Strategic Partnership

Strategic Partnership

Ongoing: Culinary Trail of the Ethnic and Local Cuisine in the Danube Region

Culinary Trail of the Ethnic and Local Cuisine in the Danube Region

Project Description:

The “Culinary Trail” project, supported by the Interreg Danube program with a focus on specific objective 3.3, strongly emphasises ethnic and local culinary heritage in the Danube Region, including viticulture. It targets geographically remote and underdeveloped communities, offering significant economic opportunities for rural areas and small settlements. The project leverages culinary heritage to revitalise tourism, promote local economic development, create employment opportunities, and encourage frugal and social innovations. Collaborating with minorities and marginalised groups based on age, gender, disability, etc., the project seeks to enhance cultural diversity and inclusivity.

Project Main Aim:

The project aims to improve connectivity and collaboration among tourist destinations, services,  products, and stakeholders in the Danube region. Key objectives include the collection, digitisation, and protection of culinary cultural heritage; development of a transnational culinary trail with multimedia experiences; creation of transnational strategies for protecting and developing ethnic and local culinary heritage; establishment of a joint demonstration and training centre; implementation of capacity-building modules; and development of transnational action plans and a joint innovation and policy centre.

Results / Activities:

The Culinary Trail project will significantly contribute to implementing the EUSDR by developing and testing three solutions in seven pilots. Involving 27 cross-border organisations and enhancing the institutional capacity of 250 organisations, the project will actively engage various target groups, contributing to tourism development as a significant factor for remote rural communities. Key project results include a digital catalogue of culinary heritage, transnational culinary trails, joint training centres, and strategies for sustainable tourism. The project is poised to reduce social disparities, promote innovation, and create sustainable benefits for participating communities in the Danube region.

Leading Partner: School of Advanced Social Studies Nova Gorica

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Borut Rončević

Action: Interreg Danube Transnational Programme: ERDF funds

Project Duration: 30 months

Project Start: January 1, 2024

Project End: June 30, 2026

Interreg Funds awarded: 1.819.652,80 EUR

Approved Partner's co-financing: 454.913,20 EUR

Total project budget: 2.274.566,00 EUR


SASS, School of Advanced Social Studies

SERDA, Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency

REDASP, Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje

REGLO, Research Centre “Regional and Global Development

RAIS, City Development Agency East Sarajevo

RDA BKP, Regional Development Agency for Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije

CUAS, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences – non-profit limited liability company

HRC, Private Professional College HRC Culinary Academy Bulgaria, Ltd

VELEGS, Polytechnic “Nikola Tesla” in Gospić

EDHANCE+, Edhance Plus o.p.s.

BCCI, Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry


ARoTT, Romanian Association for Technology Transfer and Innovation

NUSTPB, National University of Science and Technology POLITEHNICA Bucharest

Rudolfovo – Science and Technology Centre Novo mesto

TUKE, Technical University of Kosice

“Ion Creanga” Pedagogical State University from Chisinau

LC Vivat Lex, Public organisation “Lawyers Club “Vivat Lex”

FIŠ, Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto

Completed: "Greening" apprenticeships in the HORECA industry

CONTRACT №2018-1-IT01-KA202-006773

The ENVIRECA project aims to improve the environmental dimension of vocational education and training (VET) in the HORECA industry (hotels, restaurants, cafes) through the creation and promotion of innovative work-based learning (WBL).

The project unites organizations from 5 different EU countries: Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain and Sweden.
By developing a modular curriculum structure and educational resources for HORECA's WBL (work-based learning) programme, ENVIRECA aims to update apprenticeship schemes by incorporating green skills and competencies.

ENVIRECA is a project funded by the European Erasmus + program with a duration of 30 months, from September 2018 to February 2021.