A highlight of the Maltese spring/summer transition is the fact that our favourite local fruit is officially in season. Nothing beats ending a family picnic or day at the beach like scarfing down a bunch of fresh Maltese strawberries.
The mecca of strawberries here in Malta is the town of Mġarr, and the highlight of strawberry season in Mġarr is the iconic Festa Frawli.
Unfortunately, this year’s Festa Frawli had to be postponed by two weeks because of the crazy weather that hit Malta ahead of Easter weekend. But now, they’re ready to paint the town red with the 13th edition of Festa Frawli, this Sunday 28th April from 10am to 5pm.
Obviously, there will be strawberries a-plenty, but that’s not the only reason to head on down to Festa Frawli
Thousands of strawberries are picked, prepared and packed just for the day. Due to the high demand for strawberries on the day, local farmers continue to hand-pick fresh strawberries during the event itself so that a steady supply of fresh strawberries is available all day.
However, fresh strawberries are not the only thing on sale at the Festa Frawli. You’ll also be able to get your hands on a range of exquisite strawberry-inspired desserts such as jam, ice cream, cheesecakes, smores, pastries, cakes, lemonade, smoothies and milkshakes.
And if you’re feeling fancy, you can purchase strawberry wine, liquors, and cocktails at the Gin Bar. Vegan-friendly and gluten free products will also be available.
And there will be a whole bunch of other exciting and very Maltese things going on at the festival
Various eco-minded activities and interactive games will be organised by a dedicated team of animators for members of the whole family.
Festa Frawli will also be filled with loads of traditional Maltese entertainment throughout the day, with folk groups playing traditional Maltese instruments, such as iż-żaqq (Maltese bagpipes), it-tambur (Maltese tambourine) and il-flejguta (Maltese folk flute). DJ Pierre Cordina and loads of other Maltese performers will be present on the day.
The area surrounding the village is rich in natural landmarks
Such as the characteristic plateaus, cliff landscapes, beaches and typical Mediterranean garigue.
For the second year round, trail walks (starting at 9am, then every hour until noon) will be organised. Visitors can experience the rustic surroundings that embrace several scenic spots linking various sites of immense archaeological, historical and natural value such as Binġemma and the coastline extending from Għajn Tuffieħa Bay to the sheltered bay of Ġnejna.
On the occasion of Festa Frawli, Heritage Malta will be opening Ta’ Ħaġrat temples at the reduced price of €3. Guided tours in English and Maltese will be available at various points throughout the day. To ensure visitors enjoy a personalised tour of the site, a maximum of 25 persons will be accepted for each tour.