On the 2nd and 3rd of February 2024, Florence will be the vibrant stage for an extraordinary convergence of gastronomy, climate consciousness, and cultural exploration at the “FoodClimateCulture” conference. This captivating occasion, organized by Toscana Bio, Organic Cities Network Europe, Apab, and proudly held under the patronage of the Municipality of Florence, promises two days of enriching experiences and engaging discussions.

Celebrating Gastro-History: Caterina de’ Medici in Focus

Kicking off at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in the illustrious Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the event will delve into the culinary history of Caterina de’ Medici. Esteemed speakers, including Andrea Giorgio, Assessor of the Municipality of Florence, and Guillaume Rousson, Consul General of France in Florence, will unravel the legacy of the Medici women through a gastro-historical lens. The morning will also feature a captivating workshop for children at the Istituto degli Innocenti, titled “Arcimboldo della varietà,” where young minds will explore the fusion of food, art, and history.

Florentine Biodistrict and AgriParis: A Sustainable Dialogue

Shifting to the iconic Palazzo Vecchio on Saturday morning, the discussions starting at 9:30 a.m. will revolve around the Florentine Biodistrict project and the AgriParis operator in Paris. Andrea Giorgio, Assessor of the City of Florence, Audrey Pulvar, Deputy Mayor of Paris, and other distinguished speakers will emphasize the critical role of local and regional supply chains in fostering food sustainability and mitigating climate impact.

European Strategies for Sustainable Food: A Pan-European Perspective

Following the morning discourse, the event will unfold a broader panorama at 11:00 a.m., featuring European strategies for sustainable food. Visionary leaders, including Peter Schmidt, President of the NAT Commission, and representatives from Italian and European cities, will share experiences and insights. The conversation, moderated by Claudio Serafini, Director of Organic Cities Network Europe, promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of sustainable food practices.

Food Environment Community: Nurturing Change in School and Solidarity Canteens

In the afternoon, the focus will shift to the crucial role of school and solidarity canteens in shaping the food environment and community bonds. Commencing at 3:00 p.m. in Palazzo Vecchio, this session will feature Andrea Giorgio, Assessor of the City of Florence, Audrey Pulvar, Deputy Mayor of Paris, and other influential voices discussing the transformative impact of these communal spaces.

This immersive weekend in Florence guarantees active participation from various stakeholders, including farmers, citizens, local authorities, European institutions, and more. For a detailed itinerary of this enriching two-day event, please refer to the attached program.

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