Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of regional food production and the mainstay of gastronomic experiences. The European Region of Gastronomy Platform is designed to promote the work of SMEs and to help them achieve greater environmental, economic and cultural sustainability.

Local food cultures are an important source of innovation. Traditions developed over centuries form the vital ‘DNA’ of food cultures and regional gastronomy, and local knowledge is therefore an important potential source of new ideas and innovative products and experiences.