Traditional Maltese food festival
The Maltese love to celebrate food and with plenty of food festivals throughout the year, visitors will be spoiled for choice.
Food is omnipresent in Maltese society. For some it’s sustenance, but for most it’s a way of coming together as a community and celebrating the things which unite them. Of course it’s also a chance to indulge in fried tasty treats. So what are the best events to get your grub on?
L-Imnarja or the feast of St Peter and St Paul, is one of Malta’s most beloved celebrations. Visit Buskett – one of the island’s most beautiful wooded areas - and take in the various food stalls offering everything local, especially rabbit. The feast also includes various farmers and small producers offering their wares.
Ħamrun Chocolate Festival: The title says it all - go to Ħamrun, eat chocolate! A relatively new event, the Hamrun Chocolate Festival has already made a big splash locally. For the voyeurs, feast your eyes on professional chocolate sculptures by Malta’s leading chefs; for the competitive – take part in a chocolate cake competition; and for the rest of you – just indulge in a mind-bogglingly large array of mouth-watering treats.
Birgufest: Birgufest’s raison d'être is not food, but food is big part of this beautiful celebration. For two nights, this incredible medieval city switches off almost all electrical light and replaces it with the romance of candles. The atmosphere is warm and lively – museums and other public places are open till late, live music in the square¸ and most important of all – an abundance of food. Not just any food, mind you – this is pure, traditional Maltese fare, including whole roast pig, tripe stew, timpana (macaroni with meat sauce in a pastry case), and much more.
Qormi Bread Festival: This is another recent addition to the culinary calendar. Every year, people from Qormi come out in force to celebrate that most Maltese of staples – bread – and nobody bakes bread like the people of Qormi. Watch the bakers as they demonstrate the preparation and cooking of loaves in traditional wood burning ovens; and of course, sample the crusty warm bread on offer.
Farsons Great Beer Festival: This yearly event organised by Malta’s largest brewer Simonds Farsons Cisk plc is a treat for beer and food-lovers alike. You’ll find a variety of traditional food stalls as well as international/ethnic fast foods, and with dozens of beer stalls around the festival, there’s plenty to wash it all down with.
Festa Frawli: The Mgarr strawberry festival sees this tiny farming village in the north of the island swarmed upon by thousands of hungry festival-goers. The main attractions include record-breaking attempts for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, a multitude of food-stands selling strawberry-based confections, and of course, plenty of strawberries.