The exquisite island of Malta is home to a unique cuisine – setting the Mediterranean destination apart with an exceptional culinary identity and offering.
Malta is known for its diverse Mediterranean cuisine, which is a combination of recipes and flavours developed over many years. The relationship of the islanders towards the different peoples that have occupied the archipelago over the centuries is re ected in Maltese food.
Maltese cuisine is varied, fresh and healthy, with a plethora of juicy vegetables and delectable food varieties. The sun-drenched islands are blessed with freshly- caught seafood and sh, including gold mackerel, sword sh, mullet, perch and tuna. A popular specialty is “Aljotta”, a tasty fish soup suffused with garlic, tomatoes and rice, and seasoned with marjoram.
Newly-harvested vegetables can be found on Maltese menus, either as side dishes, in casseroles or in typical home-made dishes – including sun-ripened tomatoes, zucchini, beans, artichokes as well as cabbage, cauli ower and potatoes. Wild caper bushes grow on ancient walls, beside olive groves and a variety of aromatic herbs and fresh garlic. Olives, olive oil and bread are indispensable in Maltese cuisine. Sea salt is harvested in 160-year-old salt pans on the island of Gozo, a tradition that passes down generation to generation.
There is also a wide range of Maltese pastries that are available in the Pastizzerija (pastry shops). Popularly eaten as a snack in between meals, “Pastizzi” are hearty puff pastry rolls, lled with lightly-salted ricotta cheese or pea paste. After dinner “Helwa Tat- Tork” is often served as a dessert, a paste of amalgamated crushed sesame seeds, sugar and almonds.
“I-ikla t-tajba” – Maltese for “bon appetit” – will become an indispensable phrase for any visitor to this gastronomic paradise”
Hall 1.2 / Stand 220
MALTA MARITIME MUSEUM – BIRGU
The Malta Maritime Museum has embarked on a new journey of discovery: the history of food on the island. Through historical research and modern farming methods, visitors get an opportunity to taste Maltese culinary culture. There are a number of dishes and beverages on offer and many have a story to tell. Even the humblest of Coffee sorbet can shed light on the unique history of Malta’s kitchen. It is through such recipes that the Malta Maritime Museum bring Malta’s food culture back to life through the palate of a bygone era.
Malta Maritime Museum – Birgu
Telephone: +356 79706554
THE MEDITERRANEAN CULINARY ACADEMY – VALLETTA
The Mediterranean Culinary Academy offers hands-on cooking classes in the heart of Valletta. Emphasis is placed on using locally sourced produce and all workshops follow the same format. A brief introduction of the dish that will be prepared, a number of demonstrations by professional chef instructors and nally a chance for visitors to try recreating the dish. Each session ends with a bottle of wine while participants sit and enjoy the fruits of their labour. All workshops are derived from the wider Mediterranean region and explore how recipes have developed over time and relate with the Maltese islands. From fresh pasta dishes from Italy to traditional rabbit dishes, a wide range of recipes, techniques and Cuisines is covered.
The Mediterranean Culinary Academy
5, Sappers Street, Valletta
More information: http://www.mcamalta.com
OFFBEAT MALTA FOOD TRAILS
Offbeat Malta food trails are a one-of-a-kind food tasting tour accompanied by a licenced guide in Valletta. The destinations vary from time to time according to the time of year, size of group or whether it is a private tour outside normal hours. Hand-picked guides then accompany the groups (not more than 14 for the standard Saturday tour but can be more for private tours which we will tailor accordingly) on a walk around offbeat Valletta visiting a number of eateries where they taste traditional Maltese fare and also some contemporary options.
Offbeat Malta Food Trails
34, Bishops Palace Str Vittoriosa
Telephone: +356 21802383 or + 356 99451690
More information: http://www.offbeatmaltafoodtrails.com