06/21/2016

The 2018 European Regions of Gastronomy

The awards were given in Aarhus, nominated European Region of Gastronomy for 2017 together with East Lombardy and Riga, in addition to being European Capital of Culture.

On Monday, June 20th, in Denmark, the title of European Region of Gastronomy was given for 2018: Galway (West Ireland) and North Brabant (The Netherlands).

Last March 17th, after a careful analysis and evaluation of the various proposals, a panel of international experts expressed their favorable opinion.  Among these experts, Roberta Garibaldi, Scientific director of the project East Lombardy2017 European Regional of Gastronomy 2017 and Board member of IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism who examined the nominees evaluating them according to their relevance with the objectives of the international project.  In addition to the evaluation of the nominees by the panel, the regions were visited in order to check the requirements and the correspondence of the objectives shared by the international platform.

The awards were given by Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The award ceremony took place for a reason in the city of Aarhus, second largest city and second most important city culturally in Denmark, after Copenhagen, its capital.  Lively, dynamic, full of history, culture and natural beauty, Aarhus is considered one of the most ancient Scandinavian countries and is today a modern city with a university vocation and in 2017 it will be one of the European Regions of Gastronomy along with East Lombardy and Riga, in addition to being European Culture Capital.

This ideal liaison between culture and food prove show important the ERG project is, which, apart from the local objectives that each Region tries to achieve, favors firstly the development of a brand-new model of touristic development based on food which crosses important cultural experiences, in addition to the best practice exchange at an international level among the various regions involved.  

The case of East Lombardy, nominated 2017 European Region of Gastronomy presents some unique aspects since for the first time it features a particular model of territorial participation that involves all 4 of the large provinces – Brescia, Bergamo, Cremona and Mantua – united by the goal of creating a well-defined touristic product that counts on the development and praise of the wine and food product of excellence.  And to achieve this goal, this area can count on a full basket of certified products (and not only certified) in addition to 22 Michelin star restaurants in addition to dozens of excellent gourmet locations and experiences that are worth the journey. 

On Monday, June 20th, in Denmark, the title of European Region of Gastronomy was given for 2018: Galway (West Ireland) and North Brabant (The Netherlands).

In order to spread knowledge of the Italian project, a shared calendar of promotional initiatives in Italy and abroad is being laid out with the aim of creating a network with international realities, like in the last edition of BIT when a conference was organized by the University of Bergamo and East Lombardy partners with the participation of Riga and Aarhus, both nominated European Regions of gastronomy for 2017.  In the meantime, the important project ItalyLovesFood was launched at the Milano-Bergamo airport and represents a showcase for the Italian, and in particular Lombardy, food farming business, with special attention given to products coming from East Lombardy. The calendar of initiatives that will make of the selection of proposals and events, including culture and wine and food, that characterize the offer featured by ERG 2017 on the territories of the 4 provinces involved, will be released before the end of July.  

Commenting the participation in the ceremony that assigned the ERG 2018 titles in Denmark, Prof. Roberta Garialdi said: "Today I am in a city that will be the European Capital of Culture in 2017 and at the same time, European region of Gastronomy 2017, and this proves that these two areas are more and more complementary and functional for the development of the touristic product as a whole. A title like ERG has in its DNA a wider outlook with respect to the duration of the title itself.  The preparation that are made beforehand, the activities developed during the year of work and promotion assigned to each region, if structured well, can bring  long term concrete benefits to the territory starting from greater awareness that spreads among the residents themselves, residents that are asked to give a new positive interpretation to the qualities and points of excellence that characterize the place they live in,  in favor of the development of a new culture of hospitality.”