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From 15 to 17 September 2022 Gaziantep, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, hosted the 4th edition of the “Gastroantep International Gastronomy Festival”, an event organized by the Municipality as part of its action plan towards implementing the UCCN mission. After two years of interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Gastroantep International Gastronomy Festival” brought together several actors and stakeholders from the cultural and creative sector, especially in the gastronomy industry, such as culinary federations and chefs as...
On the occasion of the sixth anniversary of its designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, Rasht (Iran), hosted several events and activities aimed at celebrating Rashti cuisine as well as strengthening the cooperation with other Creative Cities in the country.  The celebrations, held on 11 December, included the unveiling ceremony of the ‘forgotten food’ of Guilan province, where different types of traditional Rashti food were presented, including the cooking method and ingredients, the benefits and properties of...
On the occasion of World Food Day (16 October), Parma, (Italy) a Creative City of Gastronomy, organized two events to celebrate sustainable Gastronomy, respectively the “Startup weekend” and the one-day “Healthy, Social, Sustainable”. Exploring networking, professional and entrepreneurial growth, and urban and regional development, the “Startup Weekend” aimed at transforming business ideas into concrete projects. Held in Parma from 15 to 17 October 2021, this year’s edition offered  innovators,...
From 14 to 17 October, Afyonkarahisar (Turkey), a Creative City of Gastronomy, will host the 3rd International GastroAfyon Tourism and Taste Festival filled with entertaining educational and artistic activities, interviews and workshops and most importantly delicious food.  The event will bring together exceptional local and global chefs with the goal of attracting a variety of attendees, from university students, press representatives to food critics. A broad experience of Afyonkarahisar's cultural richness will...
On 2 October, Parma (Italy), a Creative City of Gastronomy, organized ‘The excellence of Made in Italy and the recovery of the territories’ symposium, in collaboration with the city of Como (Italy), a candidate city of Crafts and Folk Art. Hosted as part of  the “Mercanteinfiera”, an international fair dedicated to modernism, antiques and collectables, the symposium explored the synergies and interactions between different creative fields, namely gastronomy and textile crafts and their role in the recovery from...
  On 11 and 12 September 2021, to celebrate its longstanding culinary tradition, Östersund (Sweden), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2017, hosted the Harvest gastronomic festival.   This year, the annual Harvest festival saw more than twenty local farmers open their farms to the public and invited visitors to experience the region’s gastronomic traditions and explore its culinary history. Offering the opportunity to taste genuine local products, such as freshly harvested vegetables, charcuterie, cheese, bread...
On 26 May, Bergen (Norway), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, organized the Bergen International Summit, with a special focus on the “Power of Arts and Culture in Transformation”. Recognizing the importance of culture during the pandemic as well as in line with the Network’s mission and objectives, the 2021 edition of the Summit had a central focus on culture and arts, and how their innovative and creative values can drive sustainable development. In this context, the event questioned the function of arts and culture as...
Belo Horizonte (Brazil), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2019, will organize a week-long Hackathon themed “Solutions for the creative economy” from 17 to 24 May. The Hackathon will aim to provide support and concrete solutions to the local creative and cultural sectors, particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Hackathon, participants will be presented with specific challenges and scenarios related to the recovery of the creative economy. Based on these scenarios, participants will be invited to develop...
As part of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit, San Antonio (United States of America), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2017, will convene on 22 May a local Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogue themed “Exploring the Local Food System Challenges...
Parma (Italy), a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, will organize online the third “Italian Youth Forum” on 27 March. The forum aims to engage in a dialogue with youth on sustainable development challenges and to discuss on the innovative solutions to be devised to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recognizing the power of youth and young generations towards building sustainable and resilient societies, the 2021 edition will focus on five main topics related to sustainable development: culture, environment, food,...