Australia’s creative food hub

Bendigo has received a high honour, having joined 65 cities around the world that have just been admitted the UNESCO Creative Cities network.

Bendigo was designated a creative city of gastronomy, recognised for the huge leaps and exciting things happening in food and beverages, culture and sustainability across the city and region.

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The UNESCO Creative Cities network comprises 246 cities around the world that focus on creativity at the heart of their economic, social, cultural and environmental development plans.

Creative Cities categories are: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

Bendigo joins four Australian cities already in the network – Melbourne (Literature), Geelong (Design), Sydney (Film) and Adelaide (Music).

Bendigo’s mayor, Cr Margaret O’Rourke, said the announcement was a huge achievement for Bendigo and the region.

“This honour recognises that Greater Bendigo has a thriving creative scene and that we are committed to supporting creative industries and sustainable food systems,” she said.

“Thank you to the people and organisations involved in the local food, beverage, hospitality and tourism sectors for their work and support for this application process.

“Our application truly was a collaborative effort. Without the support of our community, our neighbouring councils and members of the Dja Dja Wurrung, we would not have been successful.

“Being part of the Creative Cities Network opens up so many opportunities in economic development, tourism and investment.

“We are very excited about the possibilities open to us from becoming a Creative City and are keen to continue the great work that has already begun in this space.”

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