Initiated by the local community, the Lake Võrtsjärve Fish and Crafts Fair brings together enthusiasts from all over Estonia
On 7 June 2014 from 10 am to
5 pm, the 4th Lake Võrtsjärve Fish and Crafts Fair will be held on the premises
of the Võrtsjärve Lake Visitor Centre in the Jõesuu recreation area located 40
km outside Tartu on the road from Tartu to Viljandi. The Fair is organised by
the Lake Võrtsjärve Foundation and Võrtsjärve Fisheries Development Agency.
With the first event having
taken place in 2009 at the initiative of local fishermen, this year’s Lake
Võrtsjärve Fish and Crafts Fair is already sixth in line.
Through the years, various
workshops have been held on the fairground in cooperation with different
organisations and local entrepreneurs and an effort has been made to present
the region of Lake Võrtsjärve as a shoreline district with long-standing
fishing traditions as well as a residential and recreation area. The subject of
safety has taken a central place, with volunteers and lake lifeguards introducing
visitors to safety equipment and giving advice and help for safe navigation on
Lake Võrtsjärve. With top experts in the field present, the fish dish kitchen
workshop has provided visitors with tips for cooking a great fish soup or
putting together a lake-themed picnic basket.
Many of the Fairs have been
attended by our international partners, in cooperation with whom we have
carried out various projects and activities.
In 2014, visitors will be
offered workshops, conducted by non-profit association Loovustuba, on making
musical instruments, pens and paper out of reed, boats and dolls out of water
plants, rope twisting and braiding of bracelets.
A drawing workshop will be
taught by comics artist Heiki Waher from Kolga-Jaani municipality.
There will be coffee shops open and many different
fish dishes available for tasting. Visitors can try their luck in a raffle.
For entertainment, there
will be appearances by local amateur performers, youth band Legend from the
nearby town of Elva and the Estonian retro pop outfit Regatt as the main act.
It goes without saying that
visitors will be able to purchase items by local master craftsmen and sample
fish from Lake Võrtsjärve prepared in a wide variety of ways.
Once you have done your
deals at the fair, you may join the crew of Paula, a traditional saleboat (kalepurjekas), or one of the other
vessels, for a memorable spin on Lake Võrtsjärve to end the day before leaving
the fairground. Tickets are available at the harbour from the vessel of your
The day’s activities will be
kept on course by Meelis Külaots.
While in previous years
spring floods have been a cause for concern in Jõesuu, threatening to keep the
fairground from drying out in time, this year the retreating high water has
given no trouble to the organisers, as the spring has been exceptionally dry.
The fairground has been mown and is ready for receiving visitors.
For further information about the events on the day of
the Fair, go to http://www.vortsjarv.ee/en or www.vortskalandus.ee/252/.
The Lake Võrtsjärve Fish and Crafts Fair is supported
by the European Fisheries Fund and the LEADER Programme.
This press release was created by:
Jaanika Kaljuvee, Executive Director, Võrtsjärve Fisheries Development
Phone: +372 52 98 561
For further information and
trader registration, please contact:
Kärt Leppik, Director, Lake Võrtsjärve Foundation
Phone: +372 56 952 950