June 17, 2023, Scheveningen
The 'New Dutch' herring is caught between mid-May and the end of June. Earlier than this the herring is too lean; later than this it is too fatty. The first catch of the season is brought in to shore on Flag Day. The first cask is sold at auction and the profit is donated to charity.
Scheveningen festival programme
Although the herring catch is the occasion of the festival, there is more on the programme than sampling fish during this event. Festival-goers can participate in Old Dutch children's games, sing along with popular artists, tour boats, listen to bands and check out traditional handicrafts. And, of course, you can also watch all the happenings from one of the many terraces for which Scheveningen is known.
Flag Day is a free event that is held every year in June.