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State secretary at the ceremony awarding Slovenia the title of European Region of Gastronomy 2021

Ljubljana, 8 October 2018 – State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Tanja Strniša attended the award ceremony in Brussels at which the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) awarded Slovenia the title of the European Region of Gastronomy 2021. Slovenia will thus join the ten European regions that have already received this award. The purpose of the title and the European Region of Gastronomy Platform is to promote characteristic food culture, educate about healthy eating habits and sustainability, and stimulate innovations in gastronomy.

At today's ceremony, State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Tanja Strniša emphasised that we have joined the initiative because we firmly believe that we can present the essence of our country through gastronomy. What we eat, how we produce and prepare food, and how we value it is part of our cultural identity, tradition and way of life. With the title of European Region of Gastronomy 2021, we will be able to share all this with visitors, tourists and neighbours at the local and international levels.

Slovenian gastronomy has developed through the history. Slovenian dishes include local ingredients: from field and garden crops to ingredients gathered in meadows or woods, from salt produced in the most northerly Adriatic saltpans to honey gathered by native bees, from wine drunk here since ancient times to healthy mineral waters around whose sources famous spas were built centuries ago. Many of these products have geographical designation protected in the EU (Teran, Kranjska klobasa, Štajersko prekmursko bučno olje, Prekmurska gibanica and Tolminc, among others). With the European Region of Gastronomy project we will promote sustainable development and local self-sufficiency and help in the integration of rural and urban areas. In 2021 Slovenia will also hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will be another opportunity to promote Slovenian culinary delights and wine.

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