August is all about wine in Malta as most of the grapes are picked now. The Gozo Delicata Wine Festival is a great way to celebrate the harvest and experience some of the best wines on the Island. It’s also a good chance to enjoy some local food while listening to some home-grown musical talent. The festival runs from 31st Aug to 2nd Sep in Nadur, Gozo. Here’s what you can expect.
Where is it?
The festival is located at the ‘Gnien il-Kunsill’ in Nadur – click here for a map – which has spectacular, panoramic views over the Gozitan countryside.
What will I be drinking?
Get ready to take some tasting notes because there will be over 20 wines to sample, ranging from the semi-sparkling ‘Frizzantes’ made with ancient bush vines Girgentina and Gellewza, to the internationally recognised Grand Vin de Hauteville range. To participate, you purchase a ‘wine purse’ for €15, filled with tokens that you can exchange for wines; you’ll get a souvenir glass to keep too.
What’s on the menu?
There will be some tasty local food on offer too, including traditional Gozitan ftajjar. This delectable option is made with traditional Maltese bread dough topped, like a pizza, with items such as tuna, anchovy, cheese, peas, and Maltese sausage – potatoes are often part of the equation too. Other food choices include fried rabbit, hog roast and BBQ grills. To go with your Moscato wine tasting, there will be some sweet dishes for dessert.
The entertainment will be loud and upbeat this year, with a great local line-up as follows;
Friday - Ronald Briffa, Elaine Haber, Jolene Samhan and Band, Gozo Boy Band, Upper Lip
Saturday - Pierre Cordina, Rebecca Bonello, Planet Seed, Cash and Band
Sunday - Ronald Briffa & Pierre Zammit, MAE Band, Straight Ahead, Kersten Graham and Band.
How do I get there?
Once you arrive by ferry, there is a shuttle bus to the festival which costs €2 for a return trip. It runs every day of the event from 6.45 pm - 00.15am (to connect with the 00.45am ferry back to Malta).
By Helen Raine
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