A large Spanish delegation of chefs and experts from the fisheries sector is joining the Slow Fish 2013 event in Genoa, Italy, representing the significant work being done by their national Slow Food network to promote sustainable fisheries and consumption. Organized by Slow Food together with the Liguria Regional Authority, this sixth edition of Slow Fish is being held in Genoa, from May 9-12 at the city’s Porto Antico. Dedicated to the world of fish and marine ecosystems, it will bring together fishers, chefs, activists and experts from many countries and offer visitors an open-air market, Water Workshops and much more.
Marta Cavallé, from Lonxanet, a Spanish foundation dedicated to “working closely with artisanal fishermen towards social, economic and environmental sustainability” will attend Slow Fish with two fishermen who co-manage local communities of artisan fishers, scientists and civil society: Agustín Pérez Pernas, from Cofradia de Cedeira, and Primitivo Pedrosa, from Cofradia de Muros.
Allut will speak at the Water Workshop “Ocean Grabbing: Who Does the Sea Belong to?” on Saturday May 11, at 4pm, with Brett Tolley (USA), Seth Macinko (USA), Carsten Pedersen (Denmark), Miguel Cheuqueman Vargas (Chile) and Harald Zacarias Hansen (Norway). Pernas and Pedrosa will lead the Water Workshop “Towards Collective Management of Common Resources” with Lider Gongora (Ecuador), Hahn Goliath (South Africa) and Didier Rank (France) on Saturday May 11, at 7pm. The workshops will take place in the Water Workshop Room, and are free admission, subject to availability. The full program of Water Workshops is available on the event website: http://slowfish.slowfood.it/en/water-workshops/.
Ángel Léon, renowned and revolutionary chef from Aponiente in Cadiz and the Spanish television personality famous for reviving the popularity of lesser-known fish species, will give a cooking demonstration on Thursday May 9 at 6, 7, 7:30 and 8pm as part of the Fish ‘n’ Chef program. New to Slow Fish in 2013, the Fish ‘n’ Chef programs invites chefs to share their secrets and techniques for cooking sustainable species. In addition, Ángel Léon will host a Dinner Date with Gennaro Esposito, Michelin-starred chef from the Campania region in southern Italy. The dinner will take place at restaurant Baldin in Genoa Sestri Ponente, on Friday May 10, at 8:30pm.
Another Spanish chef, Jordi Casas, from Allium in Barcelona, will be cooking at the Alliance Bistrot on Saturday May 11 at 7pm. Over the course of the event, the Alliance Bistrot will host around twenty chefs who will prepare enticing seafood and fish dishes, some of which are part of the international Alliance between chefs and Slow Food Presidia, which now involves more than 350 restaurants from Italy, the Netherlands and Morocco. For more information on the Alliance Bistrot: http://slowfish.slowfood.it/en/the-alliance-bistrot/
Three other representatives from Catalonia will come to the event from the seaside town of Sitges north of Barcelona: Judith Albors Casanova, who is part of the technical staff in the Centro de Estudios del Mar, a center of education and information on the coastal environment, and fishers Oriol Serra Villanueva and Toni Martinez Sánchez from the Cofradia de Sitjes, a cooperative that has been working locally with Slow Food Del Garaff to improve local traceability and promotion of artisanal fishing techniques.
Other Spanish experts attending the Slow Fish event include the fishing consultant Montse Bargalló, who works towards sustainable fisheries management, and the marine biologist Fernando Condal Domingo.
The Spanish delegates will all also participate in the daily Slow Fish network meetings held every morning during the event.
Slow Fish is also an international campaign launched by Slow Food to promote good, clean and fair fish by informing consumers and encouraging interaction between those involved in the world of sustainable fisheries: www.slowfood.it/slowfish/welcome_en.lasso.