11 December 2020 – With the aim of valuing, safeguarding and promoting local gastronomy and regional endogenous products, Coimbra Region, European Region of Gastronomy 2021 is preparing its Traditional Gastronomy Book.
Led by the Intermunicipal Community of Coimbra Region, in partnership with the Municipalities that compose it and the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Coimbra, this initiative is intended to unveil and celebrate the secrets of local traditional knowledge and flavours, from a historical, ethnographic and social point of view.
A genuine and unique culinary collection, including recipes that have been transmitted orally through generations, the Traditional Gastronomy Book of Coimbra Region will be launched at the beginning of 2021 as a source of inspiration for new interpretations of the traditional gastronomy.
In the Region of Coimbra, gastronomy is not only interpreted as culinary art, but also as an important area of knowledge, a key element with the potential to aggregate local dynamics.
Under the motto A Million Food Stories, Coimbra Region is about to kick-start its programme as European Region of Gastronomy 2021, a challenge aimed to integrate the immense wealth of resources and endogenous products of the region to elaborate a meaningful offer of events and experiences related to local gastronomy, hospitality, culture and tourism.
The Traditional Gastronomy Book of Coimbra Region is a project co-financed under the Regional Center 2020 Programme.
About the Regions of Gastronomy Platform
Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness; stimulate creativity and gastronomic innovation; educate for better nutrition; improve sustainable tourism standards; highlight distinctive food cultures; and strengthen community well-being.
IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.
IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.
IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the Regions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.