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.

Please note: the specials (Fish Festival, Game Buffet, and Indian Buffet) are not suitable for children. Therefore, there is no children's menu and/or children's entertainment in the children's corner during these evenings. We warmly welcome our youngest guests during the Saturday evening buffets, Sunday brunches, and/or holidays in the Live Cooking buffet restaurant!


  • Friday, September 20, 2024

Program of the previous edition (for reference)

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, 1st course

  • Homemade bisque with Dutch grey shrimp
  • Bowl of cockles & mussels to snack on

20:20 hrs - Show Arie Kuijt + 2nd course

  • Tenderly cooked halibut with beetroot, bulgur and Kesbeke onion

21:15 hrs - To the table, 3rd course

  • Cod with pearl barley and green curry

21:45 hrs - Dessert (4th course)

  • Dark chocolate with raspberry


  • € 122,50 p.p.

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 FishFestival, 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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