Gastronomic Cities: City strategy on gastronomy as a tool for tourism and employment development is a Pilot Transfer Network within the framework of URBACT programme. The network, with 14 months of duration (starting in December 2013 and finishing in March 2015), involves 5 European cities through its municipalities: Fermo (Italy), Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain), Alba Iulia (Romania) and Korydallos (Greece), leaded by the city of Burgos (Spain).
Gastronomic Cities identified as a good practice the experience developed by the city of Burgos setting Gastronomy as a strategic axis of tourism in the local agenda, facing the lack of territorial differentiation/positioning of the city as a tourist destination. Elements as the quality of local products, innovation and creativity, citizenship, public-private partnerships, research, city marketing… have been crucial components of the strategy. Taking into account that all territories have the mentioned gastronomic elements and resources (as well as professionals) to discover as well as tourism resources, Gastronomic Cities aims to validate that the generation of culinary tourism as a transforming element of a territory is extensible to other places.
The main goal is the transfer of the “gastronomic” good practice to the cities participating in the network, through a full programme to exchange and learn from one another, from 3 different angles: Validating and improving the identified good practice, identifying key elements of success for the transfer, and exploring new ways of transnational cooperation.
For this purpose, the Gastronomic Cities exchange and learning process, will be working in two levels:
– At the local level, involving the relevant stakeholders in the development and implementation of an Action Plan, through a participatory approach.
– At the transnational level, through a mutual learning approach where policy makers and local stakeholders will participate in transnational events, staff exchanges, and peer review milestones, that will allow them to be trained and deeply informed, and will enhance the local scenery.
This Project is co-financed by European Regional Development Fund ERDF in the framework of URBACT II Operational Programme.