A landmark event, “Culinary Connection Euskadi-Georgia,” showcased the rich culinary traditions of the Basque Country and Georgia, taking place in the scenic region of Kakheti from March 1-3, 2024. This congress emerged as the main culinary event of the year, aiming to strengthen the gastronomic bonds between these two culturally rich regions.

Over the span of three days, the congress featured an array of activities including panel discussions, presentations, and a captivating culinary show. More than 250 attendees, including chefs from hotels and restaurants across Georgia, participated in this grand gastronomic celebration.

Supported by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the National Tourism Administration, and the Basque Government, the congress was organized in collaboration with the Basque Culinary Center and its initiative Mantala. It aimed not only to celebrate culinary excellence but also to explore the synergies between enogastrotourism and the development of Georgian cuisine.


March 2 / 09:30 – 16:00 / Ambassador Hotel, Kachreti

Opening Remarks:

Exploring the Gastronomic Tourism Resources of Georgia

Levan Davitashvili – Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Drawing Parallels and Addressing Challenges Between Georgia and the Basque Country, with an Outlook on Future Plans

Davit Songulashvili – Chairperson of the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee of the Parliament of Georgia.

Official Inauguration of the Congress

Joxe Mari Aizega – General Director of the Basque Culinary Center

Showcooking Segment

Featuring Chef Tekuna Gachechiladze and Luka Todua.

“Product and Territory: Ember as a Culinary Technique”

Presented by Igor Arregui, Pili Manterola, Xabi gorrotxategui, Jon Ayala and Moderator Imanol Zubelzu guiding the discussion.

Showcooking Presentation

By Chef Enrique Fleischmann and Juan Carlos Caro.


Enrique Fleischmann
Tekuna Gachechiladze
Xabi Gorrotxategi
Pili Manterola
Juan Carlos Caro
Christina Garcia
Jon Ayala
Igor Arregi
Luka Todua
Shua Ibáñez
Daduna Glonti
Keti Kvichidze