Brasov County will receive 90,000 euros for the promotion of traditional cuisine, money that will come through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), Alina Szasz, the public manager of Brasov County, told AGERPRES on Wednesday.
"The promotion part of gastronomic traditions is being financed, leading to the creation, at the national level, of a route of local gastronomy, and Brasov county will join this national route. Financing will probably come for the digitization of gastronomy locations and local producers, as well as for the promotion, marketing and management either of the locations or of the products. PNRR, as specified in the methodology, will have a national contract, this money will not come to the county, will not be managed by the County Council, but will be used for what Romania aims in terms of promotion of the local gastronomy, including the "Attractive Romania" application. (...) If we manage to promote what we have developed as traditional gastronomy in the county, it is a gain," explained Alina Szasz.
The first steps in supporting and promoting the local gastronomy spots have already been taken by the county forum and the Gastro Local Association, an initiative born in Valea Buzaului commune, on Wednesday taking place, in Harman commune, an information session for those who want to set up such small businesses.
"Through ThreeT [an European project, in which Brasov County Council is part - ed.n.] we set out to have a route of the local gastronomic spots (...) a map of these local gastronomy spots at county level (... ) which will become a list of attractions and will be taken over by travel agencies, because a tourist does not come to the area just to visit a fortified church, to walk on trails, to ski, but also to eat (...) We want the travel agencies that promote Brasov County to sell not only Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress, but also to promote the poorer areas," added Alina Szasz, Agerpres.ro informs.
The president of Gastro Local, Dorian Lungu, told how these local gastronomy locations emerged, in the tourist locality Vama Buzaului, out of a need. Although it has an important tourist attraction - the Bison Reserve - until a few years ago, the commune did not have guest houses or restaurants, and tourists had to go to other places to dine.
According to him, anyone can set up a local gastronomy spot "in the front room of the house", in certain conditions, which are not very difficult to fulfill, with low registration fees and with minimal investments and two essential conditions: these local gastronomy spots should use 75-80 percent local products, and the number of people serving the meal at the same time should not exceed 12.
"The concept of these locations of local gastronomy is as little bureaucracy as possible, but also food security," stated Dorian Lungu.