Festival of Smelt
EventsSaint Petersburg
Smelt is the unofficial symbol of the city, which Peter the Great called “The Tsar’s Fish.” The first such festival was held in 1708, but the tradition went dormant for many years. It was revived in 2003 when St. Petersburg celebrated its 300-year anniversary and today the Smelt Festival attracts thousands of guests to the famous LENEXPO exhibition center. Over two days you will have an opportunity to feast on all kinds of dishes cooked with this legendary, yet simple fish from soups to main courses to salads. Dates: May.