Flag Day | First herring catch in Scheveningen

Flag Day | First herring catch in Scheveningen

Jun 15, 2019
Port of Scheveningen
The Hague

Flag Day | First herring catch in Scheveningen

Attend a true Dutch tradition by celebrating the year’s first herring catch with an exciting, festive programme in the port of Scheveningen!

Flag Day - celebrating the first herring catch with a traditional street party

Flag Day (Vlaggetjesdag), which takes place each year in Scheveningen, is one of the biggest street parties around The Hague. Get an insight into the old Dutch fishing trade. Watch beautiful fishing boats arriving at the port and, meanwhile, catch a glimpse of local people dressed up in traditional clothing. 2019 will see the 71st edition of this traditional annual event.

The most renowned herring in the Netherlands

Herring is one of the most famous traditional Dutch foods. The trademark "Hollandse Nieuwe" is the tastiest and most renowned herring, which can be caught between mid-May and the end of June. On Flag Day, named after the Dutch flags that decorate the boats, the first herring catch is brought to shore, and all of The Hague heads out to the coastline to taste the first Hollandse Nieuwe herring of the season.

The first vat of fish is always auctioned off, and profits go to a charity. In 2016, the vat of herring was sold for 90.000 euros.

More than herring on Flag Day

There is much more to the day’s programme than just tasting the herring. Music, both modern and traditional, will be played all around the harbour. Join old Dutch children’s games, admire the boats, listen to the marching bands and take a look at traditional old Dutch trades being demonstrated for the occasion. Let's hope the Dutch weather stays fine for the event!