City to launch bid to become UNESCO City of Gastronomy

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The City of Greater Bendigo will lead a bid for Bendigo to join UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, in the Gastronomy category.

There are 180 recognised Creative Cities around the world, in seven different categories.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said Greater Bendigo had a thriving food culture.

“We will be talking with producers, farmers, wine, beer and cider makers, food manufacturers, restaurants, food lovers and the community to develop our bid,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Our application will be based not just on great restaurants and wineries, but on how the whole region embraces a sustainable future; that means everything from primary producers to local markets and healthy food programs.

“Our bid will be based on four key themes: Aboriginal heritage, sustainability, health and wellbeing, and innovation and diversity.

“The benefits of becoming part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network are many; it will put our food and beverage scene on the world map and become a point of difference for our city.

“We are very excited to be pursuing this opportunity and look forward to getting the community involved in the process.”

The City is putting together an advisory group to help guide the application. To register your interest, go to

The next round of Creative Cities applications is expected to open early in 2019.

A launch event for Greater Bendigo’s bid will be held at 1.30pm on Tuesday August 14 at Peppergreen Farm.


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