Project title: Innovative Solutions for the Rural Food Production Sector to Diversify into Sustainable Culinary Tourism Services (abbr. BASCIL)

Project background

BASCIL is a transnational cooperation project involving 15 partners from 8 countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Finland). From Lithuania, the project partners are the Association “Klaipeda region”, Lithuanian Countryside Tourism Association, and the Lithuanian Centre of Social Sciences.

Small producers in rural areas have recently experienced economic setbacks due to the pandemic. Food producers are currently facing higher production costs due to rising energy prices and inflation. All this has had a strong impact on the resilience of the local food sector in the Baltic Sea region.

According to the statistics of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the culinary tourism sector is growing rapidly in the world. In the Baltic Sea region, the local population is also more interested in local ingredients, food and culinary tourism. To keep up with the rising trend, there is demand in the tourism market for much more attractive culinary tourism offers and services. In Europe, the Baltic Sea region is still little known as a culinary tourism destination. The active involvement of food producers in the tourism sector is a great opportunity to make their offers more visible and attractive to visitors.

Project’s goal

The aim of the BASCIL project is to develop culinary tourism services in rural areas of the Baltic Sea region and to improve the resilience of local food producers through the diversification of their business activities in the field of the tourism sector.

International cooperation

It is important to gather and analyse the existing knowledge and best practices from the region. Then it is possible to create a sustainable and comprehensive solution for mitigating various risks of local food producers and networks in the Baltic Sea region. Through solving similar problems and joint analysis of various opportunities, strengths, and shortcomings, a synergy is created, which enables the creation of a common (but flexible) solution for these target groups.

The outputs of the project are publicly available and applicable to a wider group of food producers interested in business diversification.

The pilot regions and networks are included in the project from each country. From the Klaipeda region, Pamario Tourism Cluster is involved as a pilot region. Contact person: Gintarė Atkočiūnė, +37064823198,

Association “Klaipeda region” contact person: Project manager Raimonda Mc Geever, +37061416706,

The project budget (8 countries, 15 partners): EUR 3,388,965.55, of which the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is EUR 3,026,928.75

Project implementation period: 01.01.2023 – 31.12.2025. (36 month)