Mar 24, 2009

Once upon a time...

...there was a sea of fishes. The Mediterranean’s fish, its stories and also the problems it faces will be the focus of Slow Fish 2009, to be held April 17-20 in the Genoa Fiera’s new Pavilion B, designed by Jean Nouvel and facing the sea. A chance to shop at the Market, and explore local gastronomic traditions at the Taste Islands and Seafood Osterias.

Slow Food Presidia will describe products and production methods to be discovered and protected, while in-depth discussions of topical issues will take place during the Water Workshops. At the Enoteca,visitors can taste the best wines to pair with seafood, and at Street Food and the new "Fishwiches" area one can find out how even fast food can also be good, clean and fair.

I quote the event's website welcome message:
"It might seem provocative, but the main theme of Slow Fish is the right to pleasure. In the midst of so many dire warnings about the state of our seas, among all the prohibitions we have to remember to stop species like bluefin tuna and swordfish from becoming extinct, now more than ever Slow Food feels the need to give priority to its legendary trademark principle, the right to pleasure."

If all goes according to plan, I might be able to attend. I'm looking into one of the event's workshops. The "Navigating Markets and Kitchens" Master of Food is organized to provide the public with the tools needed to choose, fish and cook seafood to perfection. Each course is divided into two lessons. The first focuses on shopping, and includes an introduction to the sea system and the supply of caught, farmed and frozen fish by a team of experts. The second involves practical food preparation and tasting. There will also be time for some dolphin watching and coastal marine ecology tours of the area's marine protected oases, reaturant scouting, and excursions to Cinque Terre, Portofino and Camogli. Cant' wait.

I'll be your blogland correspondent; gathering news, recipes, local specialties, zero nautical mile-impact guidelines for seafood eating and much, much more. Keep your fingers crossed.


  1. Yes! Be my blogland correspondent. What was the story behind the Sea of Fishes? Is it a legend about ... the Mediteranean? I like their logo.

  2. That was just the event's tag line, a storybook incipit, suggesting a begginning of something pleasurable. The logo is great. I was in graphic design for 10 years before switching to film, and it is a fantastic art form. Ciao

  3. Fingers firmly crossed, Lola, that you will be able to be our fish correspondent. How perfectly perfect that would be!

    (I watched the most horrifying documentary on BBC last night about yellowfin tuna and the Japanese. No more tuna sushi for me for a while, I think.)

  4. Lola, you're our official ambassador. Lovely post.

  5. Slow fish. We could use that slogan in so many places, Slow shop, Slow eat, Slow live. It's the message that counts. Be aware of it all as you're doing it, right?

    (And by the way, the compliment you paid me the other day will go down in history as one of the best formulated sentences and gifts ever! Thank you.)

  6. Slow fish, this is new to me, I've heard of slow food, is it the same? I do hope you can attend everything you like Lola, it all sounds so exciting. And yes, my fingers are crossed.

  7. Tessa - Oh yeah. It's abalone or bust.

    Rosaria - Grazie amica mia.

    Erin - My mantra, yes. I'm blushing re the part in parentheses, thank you.

    Lori - Yes, Slow Fish is the offsping of Carlo Petrini's Slow Food movement. Let's hope I can go!

    Natalie - Oh me too!! Ciao