UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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SAn antonio as a UNESCO CREATIVE CITy of gastronomy

On October 31, 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network recognized San Antonio, Texas as a Creative City of Gastronomy. San Antonio is one of only two cities in the USA with the Creative City of Gastronomy status; Tucson, Arizona made the list in 2015. 

The World Heritage Office oversees the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation for the City of San Antonio.

Through UNESCO, gastronomy is about a city's culinary heritage, how a city shares that heritage and is it sustainable for future generations. San Antonio is a crossroads of geography, geology, fauna, civilizations and cultures. Drawn to the San Antonio river, the Spanish colonists introduced new traditions and tastes when they settled in the 1700s. European, Asian and African settlers then came in the 1800s and brought with them new culinary techniques to create a complex fusion and characteristics that make San Antonio’s cuisine distinct

This international designation, which recognizes only 36 cities of gastronomy around the world, looks to San Antonio's rich culinary heritage and is the result of a collaborative community effort.  The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. Communities may qualify for an UNESCO Creative Cities Designation under the following categories:  Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media, Arts and Music. San Antonio's rich culinary heritage is intertwined with our hospitality.  Our friendly, welcoming environment starts at our dining tables, where our cuisine is deeply tied to family and culture.  Recognizing the important of this cultural heritage, the City of San Antonio and its partners pursued a UNESCO Creative City Designation under the theme of Gastronomy.

Cities who join the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, internationally and nationally, share and gain knowledge to ensure that creativity and culture are drivers in sustainable development. This designation further promotes San Antonio internationally and will be a catalyst for continuing to build a robust and thriving city for those who live and visit here. 

 To learn more about the UNESCO Creative City Network, visit their website, here.

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