The Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie in Lyon did not resist the Covid-19 crisis. What impact can this closure have on the Cité internationale de la gastronomie et du vin which is under construction in Dijon?
Dijon, Lyon, Tours and Paris-Rungis or the Cités de la Gastronomie network
Dijon, Lyon, Tours and Paris-Rungis: these are the four cities that make up the network of Cities of Gastronomy.
This network is one of the commitments resulting from the inclusion of the “gastronomic meal of the French” in the heritage of humanity by Unesco. in November 2010.
These Cities of Gastronomy aim to showcase the French food heritage through cultural facilities.
The Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie de Lyon was inaugurated in October 2019. Located in the grand Hôtel-Dieu, in the center of Lyon, it hoped to welcome 300,000 visitors per year. But, this structure supported by the city, the metropolis and the patronage did not survive the coronavirus crisis.
“This closure was something expected in Lyon”, explains François Deseille, 2nd deputy mayor in charge of the file of the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie and Dijon wine.
“The director of the City was sacked in February. The Spanish group MagmaCultura, which manages the City of Lyon, encountered very big difficulties following the Covid. But, there were already conceptual difficulties from the start. The coronavirus has only worsened the situation. There will certainly be a reopening in another form. That said, will this be one of the priorities of the new municipal majority? I do not know “, adds the deputy to the mayor of Dijon.
“I strongly hope that they will be able to reopen so that we can have a network between Paris, Dijon and Lyon. Tours is a bit more complicated because it is not on the same axis. But, Paris Rungis-Dijon-Lyon, there is a logic around gastronomy. One could imagine tourist circuits including these three cities. “
The closure of the Cité de Lyon has no impact for Dijon
“It’s not at all the same project between Dijon and Lyon”, specifies François Deseille. “In Lyon, it was a huge commercial area in which they later integrated the Cité de la gastronomie.
In Dijon, on the other hand, everything has been designed around the Cité de la Gastronomie. Everything is dedicated to gastronomy and to the promotion of the vine and wine. And now that we have seen the errors in cultural animation that they may have made in Lyon, we will do everything not to reproduce them of course. “
The opening of the Cité internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin is scheduled for the end of 2021 and the work is progressing visibly.
“Despite the actions brought by the municipal opposition and the confinement, we should catch up,” says the deputy in charge of this flagship file.
Are there not too many projects around gastronomy and wine?
A City of Burgundy Wines and Climates is being created.
This educational and fun equipment will be based on a network of three cities: Beaune in Côte-d’Or, Chablis in Yonne and Mâcon in Saône-et-Loire.
The objective is to promote the registration of Climates of the Burgundy vineyards UNESCO World Heritage Site. The designers target all audiences, from simple amateurs to connoisseurs. “This Cité des vins et des Climats de Bourgogne project is fully in line with the expectations of current tourism,” “they say.
On the side of the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, it is estimated that not all current projects in the region are comparable.
“The Cité internationale de la gastronomie et du vin de Dijon is not at all the same as the wine towns of Beaune, Chablis and Mâcon, which are projects set up by associations of winegrowers, while Dijon benefits of a label issued by Unesco “, notes François Deseille.
“More, we can very well work in partnership with them. The route des Climats de Bourgogne starts in Dijon and goes as far as Beaune, there is no reason not to work with them “concludes the 2nd deputy mayor in charge of finance and the Cité internationale de la gastronomie et du vin from Dijon.