The brand-new FishFestival at Van der Valk hotel Sassenheim - Leiden is the ultimate food event for the fish lover! In cooperation with fish and filleting specialist Arie Kuijt, we provide an evening-long programme with various demos and beautiful fish dishes. Alongside Arie, SVH-Meesterkok and Executive Chef of Nest restaurant, Rogér Rassin, as well as OZZO Oriental Restobar's Japanese Sushimaster chef, Takashi Nakanowatari, will also stimulate your senses during this spectacular evening.


  • Dates and times for 2024 will follow asap.

Programme 2023

18:30 hrs - Reception

  • Fresh oysters and a festive glass of bubbly
  • Smelt & aioli

19:15 hrs - Show Arie Kuijt & sushi chef Takashi

  • Tuna filleting
  • Tasting sessions; tuna sashimi & tataki, cut fresh from the knife with various toppings 

19:45 hrs - Sushi

  • Two sushis, composed of the tuna

20:00 hrs -To the table

  • Homemade bisque with Dutch shrimps

20:20 hrs - Show Arie Kuijt

  • Tender cooked halibut with lentil dahl, tomato and naan bread
  • Bowl of cockles & mussels to snack on
  • Various seaweed appetisers

21:15 hrs - To the table

  • Grilled sea bass with celeriac, cavalo nero and mushrooms

21:45 hrs - Dessert

  • Chocolate mousse with almond biscuit, raspberry and caramel sauce

From 22:00 hrs

  • Lounge & DJ @ OZZO Oriental Restobar (drinks on post-calculation)


  • Prices for the 2024 FishFestival will follow asap.

Includes 4-course wine pairing during the evening. Other drinks will be settled on subsequent calculation.

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Payment and cancellation conditions

Please note that the FishFestival is subject to a 100% deposit. You can make the payment online directly when booking your table, or otherwise make the payment at the hotel reception until 1 week before the event at the latest. Free cancellation is possible until 1 week before the event at the latest.

FishFestival package including overnight stay

Enjoy a wonderful stay in our hotel after the FishFestival with the FishFestival package! This package includes entrance to the fish show on 16 September 2023, an overnight stay in one of our spacious Comfort or Deluxe hotel rooms and an extensive breakfast buffet the next morning. 

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