City of Gastronomy
In June 2019 the City of Greater Bendigo submitted an application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the category of Gastronomy. The application was endorsed by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and was developed over an 18 month period of consultation and collaboration across the city and eight surrounding municipalities. If successful, designation as a UNESCO Creative City would bring exciting opportunities for our whole region to share knowledge and make connections around the world.
Gastronomy isn’t just about high-end restaurants and fine food – it’s about so much more. The category embraces all the creative ways food and beverages bring together agriculture, hospitality, culture, sustainability, education and health to make our communities stronger and our lives better. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network celebrates how creativity (in this case creativity with food and drinks) can help us solve complex problems and create meaningful change, and applicants must demonstrate how their cities are putting culture and creativity at the heart of future plans.
Our application was guided by a community reference group, as well as an internal steering committee, and reflects the strength and diversity of our innovative food and beverage scene in Central Victoria. Inclusion in the Network is a highly sought-after honour and applications must demonstrate a long-term commitment to the goals of sustainable development.
We expect to hear the outcome of our application by November 2019.