Food Trails cities

Almost eight million Europeans live in the project’s 11 cities. The 'Living Labs' set up in these cities will enable collaboration between these citizens and their city to design food policy that empowers their community; makes the farm-to-fork journey sustainable; promotes a zero-waste use of resources; promotes environmentally friendly behaviour change and ensures people have healthy and secure diets. 

Another of the project’s key aims is to strengthen the network of cities committed to changing their food systems to be more sustainable and beneficial. Food Trails hopes to do this by transforming mayors into trendsetters to generate impacts among a wider set of cities.   

Discover participating Food Trails cities and their Living Labs here.  

The Polish capital city, Warsaw is home to 1.8 million people within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents. The city has been a major hub for transport, tourism and industry in Poland and the European Union since the country’s ascension to the bloc in 2004. The City of Warsaw has been addressing nutrition...
Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania and as well the heart of Albania’s cultural, economic and governmental activity. It is located on the western center of the country surrounded by hills with the Dajti Mountain on the east and a slight valley opening on the north-west overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the...
Once a great city of the Eastern Roman Empire, Thessaloniki is now a gateway to mainland Greece, the country’s second-largest city and a culinary capital. Aside from hosting an annual Food Festival, Thessaloniki is a signatory of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and has engaged in EU-funded projects such as Social Plate, which aimed...
The old Hanseatic city of Groningen, counting over 200,000 inhabitants , is the largest city and the economic capital of the northern Netherlands. With over half of the population under 35, the inhabitants are, on average, younger than anywhere in the country. This shows: Groningen is a young, vibrant and dynamic city with many cultural...
Grenoble-Alpes Metropole
Nestled high in the Alps and bringing together 450,000 inhabitants in 49 urban, rural and mountain municipalities, Grenobles-Alpes Metropole has a unique food system linked to its geography. The Metropole has focused its efforts on areas such as agriculture with its Metropolitan Agricultural Strategy 2015-2020. This strategy seeks to drive sustainable and quality farming in...
The capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira, Funchal is one of the most Westerly cities in the European Union and benefits from its maritime setting in its culinary tradition. The Funchal City Hall is a local authority that is on a mission to design and carry out political measures that help a sustainable and...
Famous for its bikes, bridges and pastries, Danish capital Copenhagen is also a European leader in food policy. Since 2001, the city has developed a food strategy that combines health, taste and climate-responsibility. The City of Copenhagen’s approach is based on wide-ranging targets: promote food literacy, strengthen social communities and ensure that Copenhagen becomes a...
Bordeaux Metropole
Known worldwide as the capital of wine, Bordeaux Metropole is the economic and cultural centre of the French region of Nouvelle Aquitaine and home to more than 774,000 people over 28 municipalities. The Metropole was the first territorial body in France to set up a Food Policy Council in 2017. with this Council, Bordeaux Metropole...
United Kingdom
Birmingham is a growing city with a population forecast to rise to 1.3 million within 15 years. One of the principle reasons for Birmingham’s growth is that it is the youngest city in Europe with an average age under-30. Birmingham is a very diverse city and by 2025 its population will be more than 50%...
Bergamo is a city of about 120,000 inhabitants in Italy’s Lombardy region. Bergamo has a growing University with seven faculties and several international research projects. In recent years, the municipal administration has introduced territorial government plans that safeguard urban agriculture, the necessary basis for promoting a proper food policy. It also supported actions to reduce...
Italy’s second city and economic centre of the county’s north is a leader in food policy and at the heart of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. In 2014, the Municipality of Milan, along with Cariplo Foundation, began to study the Milan food system, focusing on the urban food cycle of the underlying context and...