Foundation stone ceremony of Dijon’s Cité de la gastronomie & du vin
The official foundation stone laying ceremony for the Cité de la gastronomie et du vin de Dijon took place on July 4. The venue is due to be completed at the end of 2021 after two years of building work.
Like its fellow “gastronomic cities” in Paris-Rungis, Lyon and Tours, this future cultural facility will honour UNESCO’s inscription of the gastronomic meal of the French as a “world intangible heritage”. The Dijon site will also celebrate the inscription of the Burgundy wine geology and “Climats”: vineyard parcels on the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune hillsides south of the city.
Situated at the beginning of the road leading to the “Climats”, and on the site of Dijon’s former general hospital, the Cité will be a veritable neighbourhood. It will include a culture and exhibition centre, a training centre, an architecture and heritage interpretation centre, a business incubator, a four star hotel, a cinema and shopping complex, and an area devoted to ecology.
Four exhibitions * are already planned:
• “À table”: a permanent exhibition exploring the gastronomic meal of the French from a sociological, anthropological and historical point of view.
• “En cuisine”: a sensory exhibition created in collaboration with Dijon’s food and taste science institution, the CSGA (Centre des sciences du goût et de l’alimentation).
• “In Burgundy”: an exhibition in the former hospital’s chapel, allowing visitors to get acquainted with the Burgundy wines and more specifically with the “climats” of the Burgundy vineyards listed as a world heritage by UNESCO.
• “Pâtisserie”: an exhibition dedicated to this specific area of French gastronomy and savoir faire, appreciated throughout the world.
* Exhibition titles to be confirmed.
Learn more about the Cité de la gastronomie et du vin de Dijon here (in french).