Hermanus dubbed UNESCO City of Gastronomy
The Overstrand area, including whale-watching destination Hermanus and surrounding towns have been named as a City of Gastronomy by UNESCO.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has added the names of 66 new cities to their Creative Cities Network. And included in the list is the Western Cape's Overstrand - specifically Hermanus, which has been named as a City of Gastronomy. The seaside town has been recognized as a melting pot of creativity and culture.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay explains that the creative network provides recognition to cities that are bringing a tangible contribution to UNESCO's sustainable development goals. Within the network, UNESCO recognises cities for their literature, crafts and folk art, design, gastronomy and music offering.
'All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their stratergy. This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations,' said Azoulay.
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With theses new additions, the Cities Creative Network now lists 246 cities. Each of these place a strong focus on developing their creativity and cultural industries, along with cooperating at an international level.
Hermanus is the only South African city to be placed on this prestigious list, with Cape Town making the ranks in 2017 as a City of Design. The seaside town joins the City of Gastronomy list, which features other notable destinations Bergamo in Italy, and Yangzhou in China.
Some of the well-known local restaurants adding to the town's gastronomical offering include Fisherman's Cottage, Pear Tree Hermanus and Lemon Butta Restaurant.
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UNESCO aims to foster peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture.