The Region of Gastronomy Award has captured the minds and hearts of many that see this is a pioneering effort to empower regions by supporting their food and cultural initiatives and providing a platform from which to promote regional diversity and richness.

The European Platform has quickly gained significant recognition, for example, we were able to present the awarded regions in EXPO Milan 2015 hosted by DG Growth of the European Commission and in 2016 we had a voice at the IFAMA World Conference where our network was publicly endorsed by European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan. Further to this, we have also received endorsements from DG Education and Culture and the Chair of the SEDEC Committee of the Council of Europe.

On 11 October 2017, in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, policy-makers and experts from six European Regions of Gastronomy gathered in a workshop organised by IGCAT in close cooperation with the Brabant and Finnish ERG-teams to discuss the significant role food and gastronomy can play in sustainable regional development.

IGCAT and its flagship Regions of Gastronomy Platform and Award was applauded at the 2nd UNESCO/UNWTO World Conference on Culture and Tourism, in Muscat, Oman 11-12 December 2017 as a leading initiative fostering sustainable cultural tourism development.