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All the bargains not to be missed at Genoa's Old Port from 1 to 4 June 2023

28, Apr 2023

Now in its eleventh edition, Slow Fish returns to Genoa from 1 to 4 June 2023. Organized by Slow Food and the Liguria Region, in collaboration with the Municipality of Genoa, the biennial event dedicated to aquatic ecosystems returns to the Porto Antico, a symbol of the city's maritime culture, with the Coast to Coast theme, a way to underline how the environments water and land are closely interconnected ecosystems. Educational activities, Taste Workshops, Aperitifs and Street Cuisine: here is a taste of the events dedicated to visitors of the four days in Genoa.

Taste Workshops: from coastal flavors to inland fruits
At Slow Fish, the pleasure linked to taste is approached in a conscious manner, remembering that both the quality of our life and the health of the planet depend on our choices. There is no shortage of Taste Workshops, hosted in the Sala Reale Mutua of the Slow Food stand. Opportunities to taste not only fish and mussels, but also wines, oils and products that represent the diversity and richness of coastal agriculture, without forgetting the environmental issues related to the fish world and our consumption habits: for example, taste the magnificent mussels dello Spezzino offers us the opportunity to talk about a form of sustainable farming that is dealing with important problems, such as climate change and predation by sea bream, for which mussels are a precious source of food. And still workshops dedicated to entire territories, from the island of Giglio to Trasimeno, from the Carso to Brindisino and Conero. Or whose protagonists are products of excellence such as the oils featured in the Guide to Extra Virgin Olive Oils, or the mysterious world of salt, flavored with herbs or colored in a perfectly natural way, not to mention the wines, the expression of producers who have joined Slow Wine Coalition, recommended by the Slow Wine guide or hosted in the Pollenzo Wine Bank.

To guide us in the discovery of culinary traditions, territories and products are the same protagonists, including fishermen, winegrowers and olive growers and food artisans narrated thanks to the guides and other tools created by Slow Food to promote those who make good, clean and fair food its inspiring principle and obviously the chefs who are part of the Slow Food Alliance and the guide to the Osterie d'Italia. Among these Alessandro Massone, chef of Rosmarino di Genova with his unmistakable brandacujun, an essential anti-waste dish of the local gastronomy based on cod or stockfish, potatoes and olives; Simone Circella de la Brinca di Ne, a small scattered municipality in the Genoese hinterland, with its "land fish" transformed with the experience and sensitivity that is its own; Lorenzo Dasso who transforms the fish he catches with his fishing boat Raieu II into unforgettable dishes in the family tavern in Lavagna; Lorenzo Zappi, chef of the Marcello restaurant in Portonovo, with his cuttlefish in broth which in Genoa is offered lacquered with Conero honey.

SOS: let's save the crayfish
Organized by Slow Food and the Genoa Aquarium with the support of UniCredit, the educational activities of Slow Fish 2023 are developed in the context of the City of Children and Young People and involve not only schools and families, but all visitors who wish to learn while having fun, exploring the mysterious world of alien species. The alien species are the most formidable adversary of Austropotamobius pallipes, the Italian crayfish. It is a crustacean that lives in the waterways of our country: it was once very common, but for many years it has been in serious danger and must be helped.

Other species of crayfish, all from very distant places, are spreading where the Italian crayfish lives. Louisiana shrimp, California shrimp, and American shrimp, in addition to being large, strong and resistant, are healthy carriers of a very dangerous disease that kills our shrimp. But that's not all: the pollution of watercourses, illegal fishing and the increase in temperatures are other dangers that the Italian crayfish must try to survive.

The salvation of crayfish is the objective of the LifeClaw project (, co-financed by the European Union, which aims to contribute to the conservation of this endangered species, thanks to its breeding, the reintroduction in our courses of water and the capture of invasive American crayfish. Through activities, stories of experts and games of all kinds, we experience the knowledge of this species to be protected in order to understand together how to save and protect these deeply endangered crustaceans.

Stories and tastings between aperitifs and street kitchens
Every day at 7 pm, the Slow Fish Arena hosts the daily Aperitifs, moments in which to discover unique agricultural stories.

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