For the last 10 years the Maltese Culture Movement has been organising a Malta Day here in London sometime in September. I haven’t made it there so far as last year I was away. But this year, not having anything else to do, I made the trek down to Westminster Cathedral Hall.
I arrive there and I must admit…it was very…Maltese! What does that mean? It was noisy, it was chatty, people like to crowd stuff…and even more so, it was very much about food! There was a band playing Maltese songs, a choir, and a guy dressed up as a knight.
Most of the people there definitely came there to get their hands on Maltese food stuffs, with people coming there with luggages to fill, and picnic coolers. Unfortunately I didn’t plan that much, and only had a backpack. So I only bought a dozen frozen pastizzi – looking forward to eating them! There was so much more though – ravjul, Kinnie, twistees, confectionery, bigilla, olives, kanolli etc – nomnom!
There was also stuff to buy and eat there. I opted for a Kinnie and a qassata. Unfortunately the qassata did not live up to my expectations – it was dry, and tasted strange. No idea how I can explain the strangness, but it taste a bit to me like it had almond powder, which we use for figolli in it. I didn’t even finish it – which is very strange for me!
Other than that, being surrounded by a whole bunch of Maltese people definitely put a smile on my face…as long as I could get away from them pretty soon when it got too much!
Would I go again? Definitely! And next time I will take a luggage and people to help me carry – MMMM!