Maltese food culture is a mixture of different influences
Maltese food culture has been influenced over the centuries by its location in the Mediterranean, its history and the island’s rulers and settlers. Maltese food culture is a colorful mix of Arabic, Italian and British food culture, seasoned with local ingredients and dishes. The food culture has also been influenced by the traditional Mediterranean food culture.
Raw materials such as olive oils, pasta, tomatoes, herbs, fresh fruits, seafood and wines are widely used. The unifying features are found in the communality and social significance of the food. In Malta, dine together, slowly and enjoyably.
Taste local delicacies
Malta has plenty of local ingredients and dishes to try when visiting the island. Although the island is small, a variety of raw materials are cultivated and grown there. For example, peaches, olives, lemons, strawberries, and rabbit and snails are worth trying, local food products. The island also produces honey, liqueurs and local wines that can be bought as gifts.
Traditional food in Malta is rustic and colorful. Local delicacies include rabbit stewed or dressed with spaghetti. In Malta, you should also try other local specialties. Ftira is a crispy bread stuffed with tomatoes, onions, capers and tuna. Cakes is a salty puff pastry stuffed with ricota or peas. Cheeses is a local goat’s or sheep’s milk cheese. Mqaret is a date – filled, deep – fried crispy delicacy.
Desserts taste like honey, marzipan, nuts, ricotta and fruit. For local drinks, try the Cisk Camp or the bitter soft drink Kinnie flavored with oranges and herbs.
Events and activities related to food
There is something for everyone on the island’s menu, with Michelin restaurants, vegan food, sushi, craft burgers, gelato, artisan cakes and local specialties to choose from. Malta has food and beverage events throughout the year. Traditional village festivals, festivals, huge streets in summer. The most popular are strawberry and chocolate festivals, beer festivals, and international and local food markets.
Food lovers should explore the historic cities of Valletta, Mdina and Marsaxlokki and their restaurants. The best place to experience authentic Maltese life, food culture and aromas is the Marsaxlokk fish market on Sundays.
In Malta you can visit vineyards, take part in wine tastings and enjoy afternoon tea in the island’s luxury hotels and historic palaces, such as Palazzo Parisio. The island also offers great places for a picnic. Pack cheeses, fresh fruit, crispy bread or stuffed ftira and a bottle of local wine. Choose a spot from the rocky beaches or the Dingli Cliffs lookout point and enjoy the flavors and scenery of the Mediterranean.
For activity lovers, Malta has cooking classes on the island’s farms and gastronomic schools. The courses prepare local dishes. The farms offer food tours and excursions to, for example, lemon and olive groves.
Read more about food tourism in Malta
More tips and information on destinations and events can be found in the Malta Food Tourism Guide, which has been implemented as a thesis at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. The guide provides information on Maltese food culture, food tourism-related places to visit, events and activities. The guide is readable here.
Text: Anni Mehtovuori
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