The 2021 edition of Slow Fish is extraordinary, both because it’s one of the first events of its kind to be held in person in Italy in over a year, and also because, in order to respect health & safety measures such as social distancing, the event will be spread around the squares and streets of the old town rather than being concentrated in a mass gathering at the Porto Antico.

There are four main areas for Slow Fish 2021, where’ll find exhibition stands and activity areas: Piazza Caricamento, Piazza De Ferrari, Piazza Matteotti and Piazza della Vittoria. Take a tour around the old town and stop by Casa Slow Food, browse the products on offer the Earth Markets, enjoy a taste education experience at the Enoteca and the Taste Workshops.

There’ll be educational activities for children and families, a chance to meet local Slow Food activists who organize events and activities throughout the year.

We’re also hosting an art installation thanks to our main partner FPT Industrial, Consider yourself as a guest (Cornucopia), produced by American artist Christian Holstad using plastic waste. The work was first presented at the Venice Biennale 2019 and Artissima 2019 in Turin.

Watch out for QBA Craft Beer’s new Food & Beershop, an unmissable stop for lovers of the Italian brewing tradition and a chance to taste carefully-chosen culinary delights made using beer. To share these experiences online, we’re also providing free wi-fi for our visitors through our main partner BBBell.

Italian regions at Slow Fish

A dialog between land and sea, where human action on the former have a massive impact on the latter. With this in mind, the regional authorities of Italy tells us about their projects to protect and promote their seas, their coastal towns, their traditions and their products. From north to south, Liguria to Calabria, Puglia to Campania. We take on a virtual tour of these regions and introduce you to the people making a difference.

Learn through play

The interactive exhibition Fish‘n’Tips at Casa Slow Food offers information about marine biodiversity, our food choices, and the effects of climate change on our waters. Learn through play with Grande Blu – a card game designed by Planet Idea and Alga Favini. To engage our younger visitors we also have pixel art toys by Quercetti made specially for Slow Fish.

Earth Markets

Piazza Matteotti is where you’ll find the Earth Markets, part of an international network of markets that follow Slow Food principles, offering good, clean and fair food through local, fresh and seasonal products; they respect the environment and the work of the producers; they are offered at fair prices, for those who buy and for those who sell. At Slow Fish we’ll have representatives from Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Tuscany.

Exhibitors at Slow Fish

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. We’ll have fish, preserves, salts, spices and extra virgin olive oils, of course, but also food trucks and craft beer.  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.


To toast a return to socializing, stop by the Enoteca where you can choose from among 300 labels from winemakers belonging to the Wine Bank Club in Pollenzo and featured in the Slow Wine guide. FISAR-accredited sommeliers will be on hand to guide your choices.

Taste Workshops

The Taste Workshops return to Genoa, as we rediscover the pleasure of sensory education and listening to the stories of the people behind the products. There are six workshops on offer between Friday, July 2, and Sunday, July 4, as we take a tour of some of Italy’s finest seafood specialties.

Dinner Dates

To get the very best taste experience at Slow Fish, the Dinner Dates return with four special dinners held at Eataly Genova, at the Il Marin restaurant and the Ancioa bistrot. Places are limited to guarantee social distancing. Book yours now and dive into a sea  of new knowledge!

Art exhibitions! 

Last of all, there are two beautiful art exhibitions being held at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa during the days of Slow Fish, with a discount on entry for Slow Food members: Italy of Magnum and Michelangelo, Divine Artist.