Pesto World Championship will be held in Genoa’s historic Palazzo Ducale, Salone del Maggior Consiglio. 100 competitors from all over the world will prepare Genoese pesto exclusively with a pestle and mortar, using only authentic, genuine ingredients. The Championship is open to both professional and amateur cooks.

Program of the Day

h.8.30 am – Accreditation of Participants, delivery of material and placement

h.9.30 am – Arrival of Judges, delivery of material and forms

h.10.30 am – Arrival of Authorities, Committee of Honors and Press

h.11 am – Greeting of Authorities and presentation by Organizzation

h.11.25 am – Hymn of the Pesto World Championship

h.11.30 am – Competition start

h.12.10 am – Competition end

h.12.45 am – Proclamation of 10 finalists and awards for children

h.13 am – Buffet with focaccia and white wine and other typical Ligurian products

h.14.30 am – Final competition of the 10 finalists

h.15.10 am – Conclusion and meeting of the jury

h.15.15 am – Award ceremony for the drawing competition “Quanto mi piace il pesto!”

h.15.30 am – Proclamation of 2008 World Champion

…around the Championship…..

h10am/17pm – Ligurian Olive Oil Tasting (Sala del Minor Consiglio)

Entrance Doge’s apartment (in front of Sala del Maggiore e Minore Consiglio)

h10 am: Kids’ Championship

h10am/18 pm – “Traditions and Tecnologies in the production of pesto”

h10am/18 pm – Exhibition of primary school students’ drawings titled “Il Pesto a merenda – Ma quanto mi piace il pesto!” cura di Coldiretti Liguria “Pesto: I like it!” promoted by Coldiretti Liguria

… … And also

h10am/18pm – Guided Tours to discover the historic city and its surroundings

h19/20.30pm – “Pesto Party” presso il Munizioniere (su invito) 19.00-20.30 – “Pesto Party” at the Munizioniere room (by invitation only)