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Quick guide to Lambertville Shad Fest 2014

shadWhat’s Shad Fest all about?

Lambertville residents hosted the first Shad Fest in 1981 to highlight the local art scene. The Shad Fest tradition was born as spring blossomed, the shad made their way upriver, and the locals strolled through town enjoying the arts and crafts of their friends and neighbors.

Fast forward to 2014: Shad Fest has grown from a local event to an award-winning tourist attraction. It takes place April 26 and 27, 12:30-5:30 p.m. each day, and there’s no fee for admission.

What is a shad?
The American Shad is the biggest 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. Jim Hamilton, Lambertville Station and others have incredible variations.

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 the Lambertville Chamber page on Shad Fest 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.

Where do I park?
Sections of Lambertville’s main streets will be closed for the festival, and parking spaces fill in the morning. Follow the parking signs to the Shad Fest lot and park for the entire day for $10. Shuttle buses will transport you to the festival from the lot located at the ESC School West Amwell Campus, 1422 Route 179, Lambertville. Proceeds benefit the Lambertville – New Hope Rotary.

Another great place to park is at New Hope-Solebury High School on West Bridge Street, just a couple of blocks up from Main Street. Proceeds benefit school activities.

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Shad Fest (according to

5. Shop.
Honor the roots of Shad Fest by purchasing local arts and crafts. Be sure to stop by the Poster Display and Auction where local artists donate original poster designs for auction to fund scholarships for local students heading to college to study art. There’s also local art at Lambertville Hall on Bridge Street.

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. Check out the Shad hauling demonstrations…

3. Support.
Local non-profits use Shad Fest as a venue to raise awareness and funds to support their important missions. Learn about animal rescue groups like Tabby’s Place, the Setter Rescue and the Peaceful Mountain Horse rescue.

2. Listen.
Live music fills the air at Shad Fest. Acts ranging from rock to country & western to blues and funk perform. Click here for the concert schedule.

1. Taste.
Shad Fest delights all five senses with local culinary specialties. Come hungry and expect intense satisfaction. Scope the Food Court early to plot your eating course for the day. There you’ll find the Bell’s Tavern Shad and Shrimp fritters, festival staples like hotdogs and Triumph Brewery’s pulled pork and beer. Other favorites are Jim Hamilton’s shad cooking demo, and shadwiches from the Inn at Lambertville Station.

Shad Fest Vendors

Peri Taylor
Bob Richey
Phillip Singer
Tim Shanley
Patricia Walkar

Tasselled Totes

Joanne Carole
Diane Chapman – Distinctive Designs by Diane (Scarves)
Lori Curtis – Babies n Bows
Cynthia Farina
Kerry Klinger
Val Sivilli,  Civilian

Blind Bob’s Pottery
Goose Creek Pottery
Ripple Pottery

For The Home
The Bow Knife

Dung Luu
Pam Cutler
Penny Despos
Tracey Lemer
Nora Lewis
Steven Manning
Clare Marshall
Robin Miller
Kim O’Hara
Kristi Payton
Tonya Perri

Col de Mar

Celtic Hearths

Anneliese Honsinger Pet Bandanas
Timothy Robson

Marjorie Samero    Step by Stepping Stones

Lanelle Gallagher – Face Painting
Herbertsville Honey
Charlie Keifrider -Children’s Games and Activities
Craig Ferrante – Children’s Amusements

Ampersand Projects
The Bucks County Herald
Bucks County River Country
Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty SPONSOR
River Valley Landscape Design
River Valley Realty
River’s Edge Chiropractic

East End Foodies Specialty Vinegars and Finishing Oils
Freszy’s Concessions – Sour Tails Imported Licorice
Giuseppe’s    Italian Ice
Kath’s Catering  Watermelon
Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream
The Nutty Bavarian
Papa’s Kettle Korn
Pappardelle’s Pasta
The Philly Pretzel Factory
Sandy’s LLC – Desserts and Cupcakes
Tortuga’s Cocina

Bucks County Playhouse
Delaware River Basin Commission
Delaware River Shad Fisherman’s Association
Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom S.P.L.A.S.H.
FACT of Bucks County
Fisherman’s Mark -Lambertville Academy
Friends of SHRHS Robotics
HART Commuter Information (Sat. only)
Lambertville Area Education Foundation
Lambertville Environmental Commission (Sun. only)
Lambertville Historical Society
Make Peace With Animals Greyhound Rescue
Meals on Wheels of Hunterdon County
New Hope Celebrates
SHRHS Class of 2016

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