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Our region recommended as European Region of Gastronomy 2024

A jury from the International Institute of Gastronomy, Arts, Culture and Tourism visited the Saimaa region in late June 2022 to assess whether our region would deserve the title of "European Region of Gastronomy" for 2024.

Snowchange represented the traditional winter seining for Vendace of Puruvesi during the visit. "The jury was impressed by how the vision for Saimaa, European Region of Gastronomy 2024 has been inspired and reinforced by a sustainable approach to life that takes into account nature, culture and wellness. - - The jury witnessed exceptional creativity in the form of world-class food experiences and welcome a commercialisation of this type of innovation; were impressed by the passion and knowledge of plant and animal varieties and encourage the sharing of this knowledge for future generations and; the jury was moved by Tero Mustonen from Snowchange Co-operative and encourage his message to be spread throughout the World/European Regions of Gastronomy. - - Therefore, on the basis of the written application, the presentation and visit to the region, the jury decided that Saimaa region should be recommended for the title European Region of Gastronomy 2024 and pass to the final phase of the application process." Read more here.


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