A tree organic beeswax wrap from Slovenia awarded at the World Food Gift Challenge 2023

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A tree organic beeswax wrap from Slovenia awarded at the World Food Gift Challenge 2023

Unique stories and fine craftsmanship from across the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform took the international stage at IGCAT’s 4th World Food Gift Challenge. The competition awarded the ten best food gifts and craft gifts, among them also An Apple, A Bee and A Tree by, a tree organic beeswax wrap made by Tjaša Mesinger from Slovenia.

A tree organic beeswax wrap from Slovenia awarded at the World Food Gift Challenge 2023

On 27 April, the World Food Gift Challenge 2023 gathered 29 most outstanding food gifts and craft gifts related to food from eight awarded World/European Regions of Gastronomy: Catalonia (awarded 2016); South Aegean (awarded 2019); Slovenia (awarded 2021); Menorca (awarded 2022); Trondheim-Trøndelag (awarded 2022); Hauts-de-France (awarded 2023); Saimaa (awarded 2024); and Aseer (awarded 2024).

The jury selected three overall winners and seven category winners. In the Most Ecological Choice category, An Apple, A Bee and A Tree organic beeswax wrap by Tjaša Mesinger from Slovenia won. 

An Apple, A Bee and A Tree organic beeswax wrap is a completely natural and sustainable alternative to plastic foils, aluminum foils and bags. You can use it to wrap all kinds of foods (fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, sandwiches, pastry, snacks, leftovers…) and to cover bowls, cups, glasses…

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On behalf of the jury, Wendy Barrie, IGCAT Expert and Director of the Scottish Food Guide & Scottish Cheese Trail, Scotland, pointed out that: “It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to be on Kos and have the opportunity to evaluate products with such extraordinary quality. They have taken our hearts away! The jury has worked as a great team, collaborating and debating to give value to your products and their future. We once again acknowledged the importance of storytelling to evoke the story of the products and were impressed by the very high standards of all the gifts presented.”

The World Food Gift Challenge 2023 was organised by IGCAT in collaboration with the Region of South Aegean and with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dodecanese, the Chamber of Commerce of Cyclades, the Municipality of Kos, the Municipal Organisation of Culture, Sports and Nursery Schools of Kos (D.O.P.A.V. KOS), the Historic and Folklore Museum of Kos, Ktima Akrani and Workadu. IGCAT’s World Food Gift Challenge contributes to the protection and promotion of local food and cultural diversity by instilling local pride into local traditions and acknowledging outstanding products from local culinary cultures. The official ambassador of the project is Ana Roš, head chef and co-owner of 2-Michelin-starred restaurant Hiša Franko and 2017 World Best Female Chef.


IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations. IGCAT founded the World/European Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World/European Regions of Gastronomy Platforms. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the World Food Gift Challenge, the Top Websites for Foodie Travelers Award and the international Food Film Menu.

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