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  • 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 www.shadfest.com 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.”