AlpFoodway is under the spotlight of 2018 Eurpean year of cultural heritage (EYCH).
The project has been selected by the European Commission as highlight for the European year of cultural heritage and thus has been awarded the EYCH label. AlpFoodway indeed helps attain the goals of the European year of cultural heritage in that it includes an inventory of food related practices, experimentation of innovative ways to pass on traditional know how and research into how to turn food traditions into a driver for sustainable local development. Moreover, AlpFoodway brings together 14 partners from 6 different nations, generationg a number of transnational exchanges.
This award is an important recognition for the project and a way for the Commission to stress the fact that not only does European culture lie in world renown monuments, artifacts and artistic performances, but also in daily practices and rituals, like the ways food is produced and consumed.
The European year of cultural heritage is established to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's culture and traditions, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. It points out that culture is not something static, which is passed on without any change. In fact, culture evolves as people find their ways to cope with the changing natural, social, technological and economic environment. Our heritage, to say it with the EYCH payoff, is the place “where the past meets the future”.
AlpFoodway is one of the 3 Alpine Space projects that the European Commission chose.
More information about the EYCH, here.