Children’s Championship

Non-challenging Genoa Pesto competition reserved to children. Participation is free and open to children from 5 to 10 years old. It is held in Salone del Minor Consiglio at Palazzo Ducale, Saturday, March 17, in the morning. HERE the details

Piccolo Coro Lollipop


Children – between 5-13 years old – will sing in Genoese dialect the anthem of Pesto World Championship written by Buio Pesto. The chorus is lead by singer Antonella Serà, director of A.L.C.A.demia music school.

I Ristoranti della “Settimana del Pesto”

Thanks to Ascom and Confesercenti, in collaboration with Genova Gourmet, during the Championship week, Genoese and Ligurian restaurants offer typical dishes based on pesto with special fixed price menus. Click HERE to check out 2018 Pesto week restaurants.

Information desks and tasting

Main Ligurian consortia of the food sector present their typical local productions of quality in Salone del Minor Consiglio at Palazzo Ducale, during the entire day of the Championship.

Vetrine in “gara”

Showcases competition in collaboration with ASCOM and CONFESERCENTI; genoese showcases will be fit out with the Theme of Genoa Pesto World Championship. The best one will be prized.

Ancient Mortars exibition

Exibition of historical mortars owned by Genoese families, in the exibition area of Salone del Minor Consiglio.

Pesto Talk

As part of the activities aimed at UNESCO recognition and during the food year it will be possible to be interviewed and record their experiences, stories and personal and family testimonies on the relationship with Pesto and the approach with mortars and pestles; in the Sala del Minor Council of Palazzo Ducale during the day of 17 March.

“Annullo postale”

It will be possible to receive a postcard of the day with a specific postage stamp and postmark by Poste Italiane, at the entrance of Sala del Maggior Consiglio.

Corner Palatifini and Fondo Tumori e Leucemie del Bambino

At the entrance to the Sala del Minor Consiglio, two information areas will be set up dedicated to the Palatifini Association and to the Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Fund, which has been working for 50 years on the professionalism of doctors, research and direct assistance to children sick in the hospital.

Guided tour in the Historic Center “Artisans in Liguria”

Saturday, March 17 there will be the opportunity to be accompanied in the streets of the historic center for the itinerary “A day as a craftsman”, edited by Confartigianato Liguria, where the participants will discover the artisan shops of the historic streets of Genoa. The departure is scheduled at 17.15 from Palazzo Ducale in the area in front of the Salone del Maggior Consiglio and the tour with the guide will have a maximum duration of 2 hours, returning to the Palazzo Ducale again. It is possible to book for the sightseeing tour , until 12.00 on Saturday 17 March 2018, at the reception point set up outside the Salone del Maggior Consiglio. The same path can be done freely, during the World Pesto mortar days, using the free APP of the YouLiguria site that can be downloaded at

Pesto Party

Event by invitation. On the occasion of the World Championship, the restaurants of the Genoa Gourmet and Liguria Gourmet Association will offer quality food and drinks, with reference to the Ligurian culinary tradition, to Italian and foreign guests in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio.

During the evening guests will enjoy the music of the gypsy jazz genovese quartet Madame Belleville inspired by the gypsy sounds of django reinhardt’s manouche music and the swing of the origins of New Orleans. The group consists of: Simone Dabusti (trumpet), Enrico Pagnucci and Fabian Villavicencio (guitars), Gabriele Greggio (double bass).

Other related activities:

Friday March 16th. “Pesto last minute” at the “Sala Trasparenza” of the Liguria Region in Piazza de Ferrari demonstrations and lessons on “Pesto Genovese al Mortaio” starting from 3 pm

From 12 to 18 March. Week of Genoese Pesto.

– “Pesta and Firma!” Events to support UNESCO project. Pesto for everybody in 100 squares in Liguria! Events organised bu Regione Liguria in collaboration with the Chambers of Commerce of Genoa and Liguria Rivieras and many Ligurian Municipalities! To know all the squares of the event click here!

– Pesto of Ligurian restaurateurs. Menu focused on Genovese Pesto by participating restaurants

The most beautiful “Vetrina al Pesto” contest in Genoa and Liguria organized by Ascom and Confesercenti

Collection of signatures of adhesion to the UNESCO Project, look for the nearest square! Genova, piazza De Ferrari, Saturday 17th. Many municipalities in Liguria Sunday 18th!

Sunday 18th Genoa, old Darsena. Pesto demonstration on the day of arrival of “Museo Navigante”, in collaboration with the Galata Museo del Mare. Here the program.