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Shad Fest April 28 & 29th 2018 – Yeah, its kind of a big deal and a lot of fun!

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.”

What’s the best way to eat shad?
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. As my father once told me, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing.”  Dad was right.

For everything you need to know about what to see, do, hear, and eat, visit the official Shad Fest website for up to the minute information:

See some fun photos here:

The Widow McCrea House is running Shad Fest weekend specials. Visit our website at for room descriptions and reservations. Call 908-996-4999 or email us at for more information. See you at the Festival! Hurry and make your reservations. We sell out every year and you don’t want to miss it!

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