Macao’s love of food gains UNESCO recognition
MACAO’S dedication to food and the important role it plays in developing tourism and the economy has been rewarded on a silver platter . . . on a worldwide scale.
In unveiling its latest list of “Creative Cities”, UNESCO announced Macao had been recognised among an elite number of cities for its gastronomy.
Such highly-respected designation is set to further endorse the worldwide recognition of Macao and its more than 400-year old culinary legacy.
This is sure to arouse interest among the young generation in gastronomy culture, especially those dedicated to Macanese cuisine, said to be the world’s earliest form of fusion food.
“Such endorsement will also provide a favourable platform for food traditions to continuously thrive,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office Australia and New Zealand.
“This is exciting news for Macao and its cultural importance to gastronomy, and to everyone involved in the creation of the many mouth-watering menus and dining options offered throughout the former Portuguese enclave,” she said.
The designation of Macao as a member city of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of Gastronomy is set to bring new opportunities for the city to diversify the economy.
Gastronomy would now act as a driver to preserve Macao’s cultural identity, while promoting a sustainable development and expanding its international cooperation.
As for the creativity aspect, the designation is expected to stimulate stakeholders in gastronomy and agents in other creative sectors to explore how culinary and other aspects of culture can fuse to diversify the economy.
This will not only broaden the creative capacity in gastronomy but also enable Macao to collaborate with other UCCN members in different creative areas to experiment synergistic initiatives, such as gastronomy with films, music, design and more.
Other Creative Cities of Gastronomy include: Chengdu and Shunde (China), Belém and Florianopolis (Brazil), Popayán (Colombia), Rasht (Iran), Parma (Italy), Zahlé (Lebanon), Ensenada (Mexico), Bergen (Norway), Jeonju (South Korea), Tsuruoka (Japan), Dénia and Burgos (Spain), Östersund (Sweden), Phuket (Thailand), Gaziantep (Turkey) and Tucson (USA).
Macao was among eight to be newly designated this week (October 31). The others were Alba (Italy), Buenaventura (Colombia), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Hatay (Turkey), Panama City (Panama), Paraty (Brazil) and San Antonio (USA),
Sixty-four cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities in the various fields. Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created to promote cooperation with and among cities that had identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development in regards to economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.