The intangible cultural heritage of food is an enormous yet underestimated resource. Central European cities and regions use gastronomy to promote tourism but hardly ever as a resource that can leverage environmental sustainability and social integration. The SlowFood-CE project will improve the capacities of local actors to valorise the intangible heritage of food in line with a vision of integrated economic, environmental and social sustainability. The project connects public and private actors from five central European cities to promote the ‘new gastronomy of slow food’ concept.
Slow Food is a multidisciplinary approach to food recognising strong connections between plate, planet, and people. The project will develop a model and various tools for the valorisation of traditional food and gastronomic cultural heritage. The partners will jointly test SlowFood-CE solutions in diverse urban spaces like heritage buildings, public markets, schools, historic and peri-urban rural districts. SlowFood-CE project activities will demonstrate how gastronomic cultural heritage can be integrated into relevant urban sector policies.
PILOT ACTIONS AND INVESTMENT
To test innovative, community-led solutions for the promotion of gastronomic heritage in public spaces, five pilot actions will be launched. The pilot actions target specific features of the partner cities’ gastronomy, their roots and cultural offers, and apply the sustainability principles embedded in the Slow Food philosophy.
One pilot investment is planned for the creation of local products discovery routes to promote the gastronomic heritage of the Venetian Lagoon.
A new gastronomy: This was the central theme of three days of training held in Krakow at the start of February as part of the SlowFood-CE: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food project, funded by the European Union.
Cheese 2017 in Bra, Italy, is the location for a meeting between 11 partners from five European Union member states (Italy, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) to officially launch Slow Food Central Europe, a project financed by the EU program Interreg Central Europe.
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