Sicily’s delicacies presented to an international audience in Rome

Sicily’s delicacies presented to an international audience in Rome

30 May 2024 – Local delights from Sicily, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2025 were promoted in Rome in occasion of the IACS Community Exchange (ICE) Conference 2024 (28-30 May), an international annual meeting dedicated to sharing and discussing the best agricultural practices of EU Member States in the implementation of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) and its quality assessment.

During a gala night held on 29 May at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), attendees could enjoy several stands devoted to regional specialties from across Italy and 27 EU Member States. As for Sicily, the main protagonists were three certified quality cheeses: Pecorino Siciliano PDO, Piacentinu Ennese PDO, and Ragusano PDO that were paired with three top quality Sicilian wines.

Sicily’s product showcasing was carried out by DOS Sicilia (Association of Consortia of the Sicilian Denominations of Origin) and Irvo (Regional Institute of Wine and Oil) as part of the activities devoted to promote the European Region of Gastronomy 2025 title.

Sicily was officially awarded the title of European Region of Gastronomy 2025 by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) in recognition of their sustainable approach to agriculture and strong commitment to protecting local species and supporting traditional food production.

Sicily, European Region of Gastronomy 2025 candidacy and programme have been created by a cross-sectoral consortium including stakeholders from the public, private, third and knowledge sectors: the Department of Agriculture of Sicily Region; the DOS Sicilia Consortium (Sicilian Designation of Origin); the Consortium for the protection of Sicilian DOC wines; the Modica Chocolate Consortium; and a representation of local hospitality management institutes.

Photo credit: DOS Sicilia

About the European/World Regions of Gastronomy

Candidate and awarded World/European Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to strengthen food security through the celebration of distinctive food cultures; create employment by stimulating creativity and gastronomic innovation; nourish children and adults through culinary and cultural education; drive environmental sustainability in tourism, hospitality and agricultural sectors; support balance and sustainable tourism practices; highlight and support expertise from within rural and urban communities, creating connections and sharing good practises; and contribute to community health and well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to protect and promote distinct regional food, culture, arts and natural assets as part of sustainable and balanced tourism and development strategies. This is essential to safeguard our planet, health, wellness 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 founded the World/European Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World/European Regions of Gastronomy Platforms. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the World Food Gift Challenge, the Top Websites for Foodie Travelers Award and the international Food Film Menu.