Eat, Play, Shop at New Hope-Lambertville Shad Festival April 28-29

Shad Fest

New Hope-Lambertville Shad Festival is set for Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 12:30 to 5:30. This rain or shine event is beloved by residents and visitors.

What can you do at the Shad Fest — other than eating shad? Here’s a list of the Top 5 from the festival organizers:

5. Shop. 
Honor the roots of Shad Fest by purchasing local arts and crafts. Over 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!

4. Play.
Shad Fest has lots of ways for families to join in the fun. The Kids’ Bazaar in the North Union parking lot gives kids of all ages the chance to create their own arts and crafts, from making candles to printing T-shirts. And, the Lambertville Station parking lot has carnival rides!
Face Painting, Sand Art, and other children’s activities.

Check out the Shad hauling demonstrations Sat & Sun at 1pm on Lewis Island at the end of Lambert Lane. The Lewis family has been fishing these waters since 1888, and holds the only remaining commercial license to catch shad with nets.

3. Support.
Local non-profits use Shad Fest as a venue to raise awareness and funds to support their important missions.
2. Listen.
Live music fills the air at Shad Fest. Acts ranging from rock to country & western to blues and funk perform Saturday and Sunday
1. Taste.
Shad Fest delights all five senses with local culinary specialties. Come hungry and expect intense satisfaction.
Everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be the tried and true favorites: shad chowder, hot dogs, fried oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade for the traditionalists! Don’t forget to try some of Wild Bill’s Olde Fashion Soda featuring wonderful homemade sodas like root beer, cream soda and sasparilla.

People new to Shad Fest ask a lot of questions. Here are the answers to a few:

What is a shad?
The American Shad is the largest fish in the herring family. Every spring, shad migrate from salt water to fresh water to reproduce. Fishermen call this the “annual spring shad run.”

Chefs prepare shad in a variety of ways. A lot of people like it smoked. One of the best local shad recipes is from Paul Eschallier of Bell’s Tavern: Shad & Shrimp Fritters. Yum.

What if I don’t like fish?
No worries, Shad Fest welcomes lovers of all foods. There are so many things to do, see and eat at Shad Fest; you’ll love it whether you like fish or not. Spend some time exploring to plan your perfect day!

Is there a rain date?

The fun doesn’t stop in Lambertville due to a few rain drops. Shad Fest takes place rain or shine. Be sure you dress for the weather. A wise friend once told me, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”