April: Lisbon Fish and Flavours, Portugal
Thanks to its unique geography, Portugal’s seafood offers both a wide variety and great quality.
To celebrate, it’s capital city invites national and international chefs to work their magic with local produce across eleven days. The program attracts visitors worldwide, with presentations and master classes to leave their culinary knowledge as sharp as a fish knife.
April: Trout Festival, Belgium
In the town of Bouillon, in Belgium’s Wallonia region, all restaurants, from local eateries to fine dining, add the regional specialty- good old trout to their menu. Dishes include classics such as Meunières trout, Ardennes-style trout and trout with almonds. Food lovers flock to make the most of the fish of the month.
August: The Sardine Festival, Lesvos Island, Greece
Surrounded by the Aegean sea, it’s not surprising the Greek island of Lesvos is known for producing some of the best sardines in Europe. Each August Skala Kaloni, a town in the south of the island transforms its main square into an open air eatery to celebrate their fishy friends. The sardines are grilled, fried or salted on the fisherman’s boat (known as Sardeles Pastes). The fun and food is rounded off with a local live band and traditional dancers.
September: Belgrade Fish Fest
There probably isn’t a more-perfect place to celebrate Serbia’s love affair with fish than on the very spot where the river Danube meets the Sava river, right in the country’s capital. Home to Belgrade Fish Fest, an open-air festival, filled with good food, music and entertainment. Dishes are prepared in enormous pots, each day a different type of fish is celebrated. The event brings the region’s top fish chefs and restaurants for four days of cooking, eating, drinking and fun.
September: Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, Ireland
As the world’s longest running oyster festival, it has perfected packing its program full of events, try seafood trails, oyster shucking, eating competitions, foodie talks, cooking demos, food producer tours and family activities. Restaurants and food producers across the whole city participate, creating a magnificent gala event with live music through the streets of Galway.