News in 2017



On May 1314, the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex was the scene of the 15th Smelt Celebration festival, attended by more than 15,500 visitors. Chefs from St. Petersburgs finest restaurants prepared smelt on outdoor grills and made general ukha according to a recipe by Alexander Menshikov.

The festival traditionally kicks off with the ukha tasting. It’s made from thirteen kinds of fish, boiled in a gigantic 1,000-litre vat, and stars the little fish as the main ingredient.

“Smelt has been a symbol of St. Petersburg for a long time – despite the fact that it’s also caught in Europe – and in the North, and in the Far East. With the opening of the celebration, the City on the Neva is filled for several days with the grilled aroma of the delicious fish, helping to remind everyone that spring has finally arrived,” declared Deputy Head of the Northwest Territorial Administration of the RF Federal Fisheries Agency, Andrey Yakovlev, from the stage. For many years now, an important element of the celebration has been the “Fish-Stocking” campaign, aimed at supporting the salmon population in the Baltic Sea. During the campaign, festival participants release hatchlings of the rare fish into the waters of the Gulf of Finland. As the organisers noted, the action is particularly popular among kids.

Guests were treated to a packed entertainment programme: tug-of-war, kettlebell routines and a fishing competition. What’s more, bumper-ball was organised this year for locals and tourists, dubbed “Caviar of Thrones.” An art space also operated separately for festival participants, where poems were recited, songs were sung and photographs were displayed in the “Smelt – My Love!” competition. Guests could also enjoy the works of the legendary group of St. Petersburg-based artists Mitki, and the celebration was accompanied by performances from a variety of creative ensembles.

Nearly a ton of smelt was consumed over the two days of the celebration. 



On June 15-17, Petrovsky Arsenal in St. Petersburgs Kurortny District will play host to the Big Business Fun Festival (BBFF), where the leading Russian and international speakers and business gurus will converge to share their priceless experience, drill down on business cases, and divulge the secrets of corporate cuisine.