Rasht is located by the Caspian Sea in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Surrounded by the fertile delta of the Sefīd-Rūd River, both the city and its gastronomy sector benefit from a rich variety of natural resources and rely on the exploitation of local resources, especially various species of sh and in-season products. Above all, gastronomy in Rasht is synonymous with the protection and promotion of cultural heritage. Throughout generations, Rashti cuisine has not only carried on ancient recipes, but also unique cooking utensils and methods.
Since 2014, the Sabzeh Festivalhas taken place in the Rural Heritage Museum and focuses on promoting traditional cultural expressions of crafts, folk art and gastronomy, including the typical cooking method in Gamaj clay pots. While gastronomy fosters sense of community and intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, it is also a key driver for sustainable urban- rural interconnection and economic prosperity, so much so that the city grants long-term loans in support of farmers. In addition, Rasht offers a wide range of workshops and vocational trainings in the elds of gastronomy and agro-food, emphasizing on sustainable ways of production and consumption of healthy food.
In recent years, the Municipality has stepped up its efforts to reduce inequalities and unemployment by investing in culture and creativity to move along a sustainable urban development path. In cooperation with the regional Department of Education of Guilan, Rasht has supported many female-headed families and people from indigenous communities by building their capacities through free-of-charge trainings in various creative fields, allowing many of them to build their own small and medium-sized enterprises.
As a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Jeonju will develop the food industry together with other Cities of Gastronomy from around the world through sustainable partnerships and collaborations based on its rich cultural heritage in traditional food.
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Contribution to the network
As a Creative City of Gastronomy, Rasht envisages:
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establishing the Local Food Museum to preserve and promote local food products and recipes, including the Guilan indigenous food culture
supporting research and development (R&D) on gastronomy and nutrition through a network of academia and research centres
empowering women and vulnerable groups and individuals in the eld of culture, social affairs and economy by providing them increased trainings and employment opportunities
cooperating with other Creative Cities of Gastronomy by exchanging know-how and experiences and undertaking joint-initiatives
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Designated Unesco Creative City since 2017
Fatemeh Ghadimi Herfeh
Public relations and international affairs
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