Europeana Food and Drink Plenary Meeting
Budapest, 6th-7th June, 2016
For the fourth and final Plenary Meeting, all partners of Europeana Food and Drink gathered in the heart of Europe, in Budapest. The Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism (MKVM), culture sector partner within the project and also the only dedicated museum of travel and tourism in the world, welcomed participants with warm Hungarian hospitality and of course, culinary heritage and culture.
In the morning of 6th of June, representatives of the Project Management Board assembled to discuss final steps within the project and set the main focus for the two days: As the project officially terminates end of June 2016, a recap, lessons learned and ideas to maximise the legacy of the project, but also organisational matters were part of the agenda.
More than 45 representatives of all partner institutions discussed key achievements, experiences but also any open tasks for the finalization and reporting of the project. It was emphasized how personal relationships and advocacy as well as the community are important factors for bringing forward a project such as Europeana Food and Drink.
As a special guest, we were happy to welcome external collaborators from Greece: Maria Triantafyllou, Director of the National Interprofessional Organisation of Vine and Wine (EDOAO) and Filippos Mazarakis-Ainian from the National Historical Museum of Greece shared their experiences working together with Europeana Food and Drink.
Surrounding these two days of meeting, partners learned about the Hungarian food culture, both in theory and practice: The food and drink related exhibitions of MKVM and a great local dinner, topped by an evening boat trip on the Danube set the tone for a fruitful and positive meeting.
Thanks a lot to The Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism and Collections Trust, coordinator of the project, for hosting and organizing the final All Partners Meeting in Budapest.
By Angelika Leitner, Austrian National Library