil, which now can be found in selected outlets on the island. Alongside the launch of the standardisation process, in 1999 the company completed the acquisition and renovation of an old Italian farmhouse located near the old Italian village of Peveragno, where they established the NATURA RODOS SHOP.

Contact details:
Address: Ano Kalamonas, 85106 Rhodes, Greece
Phone: +30 6972259436

Where to buy:
Physical shops in Greece

Our Jury

Karoly Szabo

Károly Szabó


Dr. Reham Mashat

Dr. Reham Mashat

Saudi Arabia

The World Food Gift Challenge 2024 was organised by IGCAT and hosted by