Klaipėda Sea Festival
I grew up by the sea and wherever I am in the world I am always drawn back to the coast. So when our neighbours asked if we wanted to go with them to the Klaipėda Sea Festival we jumped at chance.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Klaipėda Sea Festival is one of Lithuania’s biggest summer festivals, attracting over half a million people over four days. The weather was perfect – sunny, but not too hot. Stalls selling a plethora of wares from soaps to chopping boards lined the footpaths along the canal. We spent a few hours happily strolling and browsing, taking in the atmosphere. I even got to try my hand at pistol shooting!
Eventually, hunger kicked in and we went in search of the food stalls. There were dozens to choose from, all selling typical Lithuania dishes –šašlykai (pork kebabs), fried peas, ham hock with sauerkraut and freshly smoked herring. I probably enjoyed the anticipation more than the food itself, but it was tasty nonetheless.
The highlight of this year’s festival was a spectacular fountain display. Getting to Jonas Hill, where the display was to take place, was a struggle as we battled a sea of people exiting from an earlier showing. It was worth it, though – it was truly a spectacular display. At one point the water formed a dense mist and was used like a cinema screen for projected images. It was quite surreal to see people dancing through the mists.
For me, the best part of the trip was the people we were with. Our neighbours are good company and their two little girls are an absolute delight – it was a joy to watch them enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival. We finished the weekend with a few hours on the beach, frolicking in the water and lapping up some sunshine. Then we piled into the car for the long drive home, exhausted but happy after a lovely weekend.