“The project refers to the renovation of PIK’s apartment in which a gourmet academy will be established, where trainings related to gourmet tourism will be conducted, with the aim of strengthening tourism in this region.”, explained Marina Hodak Domaćinović, project manager. Cover photo: Tomislav Jonjić – Slavonian lens Vinkovci City Development and Investment Agency VIA will play a significant role in connecting the food industry with the tourism sector. It will establish local production systems and introduce branding of the project area as a recognizable culinary tourist destination based on resources and regional specifics, cultural heritage and tradition, and is responsible for the renovation and revitalization of Šokački stan and equipping the “Gourmet Center”. “This is one of the key things that will contribute to the development of tourism in Vinkovci”Pointed out the mayor of Vinkovci Ivan Bosančić at the conference. In recent years, gastronomic tourism has grown significantly and become one of the most dynamic and creative segments of tourism, and this project will develop innovative and integrated tourism products and promote regional gastronomic tourism, while increasing the attractiveness of the cross-border region. Photo: Tomislav Jonjić The aim of this project is to develop innovative and integrated tourism products and promote regional gourmet tourism by creating a joint brand “Eat Pannonia” for the promotion of newly developed tourism products through two gastronomic centers in Vrdnik and Vinkovci. The project has already started with the administrative part, and is now entering the phase of finding a contractor and arranging the space of the Šokac apartment, which is known in the region as PIK’s apartment. The participants agreed that gastronomic tourism is an experiential trip to the gastronomic region for recreation or entertainment, which includes visits to food producers, gastronomic festivals, agricultural markets, cooking shows and demonstrations, tasting quality food products and other food-related tourism activities. A new project has been launched in Slavonia to enrich the tourist offer of eastern Croatia. It is a project “Authentic gastronomic taste for sustainable socio-economic development of the cross-border region called Panonnia Gourmet, which for Vinkovci means the opening of a gastronomic center in the area of Šokac apartment near Vinkovci, which has been owned by local government for years. Considering that Slavonia can most easily build tourist stories on gastrotourism, such projects could start the East of Croatia to seriously deal with the creation of tourist contents and complete the story, ie finally use the potentials it has.