The Qormi Wine festival really does have something for everyone, so you don’t need to be a wine buff to attend and have a great time. This year’s festival is the ninth and it brings the delicious wines of Malta into the street, along with parties, music, bread-making and a chance to see the work of celebrated artists and photographers. The festival is held this year on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August from eight in the evening until midnight – don’t leave it too late; last servings of food and drink are at 11.30.
Qormi’s quaint streets will be mobbed with people all enjoying the party atmosphere which celebrates the very best of all things Maltese. The festival itself is free but there is a small charge for a special custom-made glass which will enable you to have free samples all night. This is only available for the over seventeens, but there is ample non-alcoholic drink available for the under-seventeens and anyone who prefers to avoid alcohol. Parking is free and is the wine festival is easy to find because the organisers always make sure that there is good signposting from nearby Zebburg, Santa Venera, Hamm and Birkirkara.
How can I get there?
Malta is easy to reach from any main UK airport and you will fly into Valletta. Qormi is southwest of the capital but is easy to reach by public transport. Malta is only 17 miles long and 9 miles wide (considerably smaller than the Isle of Wight, just to give an idea) so nothing is very far from anything else. A holiday on Malta is very relaxing because there is never any feeling of rush or hurry. There are various tour bus options and in Valletta there are horse drawn cabs that can help you up the very steep climb into the centre of the town.
I want to take a look around – what is there to see?
Malta is a fascinating place with many unique features. Its language is the first unique thing, being closer to Arabic languages than European ones, sharing many words that are not found elsewhere. Everyone speaks English on Malta, and signs are all in English, so it is very easy to get around but it retains a very foreign feel – there is no question that you are abroad when you visit Malta. Secondly, it has the George Cross – no other region or country has one and Malta won hers during the Second World War for bravery. For the historian, Malta is a treasure trove. Mainly because of its strategic position it has been in the hands of the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Vandals, the Arabs and the Normans and all have left their mark. The cathedral’s floor is made up of the tombs of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem and is unique and very beautiful. Souvenirs are easy – Maltese crosses are everywhere from artisan made ashtrays to the most beautiful jewellery.