Slovenia wins the title European Region of Gastronomy 2021

Taste Slovenia

The International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) has confirmed Slovenia will become European Region of Gastronomy 2021. The official title will be awarded to Slovenia at a ceremony to be held on 8 October within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities this year in Brussels, which will give Slovenia additional attention.

As a candidate for the title, Slovenia hosted a panel of IGCAT experts from 17-20 July. They checked the country's gastronomic offer, met with the representatives of 16 stakeholders who joined the project, and got acquainted with the book titled »Taste Slovenia« (edited by prof. dr Janez Bogataj) which Slovenia had to produce as part of the candidacy.

Photo: STB Archives

Impressive cooperation between various stakeholders

During their visit, the expert commission met in separate thematic groups (education, agriculture, tourism, culture) with representatives of all 16 stakeholders who joined the project. They were particularly impressed by their cooperation in the preparation and implementation of the ERG 2021 nomination and their commitment to focusing on increasing the quality of life, education in the field of healthy and sustainable living, and the sustainable development of gastronomy.

Project partners - Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, Slovenian Tourist Board, Chamber of Tourism and Hospitality, Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia, Tourism Ljubljana, Tourist Association Portorož, the Maribor- Pohorje Tourist Board, the Tourist Association of Slovenia, the Higher Technical School for Catering and Tourism Maribor, the University of Primorska, Local Activity Group of Istria and the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum - presented their projects related to the candidacy to the expert commission.

All projects are also presented in the book »Taste Slovenia«, which, in addition to the projects of the participating partners, also describes the gastronomic specialties of Slovenia and their protection, beekeeping, the connection of gastronomy with tourism, as well as the strategy of gastronomy development in connection with sustainability, innovation, education and integration at various levels, with active involvement of citizens.

Prof. dr Janez Bogataj, Director of Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak and Eva Štraus Podlogar, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology with the other project partners. Photo: STB Archives

Text by Tanja Glogovčan
Source: Slovenian Tourist Board