UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy Celebrate Sustainable Gastronomy Day
18 June now marks World Sustainable Gastronomy Day, which acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression linked to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. This gives countries and cities around the world an opportunity to celebrate gastronomy as a key lever for sustainable development through agricultural development, food security, nutrition, responsible food production and conservation of biodiversity.
The 26 Creative Cities of Gastronomy joined to the celebration and reaffirmed the need to garner world’s attention on the role of sustainable gastronomy towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. They joined forces to promote initiatives and best practices emphasizing the links between creativity and sustainable gastronomy. For example, Macao, China, produced a video showcasing local industry’s efforts towards responsible production and consumption patterns. Gaziantep through its Culinary Arts Training Center has launched an ‘Eid Cookie’ online photography contest. Buenaventura, Florianopolis and Parma focused on social media channels, conferences and other communication initiatives to increase awareness about the Day.