8 June 2014 – IGCAT and regional gastronomy

The latest version of the International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) newsletter has news of a recent meeting about regional gastronomy and its relationship with tourism, held in Portugal 29-30 May 2014, to explore  whether tourists are primarily interested in ‘authentic’ traditional cuisine or are attracted by innovation and new culinary ideas. The piece says:

‘With the designation of the “gastronomic meal of the French” as world intangible heritage by UNESCO, recognition of the importance of historic food cultures seems to have arrived. The heritage of nations and regions is not just bound up in bricks and mortar, but increasingly in the way in which we lead our everyday lives, including the way in which we prepare, eat and talk about food.’

The summary and follow-up might be of interest.




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