2018 is going to be dedicated to the Italian food in the world: this was the official announcement made by the Italian ministers Maurizio Martina and Dario Franceschini during the Coldiretti conference on “Food and Culture Breaks”.
The importance of the Italian food in Italy and abroad
Italians and the Italian government perfectly realize the significant role of the Italian food for the international reputation of the country. The Italian food is seen by the international community as one of the symbols of Italy, just like the Italian culture and the Italian history.
The Italian food has been always promoted, protected and rewarded inside the country. However the 2018 is going to bring an even stronger focus on the gastronomic topic. This year is going to be dedicated to the national farming, fishing, craftsmanship and agriculture: local producers will receive a special support and protection from the government.
The Italian food export exceeds 38 billion euro per year. This data demonstrates that the Italian food is highly appreciated and admired abroad. Numerous imitations have never had the same success as the genuine Italian way to work produce, process, prepare and serve food. The Italian cuisine is one of the factors to raise the reputation of Italy in the world’s eyes.
The 2018 is going to bring a number of important initiatives and events meant to celebrate the Italian food traditions and promote the Italian food industry. One of such plans is to realize special touristic routes dedicated to the local products and designed to tell the story of the local food traditions and history.
Here is what Dario Franceschini , the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, says on the topic: “As 2016 has been the national year of the walks, and this year is the national year of the villages, 2018 will be the year of Italian food. It will be a way to give value to the many and extraordinary Italian excellences, making a great investment for the image of our country in the world. Italy must foster overseas in an integrated and intelligent way: enhancing and promoting the interplay between food and landscape is definitely a useful tool for this goal.”