Flag day

June 17th, 2017

Try Hollandse Nieuwe herring and enjoy the festivities on Flag Day or, as the Dutch call it, Vlaggetjesdag.

Flag Day in Scheveningen is one of the biggest street festivals in The Hague. The flags in the spa town of Scheveningen flutter in the wind, music can be heard everywhere and even the youngest inhabitants wear traditional attire. The new herring catch of the year is celebrated on Flag Day. The Hague comes to the coast in droves to taste the first ‘New Dutch’ of the season.

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.