Parma is the first Italian city designated UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy: the official designation was announced Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General. An important event for the Made in Italy: with Parma, the Italian cultural and agro-food model became part of the Creative Cities Network.
Parma has always been a food city, a Capital of Food: it is located in the heart of the Food Valley, in the Emilia-Romagna region, the European region with the highest number of PDO and PGI products, defined by Forbes “Italy’s greatest gastronomic treasure”.
The geographic location and the culture of the city of Parma have allowed, over the centuries, the production of excellent products, the development of important industries and technologies for the preservation of food, and the development of a true Culture of Food .
UNESCO’s designation is neither a label nor a prize, it the implementation of a model of urban development that treasures the strength of our city, what makes us famous in the world: good food.
For UNESCO, food is not only a commercial product, it is the symbol of an entire community. For UNESCO, food is not just a commercial product, but it is the symbol of an entire community. To achieve this important result, in fact, Parma hadn’t have to “invent” anything, but rather had to systematize what it had developed over time in terms of experience, stories, know-how, making it the keystone of its growth. “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children” Pulitzer price William Hodding Carter wrote: “One of these is roots, the other wings”. It is the heritage of knowledge and skills sedimented and refined in centuries of work and passion and the ability to project ourselves beyond geographical and cultural boundaries, launching a bridge towards the future.
The agro-food sector is represented in Parma and its territory through the whole food chain: typical products and their protection Consortia, renowned and starred restaurants and chefs, Italian cuisine teachers, food museums, research and food safety, agro-food industries, cultural and educational projects, events and international, national and local exhibitions.
From the short chain to organic, from the recovery of traditional productions to major industries, in Parma they “know how to do it”: the deep knowledge of the tricks of the trade, the craftsmanship and the transmission of knowledge laid the foundations of a true Culture of Food and a Chain of Excellence.
Therefore, Parma UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy is therefore a project that requires the participation of all actors in the territory – administration, citizens, experts, entrepreneurs and creatives. That is how the creative community was born.
The goal is to develop Parma UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy together!