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Do you have what it takes to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy?

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The following list of criteria and characteristics serves as a guide for cities interested in joining the network as a City of Gastronomy:

  • Well-developed gastronomy that is characteristic of the urban centre and/or region;
  • vibrant gastronomy community with numerous traditional restaurants and/or chefs;
  • endogenous ingredients used in traditional cooking;
  • local know-how, traditional culinary practices and methods of cooking that have survived industrial/technological advancement;
  • traditional food markets and traditional food industry; 
  • tradition of hosting gastronomic festivals, awards, contests and other broadly-targeted means of recognition;
  • respect for the environment and promotion of sustainable local products;
  • nurturing of public appreciation, promotion of nutrition in educational institutions and inclusion of biodiversity conservation programmes in cooking schools curricula.

Appointed cities:


  • 27-07-2010
Dublin, Icheon, Östersund and Seoul designated as UNESCO Creative Cities
  • 12-03-2010
Shanghai and Chengdu nominated UNESCO Creative Cities