Kermanshah is among 49 cities that have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay in recognition of their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and to sharing knowledge and good practices.

Kermanshah Province has a very high capacity in the field of food, with about 80 kinds of food and snacks, 11 kinds of bread, 20 kinds of sweets, and special snacks, IRNA reported.

Foods such as Kermashani oil, naan-berenji (a kind of rice cookie), kaak (a traditional pastry), khoresht-e khelal (stick almonds and lamb stew), and dandeh kabab (rib kebab) are among the foods of the western province.

Khoresht-e khelal (c) and Iranian side dishes like torshi (pickled vegetables), and fresh herbs on the food table 

Congratulating the people of the city, the caretaker of Kermanshah Municipality told IRNA on Tuesday that the provincial capital is now the 37th City of Gastronomy in the world and the 12th in Asia.

Pointing out that food is an integral part of tourism, Amir Rahimi said this designation will boost tourism in the region.

Created in 2004, the UCCN is organized into seven fields: Crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.

On its website, UNESCO says the UCCN now numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity to advance sustainable urban development.

“A new urban model needs to be developed in every city, with its architects, town planners, landscapers and citizens. We are urging everyone to work with states to reinforce the international cooperation between cities, which UNESCO wishes to promote,” said Azoulay in a statement, reported.

In Iran, the cities of Isfahan and Bandar Abbas have been designated as the creative cities of crafts and folk art, Rasht as a creative city of gastronomy, and Sanandaj as a creative city of music.

Source: Iran Daily