Coimbra Region is the European Region of Gastronomy awarded in 2021-2022


    Considered the cradle of the most beloved traditions of Portugal, the Region of Coimbra is located in the centre of the country and includes different landscapes. The inland is mountainous, whereas over to the coast we find plains bordering the extensive beaches. The gastronomy of the region of Coimbra is vast, including fish dishes of river and sea, meats and conventual sweets, which promise to please all palates! Based on the richness of the products of the land, we mix all the ingredients offered in an excellent tourist recipe, linking the territory with its exquisite flavours and unique foods, being this one of the best incentives to start discovering the culture and the identity of this region. In the region of Coimbra, we see gastronomy not only as a culinary art, but also as knowledge, involving producers, consumers, professionals, students, amateurs and … tourists!

    About the European Region of Gastronomy

    Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy from Europe, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness and share the long-term aim to: promote a better quality of life in European regions; highlight distinctive food cultures; educate for better health and sustainability; nurture creativity; improve tourism standards; and stimulate gastronomic innovation.

    About IGCAT

    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 aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating, and supporting leaders in regions to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.

    IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the European Region of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Food Experiences of the Year and the Food Film Festivals project.

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