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Gastrocert - Gastronomy and Creative Entrepreneurship in Rural Tourism

How can the development of local gastronomy help protect rural heritage values? And how can entrepreneurial culture enhance locally produced food as a value-added touristic experience? GASTROCERT is an international research project that aims to answer theese questions. The objectives include understanding the important role that food plays in cultural identities and promotion of local and regional traditions. The project also emphasizes the significance of local knowledge, skills and practices regarding heritage assets and how experiential journeys through cultural landscapes promote gastronomic tourism. The project aims to provide:

  • Reports on how local markets can be used to preserve and sustain local producers, while maintaining local identity
  • A blueprint for the development of regional gastronomic initiatives
  • A toolkit on how to communicate the importance of landscapes and traditions through “narratives”
  • Present results to policymakers, to develop a better understanding of how gastro-tourism can contribute to economic development and understanding of gastronomic cultural heritage.


Project leader
Assistant professor Annelie Sjölander Lindqvist, Gothenburg Research Institute, Göteborgs universitet

Mediterrenian University of Reggio Calabria, University of the Highlands and Islands, University of Girona, Mid Sweden Univeristy

Project duration
30 months

660 000 € through the Heritage Plus initiative, in Sweden administered by National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet).

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