Fish, preserves, salt, spices and extra virgin olive oil. Slow Fish 2021 brings you the best products from the sea, freshwater and inland.

Slow Food events offer a unique opportunity to meet extraordinary producers from across the world in person, taste and buy their products and learn about their characteristics and history.

This year the market will be a little different, in respect of the health & safety measures to combat Covid-19; the exhibition stands will enrich the institutional stands they’re linked to across the squares of Genoa.

Slow Fish 2019
Slow Fish Market, 2019

Fish & seafood

The producers are selected according to strict criteria. For example, the sale of bluefin tuna and swordfish is not allowed, either fresh or preserved. Nor is farmed salmon, though wild salmon may be sold if it is caught in Alaskan or Canadian waters. The only eels you’ll find come from sustainable producers such as the Slow Food Presidia and other projects in which the fishers are actively committed to resource management and repopulation. Cod, meanwhile, may only be sold if it comes from fishing zones where stocks are not at risk.

These are only some of the guidelines that Slow Food has developed to make sure the producers at our marketplace operate in line with the Slow Food philosophy.

Salt, spices, oils and preserves

Another protagonist at Slow Fish is one of the greatest gifts of the sea, the sun and the wind, and one of the most important ingredients in every kitchen: salt, produced in magical landscapes where white pyramids stand along the coastline. Last but not least, spices, extra virgin olive oil and preserves: everything you need for an excellent fish recipe.

Craft beers and food trucks

The food trucks and craft beer stands return to Genoa from July 1-4. From bruschetta to focaccia, fried fish and gourmet panini, this is your chance to taste all the excellence of street food from across Italy all in one place, and wash it all down with the finest Italian craft beers.

So what have we got it in store? Among the ten food trucks we have Scottadito, a traveling street food vendor in an Ape Piaggio, established in 2012 in San Benedetto del Tronto, who present their own version of fish & chips at Slow Fish. From Liguria we have the courageous Camugin, who’ve continued to promote their land (and sea) throughout the pandemic, with breaded, fried anchovies and local delicacy panissa, a cousin of the more famous farinata.

The perfect pairing? There’s an embarrassment of riches on offer with twelve breweries selected for this edition of Slow Fish. To name just two: the Maltus Faber pub which encapsulates both the adventurous spirit of Genovese sailors and the Trappist brewing tradition; and the team of Birrificio del Forte, established in 2011 in Pietrasanta, who, year after year, have built their own solid brewing identity over the last decade, one we can taste loud and clear in Genoa.