Slow Fish hosts numerous opportunities to explore through taste, encouraging awareness and pleasure through choices which impact our life quality and the health of the planet.

In past editions Slow Fish has highlighted the special attention we must pay to aquatic and coastal ecosystems, many of which are in a critical condition.

This year, visitors will be able to discover unique dishes and products that represent these ecosystems, and appreciate what’s at stake. 

Ligurian gastronomy

Many typical dishes of Ligurian gastronomy are great examples of the union of products from land and sea, and thus symbolic of coastal ecosystems:

  • Cappon magro. The perfect synthesis of seafood (lean fish and crustacean), vegetables (from beans to artichokes, beetroot to cauliflower) and other products (the traditional sauce is made using a pestle and mortar to crush anchovies, garlic, parsley, pine nuts, capers, hard-boiled egg yolks, breadcrumbs and olive pulp).
  • Brandacujun. Another cornerstone of Ligurian gastronomy, based on five simple ingredients: potatoes, cod, pine nuts, parsley and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Torta de anciöe. The “anchovy cake” is made with parsley, bread soaked in milk and grated cheese. In some variations you may find capers, white wine, oregano, fresh tomatoes or potatoes.
  • La Spezia style mussels. Once opened in the pan, the mussels are filled with a mix of egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan, mortadella, then cooked in a tomato sauce with the cooking water.

What’s cooking at Slow Fish?

At Slow Fish there’s more than just local cuisine, of course, and the complete calendar of activities will be published on April 19, including:

  • Taste Workshops. Guided tastings where we learn more about diverse types of seafood, as well as techniques of fishing, conservation, processing, and cooking.
  • Dinner Dates. A classic format at Slow Food events, where we explore coastal ecosystems through a multitude of dishes, with a selection of wines to pair.
  • Aperitif in the Arena. Come to the Slow Fish Arena in the early evening for an aperitif with producers of wines and extra virgin olive oils from coastal regions, and taste their products for yourselves!

Slow Fish 2023 is organized by Slow Food and the Liguria Region, with the support of the City of Genoa. We’re in the Porto Antico of Genoa from June 1-4. Sign up to the Slow Food newsletter for the latest updates. #SlowFish2023

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