29th of September 2015
Royal Danish support for European Region of Gastronomy 2017
The Danish city of Aarhus and the Central Denmark Region have been awarded the title European
Region of Gastronomy in 2017 today at an EU conference at EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy.
His Royal Highness, The Prince Consort, Prince Henrik of Denmark, has agreed to be the official
patron for the year of gastronomy, and the award is a recognition of the strong focus on food
innovation and excellent food in Central Denmark Region and in Denmark in general.
"I am pleased to be the patron for an initiative that will promote Nordic gastronomy in an
international context, ensure more awareness of local producers and stimulate interest for food
among new generations," says His Royal Highness The Prince Consort, Prince Henrik.
In addition to the patronage by The Prince Consort, Wassim Hallal, chef and owner of the
Michelin-starred restaurant “Frederikshoj” in Aarhus, Denmark, will take on the role of
ambassador for the European Region of Gastronomy in 2017.
"Our regional gastronomy is known for using only local ingredients as much as possible. We have
amazing lobsters and crabs in the bay, wonderful herbs in the forest and sublime vegetables in
local farms. It is unique that we have so many options for finding fresh ingredients of the highest
quality in the region's own kitchen garden," says Wassim Hallal, who hopes to attract even more
food enthusiasts from around the world to the Central Denmark Region, which has also been
awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2017.
“It is a great honour and a major recognition of Aarhus and the region to be awarded the two
titles. Culture and gastronomy already go hand-in-hand and in the European Capital of Culture
programme, gastronomy is a major theme," says Rebecca Matthews, CEO of European Capital of
Culture Aarhus 2017.
The prestigious title of European Region of Gastronomy is awarded by the International Institute
of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism, and in 2017, Central Denmark Region shares the
honour with the Riga Region in Latvia and eastern Lombardy in Italy.
22nd of June 2016
More than 100 food events are ready to celebrate Aarhus and Central Denmark Region as European Region of Gastronomy
Along with Central Denmark Region, Aarhus has been appointed European REgion of Gastronomy 2017. The interest from the city's food entrepreneus is overwhelming and by now, more than 100 events are already in the programme.
At the moment, Aarhus is experiencing a gastronomical blooming with three Michelin stars, a horde of passionate farmers and producers and a creative bunch of food entrepreneurs, ever-developing the food scene in Aarhus.
Thus, the interest of for being part of the programme of European Region of Gastronomy 2017 is huge. Including the Chefs on the Beach who are collaborating with the Natural History Musem and Taste of Aarhus in arranging edible experiences by the sea.
"It's amazing that the focus on our region and our food now gets even bigger. It gives us the opportunity to bring people out in the nature and show how big of a pantry our everyday nature is," Lars Brøndum, biologist and research assistant at Natural History Museum, says.
See the preliminary programme here: http://www.danishfoodregion.eu
The large interest among the food entrepreneurs of Aarhus is seen after the city has been glorified gastronomically during the last couple of years. First, the awarding of a Michelin star to three of the city's restaurants and later on with great praise of the gastronomical level of the city in articles published by New York Times and Lonely Plant. Something one of the key players on the food scene in Aarhus has noticed.
“The gastronomy in Aarhus is developing rapidly these years. I see more and more new restaurant, that have the courage to reach the next gastronomical level. To me, that is extremely exciting. It shows that the future of the food scene in Aarhus is bright - and that it will probably attract even more foodies, journalists and other gastrnomical passionates from all over the world," Wassim Hallal, owner of Restaurant Frederikshøj and Amabassador for European Region of Gastronomy 2017 says.
It is Food Organisation fo Denmark who, in collaboration with European Capital fo Culture 2017, The City of Aarhus and Central Denmark Region that are planning the programme for Aarhus and Central Denmark Region as European Region of Gastronomy. Director at Food Organisation of Denmark, Pelle Øby-Andersen, sees great perspectives in the newle published programme. In addition, he suggests it may open up new doors for the many food entrepreneurs own Aarhus and Central Denmark Region.
“It opens some important doors for all, who work with food in Central Denmark Region. Not only to Europa, but to the entire world. Additionally, the title will hopefully get the food industry in Aarhus to working even closer together in developing the food in the region," Pelle Øby-Andersen says.
Prince Consort of Denmark will celebrate gastronomy
Along with the title as European Region of Gastronomy, the people of Aarhus can expect a programme filled with culinary experiences all over the city and the region. You can join the largest communal dinner ever presented in Denmark, oyster safaris or taste some of Denmark's finest chef's interpretation of the classic Danish hotdog. All to celebrate the extraordinary produce of the region.
One of those, that will participate in the celebraton is the Henrik, The Prince Consort of Denmark. He is the patron for Aarhus and Central Denmark Reginon's title as European Region of Gastronomy.
“I hope that the title will enhance people's awareness and knowledge of the local produce and the farmes of the region. Additionally, I hope that the culinary traditions will be celebrated greatly and thus, stimulate the people to raise their interest in food," Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark says.