|Heading towards the 9th edition of the Qormi Wine Festival|
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|Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:30|
Heading towards the
9th edition of the
Qormi Wine Festival
Qormi’s renowned annual wine festival is back for the ninth consecutive year, bringing to the fore a wide selection of red, white and rose’ wines all produced by local producers Marsovin. Qormi has been long linked to wine and the traditional wine bars, most of which unfortunately have now made way to modern establishments. Yet, Città Pinto, besides its popular bread-making culture used to be sought also for its then-popular wine-making and the serving of house-wine in humble bars.
The Qormi Wine Festival seeks to recreate tradition in a bubbly merry contemporary feeling that undoubtedly wine brings with it. As has become customary, this year’s Qormi Wine Festival will again transform the quaint picturesque town centre into a festive celebration during the Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August, from 8pm to midnight, with last wine-servings at 11.30pm.
Main Street in Qormi will be set up with several wine and traditional food stands, in a typical festa atmosphere under the watchful eye of the dominating St George’s Parish Church that serves as a natural backdrop. There will also be a painting exhibition in one of the alleys by Daniel Scerri and a photograph exhibition by the photographer Chris Azzopardi.
The wine festival is now fast establishing itself as an annual activity, turning more popular year after year. Last year’s edition in fact mobilised hundreds of patrons who thronged to the winding character-full streets in the town’s core, with many tourists visiting Qormi specifically for this event commenting favourably on the unique celebratory atmosphere that fills the streets while one savours the very essence of Maltese traditions.
For besides, local food and local wine, the festival is rendered more authentic with the participation of local artists, bands, groups, and Folk groups that will be performing on separate stages along the festival area. These include; Mro. Mark Spiteri Lucas & band with the participation of renowned singers such as Chiara, J.Anvil, Tiziana and Neville Refalo, Rebecca Bonnici singing unplugged and in the chill out area the group singing Maltese popluar songs ‘Maltin Biss’ on Friday.
On Saturday, Rebecca Bonnici will re-open the festival singing again some songs unplugged followed by the popular group Fakawi and DJ Ruby will chill out the crowd in the chill out area. A folkloristic group ‘Tal-Fuklar Folk Group’ will dance the night away with tradition Maltese dances next to the Parish Church.
Apart from all this, open for the public will be a World War II Shelter, which one can visit but also take part in the re-enactments taking place there. Those visiting this shelter will experience and go back several years in the times when World War II occurred in Malta thanks to the actors from the theatrical group ‘Ghaqda Qawmien’.
Another great experience will take place in a warehouse, close to the Parish Church in Triq tal-Blat, where a wine exhibition will be inaugurated just one week before the beginning of the festival. All those visiting this experience will envisage and watch re-enactments taking place by the professional actors from the theatrical group ‘Kumpanija Teatreali Anici’ who will be presenting sketches from the adventures of Wenzu, a famous Maltese character with his funny journeys in the wine bar of Kurun.
Those visiting the Qormi Wine Festival may be able to purchase a custom-made wine glass at the price of €12, with the Qormi Wine Festival logo, to be specifically launched in this edition. The wine glass, which will be theirs to keep, will entitle the bearer to savour unlimited wine from those on offer during the night.
Traditional Maltese food to compliment all this will be served and can be bought for €7f rom all those visiting the festival, including as dessert, the local imqaret.
Entrance to the wine festival is free of charge. While wine will be served only to those over 17 years of age, though, youngsters may join in the celebratory feel through non-alcoholic beverages to be sold from a separate stall. Parking will be freely reserved in the vicinity while directional signs will lead traffic to Qormi from Zebbug, Santa Venera, Hamrun and Birkirkara areas.
The Qormi Wine Festival is once again organised by the Kumitat Festi Esterni San Gorg Martri, Qormi (AD 1919) with the aid of the Sezzjoni Zghazagh San Gorg and in collaboration with the Qormi Local Council.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:47|
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