EUREGA delegation comes to Catalonia to learn about best practices in gastronomy
Catalonia is hosting the Interregional Exchange Visit of the EUREGA project (EUropean REgions of GAstronomy) from 26 to 29 March in Barcelona and Bages. The meeting will focus in particular on the intersection between gastronomy and education and the Catalan experience in this area.
It brings together 25 representatives from various major institutions in seven European countries to learn about, analyse and discuss some of the best practices carried out in Catalonia. A number of innovative experiences to raise awareness of the values of gastronomy in all spheres and through various centres have made Catalonia a benchmark in this field. The working sessions will focus on analysing these experiences and their impact on gastronomy-related activity, as well as on driving and creating opportunities for the agri-food industry and local production.
The working sessions will also look at the implementation of the Public Procurement Food Plan of Catalonia, the Regional Ministry of Health PAAS programme on improving health through physical activity and diet, as well as a host of experiences aimed at fostering healthy eating through school dinners.
PRODECA (Promoter of Catalan Food), as one of the nine EUREGA consortium partners, organised the meeting and designed the working sessions.
Catalonia, a point of reference in gastronomy and education
Leading projects in gastronomy innovation, training and dissemination will be presented at the EUREGA Interregional Exchange Meeting, including:
- CETT International School - a tourism, hospitality and gastronomy education and knowledge transfer centre. The CETT is affiliated with the University of Barcelona. It offers training and studies at all levels (vocational, postgraduate and adult education for professionals, and bespoke courses for companies) using its own educational model with a team of teachers and professionals that combines academic rigour and extensive experience, and the search for specialist knowledge in hospitality and tourism.
- The ALÍCIA FOUNDATION, a cooking, produce and culinary process research centre to improve diet through local food and gastronomic heritage.
- LABULLIGRAFIA, Ferran Adrià's disruptive project to creatively audit the El Bulli restaurant, organising its historical archive as an exhibition format using the Sapiens methodology to understand the vast legacy of knowledge, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship left by Ferran Adrià and his team.
- The CULINARY INSTITUTE OF GASTRONOMY, a new cooking school aiming to transform the way we cook through an educational project to train professionals with innovative learning methodologies used in Silicon Valley that have been adapted to provide valuable solutions in which technology, creativity and innovation are key.
EUREGA, a project to highlight gastronomy in Catalan policies and strategies
In 2016, Catalonia was named European Region of Gastronomy. As a result of its experience with other European partners, in 2018 the EUREGA project was launched to run from 2018 to 2022.
The overarching aim of EUREGA is to incorporate and promote the importance and potential of gastronomy for strategies and policies at European, regional and national level, as an asset and distinctive feature of regional cultural identity and a driver of new economic development opportunities.
Gastronomy, local and regional food heritage is a common European cultural heritage and an important economic asset. Regional agri-food value chains and the cooperation they generate between various sectors, including the agri-food sector, tourism, hospitality and education, offer very significant potential for local development to tackle such complex challenges as the standardisation and impoverishment of food, and all related consequences, as a result of globalisation. In connection to this, EUREGA focuses on attaching value to the unique nature of gastronomic heritage as an area to be protected and promoted by public policies. These are the areas of work and goals that the nine partners involved in the EUREGA project have set out.
The members of the EUREGA programme are the municipality of s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), the provinceof Noord-Brabant (Netherlands), the body ProAgria Pohjois-Savo (Finland), the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (Ireland), South Aegean Region Development Agency - READ SA (Greece), Sibiu County Council (Romania), County Government of Hajdú-Bihar (Hungary), and Prodeca and IGCAT (Catalonia).