Last week, the board of the International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) had a very positive meeting in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona). The board were excited about the ERG concept, and also came up with some interesting ideas for developing it further. IGCAT has agreed to support the development of the programme together with the other regional partners. IGCAT will now seek a regional partner in Catalonia to join the project.
We also had a meeting this week with the Mayor of Den Bosch and the new Director of the AgriFood Capital in the North East Brabant region. North East Brabant, together with the wider North Brabant region has agreed to provide seed funding for the first meeting of the group. This will hopefully take place in March 2014. We will get back to you with an update early in the New Year.
In the meantime, the board and secretariat of IGCAT wish all the best for the Christmas holidays!