With the spirit of agriculture with which the fair started 50 years ago. You will be able to enjoy the display of bread baskets, exhibitions, competitions, a gastronomic tour, and discounts on freshly picked produce from the local allotment.
Barcelona World Sustainable Food Capital 2021
Barcelona is known internationally for being the creator of its own food discourse and a city of constant gastronomic innovation and change, with an iconic network of 42 municipal markets, and a fabric of committed agroecological producers. These elements make it one of the main European centres of food consumption and distribution and an urban metropolis that constantly reflects on the fundamental role of food in today’s society and its repercussions on both health and the environment.
Barcelona’s year as the World Sustainable Food Capital will involve more than ninety sustainable food projects and policies and a schedule that will stretch from the start of the year until late December. Between 19 and 21 October 2021, the city will host the 7th Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Global Forum, the first international food treaty among cities that highlights their strategic role in the development of sustainable food systems and promotes access to healthy food, thus fighting hunger and malnutrition.
The World Sustainable Food Capital year will culminate with the presentation of the Food Strategy 2030, which will be written up over the course of the year and will act as a road map for urban food policies in the coming years.
Barcelona wants to make the most of this opportunity to greatly improve its citizens’ everyday lives in terms of sustainable food and to make significant progress towards four main goals:
Promote healthier, more sustainable diets, and make them accessible to everyone.
Generate more economic opportunities for local sectors, such as local shops, municipal markets and local producers and farmers, by boosting local, organic agricultural production.
Tackle the climate emergency in the city of Barcelona while facilitating an agroecological transition, by promoting urban agriculture and protecting peri-urban spaces.
Generate resilience against global risks and social inequalities.
Barcelona’s year as the World Sustainable Food Capital in 2021 is therefore a catalyst for a food transition towards sustainability that strengthens local economies and improves the health of both people and the planet.
Between 19 and 21 October 2021, Barcelona will host the 7th Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Global Forum. The central theme of this Global Forum will be the connection between food and the climate emergency.
Some 210 cities will take part in the Forum, which will be the first international food conference for cities since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and will take place just days before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (to be held in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021).
Some 80% of teenagers eat processed foods more often than is recommended.
73% of citizens take into account whether or not a product is local.
The current food system is responsible for 21–37% of greenhouse gas emissions.
10% of children between the ages of 3 and 4 suffer from childhood obesity.
58% of Barcelona residents take into account whether or not a food product is organic.
A diet with more vegetable-based foods could cut greenhouse-gas emissions in cities by up to 60%.
The Capital beyond Barcelona and 2021
The Sustainable Food Capital reaches far beyond the city of Barcelona and will have a strong metropolitan component. Firstly, because Barcelona as a city is a hub of consumption but does not produce, it needs to reconnect with producers, with non-urban areas and especially with the greater metropolitan region, where food is grown and manufactured. Its year as the Sustainable Food Capital is an opportunity to generate links between the urban and the rural, as well as respect for and awareness of where food comes from and who produces it.
Fira de Sant Isidre
48 h of urban agriculture and greenery
Barcelona has been twinned with Paris and some twenty other European cities to present the city’s green and agricultural spaces. Patios, terraces and allotments will be opening up in the city and parks and green areas visited.
The fair for ecological and responsible-consumption produce is holding its 27th edition this year, with 350 exhibitors and over 400 in-person and online parallel activities, under the slogan “Change the world, consume bio and local”.
Second edition of the City and Science Biennale
Sustainable food will be one of the central themes of the City and Science Biennale. There will be six days of open exploration and reflection on scientific knowledge.
Meetings and conferences
Barcelona is also holding other food-related events, such as the European Agroecology Congress in June and the Aplec d’Horts Urbans (Urban Allotments Meeting) in the autumn.
Exhibitions and activities at the city’s museums
At the MUHBA, there’s a chance to see the exhibition ‘Feeding Barcelona, from Bàrcino to the Global World’. Elsewhere, pollinators take centre stage in ‘More than Bees’ at the Museum of Natural Sciences. MACBA's cuisine will also be active througout the year.
On Plaça dels Somnis, Tibidabo
The seasonal menus will be included among the eating options at the park. There’s also a new show about food to enjoy, with courses for kids also being offered in collaboration with the Fundació Alícia.
Participation in major events in the city
La Mercè, the Biennial of Thought and the City and Science Biennial will also be including activities, lectures and debates on the challenges of sustainable food in their programmes this year.
Barcelona's food fairs, festivals and markets
Barcelona’s traditional food events, such as the Market of Markets and BioCultura, will also feature activities within the framework of the city’s role as the sustainable food capital.
Sustainable Food Week
Held in October and aimed at the general public, this series of activities is designed to foster healthy and accessible diets for all, driven by sustainable local economies.
7th Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Global Forum
The 210 cities from around the globe which signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact will be debating the link between food and the climate emergency from 19 to 21 October 2021.