Each year, on the 18th of June, the world celebrates Sustainable Gastronomy Day. An international day of recognition, established by the United Nations, this day pays homage to cuisine that respects where the origin of ingredients, how they are grown, how they arrive in markets, and how they eventually reach our tables.
As the UN General Assembly noted in 2016 when this day was adopted, “The decision acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding across the globe, sustainable gastronomy – celebrating seasonal ingredients and producers, preserving wildlife as well as our culinary traditions – is today more relevant than ever.”
In observance of this day, which is closely aligned with the key messages of the Mediterranean Diet, the UNESCO Emblematic Communities collected a set of local, traditional recipes that feature regional, in-season ingredients.
We invite you to explore these dishes, and encourage you take this day of recognition as an opportunity to celebrate the seasonal gastronomy of your own home.