Haring party is an annual festive event in the Netherlands to usher in the new haring season. Allegedly, the haring party is the oldest (1961) Dutch networking event.
By Roy Lie Atjam
This year Leonardo Royal Hotel Promenade The Hague held its haring party on 21 June 2022 and invited its clients, diplomats and associates to sample the soft salty creamy taste of the new herring as well as scores of other delicacies.
Mr. Patrick Aarsman, General Manager Leonardo Royal Promenade Hotel The Hague, declared the Haring party 2022 open.
A haring party tradition is allocating a small wooden barrel draped in the Dutch tricolour, containing herring to a special person. For 2022 Leonardo has selected Mr. Leo Dommanschet, proprietor of Leo’s Koffiehuis in the Laak district, Den Haag.
21 June 2022 was not only the annual haring party but also the opening of the refurbished Leonardo Royal Hotel The Hague. The reopening of the Hotel – Leo’s Restaurant-Bar-Lounge could not take place in 2021.
A mixed crowd enjoyed the haring, music and food. The iconic Peruvian hors d’oeuvre “ceviche” served as toast, herby honouring Peru as the first participating country in the international Flavours Festival hosted in 2017 by Leonardo Royal Hotels in The Hague together with the Embassy of Peru.
A good number of Ambassadors and diplomats accepted the invitation. Such as South Africa, Cameroon, Tanzania, Belarus, Ukraine, Nigeria, Armenia, Russia and many others.
Haring party 2022 has been a great occasion.