Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 11, 2013

Slow Fish Genova 2013

The main reason for our visit to Genova was to attend Slow Fish 2013. We have been 3 times to the Slow Food event, Salone del Gusto in Torino, so we thought it only fair that we should visit Slow Fish.


Slow Fish is a Biennial Event celebrating Sustainable Seafood.

In their own words Slow Fish is….

An opportunity to meet the fishing communities and fish mongers who provide us with good, clean and fair fish.

Discussions and workshops offering an in-depth look at artisinal fishing and aquaculture.

A chance to taste fish and seafood products of the highest quality.

Taste workshops for children and adults.

Classes on cooking sustainable fish, particularly underused species.

An information campaign on ‘ what good, clean and fair fish ‘ means in the Mediterranean, and shopping tips.

Film screenings and exhibitions.

We were there on the first day. It is held in the beautiful Porto Antico area on the seafront in Genova.


Come for a walk through the fair.















There was a good bookshop, and of course there were Tshirts for sale.



The children’s area was popular. As well as talks about fish, the children got to practise their drawing skills.



We had not booked for the cooking classes, so we missed out on this bit…next time.


All this looking at food made us hungry, so we wandered off to the restaurant area beside Slow Fish and found 2 lovely ladies cooking up a storm.






The other one was a bit camera shy.

It was all a bit too much for some, and they needed a serious rest.


Slow Fish is on until Sunday 12th May. You can still make it if you hurry.


  1. Shame you missed the cooking demos – I’d have been interested to hear about cooking unusual types of fish – it’s one of the things that stops me buying fish I don’t know, not knowing how best to cook it. Seems you had a terrific time, anyway – though perhaps not as good as some? 🙂 What about that harbour sculpture! Did it do anything practical, or was it just modern Italian?

    • The small sails moved around a bit, but it is just pretty I think. The lessons would probably have been in Italian and my Italian is OK, but I don’t always pick up everything said and sometimes I am concentrating so hard I forget to have fun.

      • Oh, Debra, I’m sorry – but I had to laugh at your Italian dilemma – know just what you mean – I’m the same with my Sinhala! 🙂

      • Sometimes I think my Italian is OK, then I try going to a movie and I just come out with a headache.

  2. This sounds absolutely amazing! I think we really need to think about sustainability in these times and this seems like the perfect way to do it. A beautiful day xcat

    • I think it is excellent that there is a focus on educating children, they are the future.

  3. Forget my fish n chips at Barga – I think I’ll go there next year – many thanks for pointing out this festival!

    • The next Slow Fish will be in 2015. Next year will be Salone del Gusto in Torino. That is really worth going to, but make sure you go on the first day and be first in, it becomes very crowded in the afternoons.

      • Many thanks for letting me know.

  4. What do the Itlians call those ‘petite fritture ‘ lightly battered fried fish. Look good enough to eat. Did you try them?

    • We did eat the little fish, called acciughe, anchovies, and they were delicious. I don’t know of an all round name for small fried fish.

  5. Bahaha. what a dry wit you have deb. I have my skates on in order to hurry to the slow fish thingo. Beautiful pix ss usual. .

    • It would be a bit of a stretch to get there from Brisbane in time.

  6. I adore seafood and so upset to miss this . I am traveling June 18 and hope to spend some time with one of my daughters in the Tuscany. Our family is from Coreglia Antelminelli . Thank you for Paola’s contact in Lucca . We are also hoping to visit Bagni Di Lucca , a surprise spa experience for my daughter should be a winner with her .Love to catch up if you are available .

    • I will be in Bagni di Lucca until the end of June. Let me know if you will be in my area.

  7. Debra–what great shots! That last one is a classic. I love the still life fish-on-a-plate, and wish I’d been there with the kids drawing it.

    • I could’t resist that last photo. I think the 2 women were trying to catch a bit of sun as well as having a rest. I love the way they get children involved in the event.

  8. Seems like you had another fabulous and fun day Debra! The food shots look divine 🙂

    • Genova is a great place to visit and Slow Fish was the icing on the cake.

  9. I get the impression you ate well. 😉

    • Foos is almost always good in Italy.

  10. What an interesting event…the kids must have enjoyed it too.

    • The children we saw seemed to be having lots of fun.

  11. Oh the scents must have been just heavenly! HMM.. lovely post.. c

    • I do like the smell of frying fish, and it tasted good too.

  12. I love seafood so I would love this event so much! And hehe that picture of the people sleeping is so cute 😛

    • I’m sure you would love Slow Fish. Go to Genova in 2015.

  13. Oh how I would love to go here one day. What a great day that would have been!

    • Genova is only 2 hours from Bagni di Lucca. We have driven through many times and stayed for a few hours a couple of years ago. It was great to be able to spend a bit of time there.

  14. I always thought the fish rule was to cook it quickly. And I still don’t know what to do with that fish roe…any suggestions?

    • Throw it out would be my suggestion. I don’t want to eat it.

  15. I’ve never heard of Slow Fish. Looks great- t would be fun to go there one year!

    • It happens in the year when Slow Food, Salone del Gusto in Torino does not.

  16. Much more interesting than a Slow Meat Day!

  17. Offices have been opened in Switzerland (1995), Germany (1998), New York City (2000), France (2003), Japan (2005), the United Kingdom and Chile . Global headquarters are located in Bra , near Turin , Italy. Numerous publications are put out by the organization, in several languages around the world. Recent efforts at publicity include the world’s largest food and wine fair, the Salone del Gusto in Turin , a biennial cheese fair in Bra called Cheese, the Genoan fish festival called SlowFish , and Turin ‘s Terra Madre (“Mother Earth”) world meeting of food communities.

    • We have been members of Slow Food for years and have been to Bra. I have yet to attend the cheese festival.


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