European Regions of Gastronomy 2019 Announced

The title of European Region of Gastronomy 2019 was recommended to be given to two bidding regions, South Aegean (Greece) and Sibiu (Romania), on Thursday 29 September 2016 at the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu. The announcement took place during the 9th ERG Platform Meeting.

The international jury comprising of IGCAT experts was presided by Blanca Cros from the Catalan Tourist Agency (Spain), and included Peter Astrup, Central Denmark Region (Denmark); Anna Blaua, Delightfully Delicious Destination Project at Riga Tourism Development Bureau (Latvia); Alfred van Mameren, Province of Noord-Brabant (Netherlands); Ilona Sares, ProAgria North-Savo (Finland).

The jury was impressed wih the work undertaken by both candidates regions in preparing and presenting their bids, and they remarked:

  • how they managed to integrate the diferent focus areas of the European Region of Gastronomy very well into their programme;
  • the obvious gastronomic strengths on which to implement their programmes;
  • how they have showbn a strong commitment from the regional partners to the programme;
  • a good stakeholder base with representatives from public, private, third sector and universities.


The jury formulated its recommendations to each of the two regions, advising them to:

  • think about more activities to promote collaboration between SMEs at European level, particularly taking advantatge of the linkages that could be established;
  • consider how will they ensure that pride is taken in the event by local people;
  • plan how they will work with all the European Region og Gastronomy Platform regions on collaborative marketing.
  • present good qualitative as well as quantitative indicators;
  • clarify how they will use the budget for their programmes.

In addition, it was recommended that Sibiu,

  • have to give more attention to innovation and agriculture involving large scale companies;
  • link programs, events and others actions regarding the focus areas and objectives to give more clarity.

IGCAT’s board will approve the jury decision in November 2016 and an official award ceremony will take place at a ceremony to be held in early 2017.


IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) organises the award with the support of European institutions. IGCAT  (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism 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.

About the European Region of Gastronomy

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 gastronomic innovation. Candidate regions are invited to join a knowledge-exchange platform of European regions in order to further cross-border collaborations and develop shared initiatives.

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