Ljubljana is teeming with culinary events all year round, from food festivals and dinners featuring Slovenian cuisine to food tours and cooking workshops. But one of the most highly-anticipated is the annual European Food Summit, which premiered last year (2019) and is happening again very soon between 28th and 30th March 2020. Even though it’s a fairly new event, an outstanding number of people have been talking about it following the first edition, and are looking forward to the next one.
The European Food Summit is one of the most important culinary events in Europe. Food lovers, internationally renowned journalists, top chefs, scientists, and influencers come together to share knowledge and discuss food culture and sustainability. It includes a number of food-focussed events such as culinary walks and dinners, and culminates in a gastronomy-oriented summit. The summit is headed by Ana Roš, World’s Best Female Chef in 2017 and head chef at the famous Hiša Franko restaurant, and Andrea Petrini, one of the most influential people in the world of gastronomy.
Slovenia is experiencing a real culinary revival lately. The factors all make Slovenia one of the best culinary destinations in the world: Ranking Slovenian chefs at the very top of the world, gaining the title European Gastronomic Region 2021, classifying Ljubljana among the world’s best culinary destinations, and the arrival of international culinary guides Gault & Millau and the famous Michelin Guide. Slovenia is also being recognised for its high-class gastronomic experiences and attitude towards food.
Slovenia is one of the countries with very low levels of food waste. Its inhabitants support local food production, which is why food travels the shortest distance from the field to the plate. This is how Slovenia has gained a good reputation for its farm-to-table food scene. A lot of importance is given to the production of local ingredients. Not only are they of high quality, but local producers are also doing their best to ensure that they leave the smallest carbon footprint possible in the production process.
The European Food Summit is more than just a top culinary event as it raises awareness of the global impact of food, brings together great minds from around the world, and creates a better tomorrow. With an emphasis on sustainability, diversity and food culture, it sets the direction for the future. Hence the summit’s slogan FOOD for future’s GOOD.
It’s about time we become more aware of our individual roles in achieving a more sustainable future. The European Food Summit aims to help us to do that by means of food.
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