St.Julian’s Feast In Malta – August 2018
If you’re in Malta at the end of August, you must stick around and check out the annual village feast of St. Julian’s. It falls on the last weekend of August and there really is no escaping it; it’s the biggest feast on the island. The roads close, the streets become colorfully decorated, the lamp posts are ornamented with vibrant lights and the stalls are filled with treats that should not be missed.
Food, Food & More Food
You will be spoilt for choice at the feast as the streets are covered in food stalls offering everything from donuts and candy floss to ice-creams and imqaret (a delicious pastry filled with dates). Honey rings and traditional homemade nougats are also extremely popular among the locals. Have a taste of everything, you won’t regret it!
St. Julian’s feast isn’t just about the tasty foods, it’s about the whole community coming together to have fun and get involved. The game of Gostra is the much-anticipated highlight of the weekend and takes place late afternoon on Sunday. Men from all over Malta compete with each other to climb up a slanted pole slathered in grease and snatch a flag at the end. Whoever manages to remove the flag from its place is crowned the hero of the day. The pole is stretched out over the water and most competitors take a run up to it, to give themselves a better chance of reaching the end, with some hilarious results when it all goes wrong. Dating back to the middle ages, this is a traditional game that everyone enjoys, whether you’re taking part or simply watching.
On the last night of St. Julian’s village feast, a spectacular firework display is held, along with a local band performing music around the streets. For the best views, it’s a good idea to head to Spinola Bay or the Independence Gardens to watch the entertaining explosion of color, firecrackers and loud petards. Not only that, you’ll also get to experience the amazing spectacle that is ‘cikcifogu,’ a traditional floor level display of fire-workmanship.
St. Julian’s Village Feast is the perfect event for spending time with your family and friends, having a laugh, eating scrumptious food and enjoying the stalls, music and activities.
Unwind At Sharma Restaurant
As a takeaway and delivery-only restaurant, Sharma is conveniently located within walking distance of the main event activities. Whether you’re looking to fuel up for the festivities with a delicious lunch or to unwind with an evening meal after a long day of excitement, our menu of Indian and Arabian cuisine, as well as authentic Maltese dishes, is sure to satisfy your cravings. Although we don’t offer dining-in, our food is available to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, or at a nearby picnic spot. We take pride in our carefully crafted dishes, made with the freshest ingredients and served with love.
We are open from 12pm – 12am and have a multi-cultural menu available to suit your appetite – from sharing platters to 3 course meals. And if you feel like heading back to your hotel or home after the annual feast, we offer take-away and home delivery options too, so you could always enjoy one of our delicious meals in the comfort of your own environment!