Preparations are underway for the Mnarja – annual traditional event where farmers and the general public eagerly participate. Various exhibitions and competitions related to agricultural products, observations of farmers’ activities, and an opportunity to learn about locally grown produce will attract crowds from Thursday to Friday, which is a public holiday.

Every year, the National Feast has attracted continuous support from both participants and the public. In this colourful exhibition, various participants present their locally grown produce. Competitions are held in different categories: vegetables, fruit, cereals, as well as loom and cotton, which are normally used in the textile industry. Other categories included in these competitions relate to various animals such as sheep, goats, cows, horses, dogs, fancy poultry and rabbits which one would find in local farms. Everyone is welcome to compete in this exhibition. They simply need to book at relevant offices, which can be found at Għammieri, Triq Ħal-Luqa, Luqa.

The programme will kick-off on Thursday 28th June at 18:30, with a parade of horse driven carriages accompanied by the Dingli scouts and mounted police horses. Her Excellency the President of Malta Marie Louise Colerio Preca will join us during this parade.

Various stalls with traditional delicacies and beverages will be set up from Thursday the 28th from 17.00 till 24.00 throughout Friday 29th June, from 7:00am till 13.00. At Buskett Woodland, the audience will also enjoy performances by folk groups, bands, traditional music (għannejja) and other entertainers, performing on the main stage and other identified areas within the Woodlands. Apart from these performances at the picnic area there will also be a medieval representation with archery drinks, epochal attractions.

For the first time ever, the Verdala Palace will open to the general public. Also as a first, the winery in Buskett will be open for viewing on the both days. A number of technical officers will be explaining the process used within these premises and those present will have the opportunity to taste and/or buy wine products from this process. An other addition to this year’s programme is the showcase of local birds and fish that will be set up by enthusiasts for the enjoyment of those visiting the event in one of the historic farm houses of Buskett (Razzett tal-Għorof).

On Friday at noon, HE The President of Malta, accompanied by the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, will hand out trophies to all the winning exhibitors.

On both days of the event a shuttle service from Triq l-Infetti to the Winery will be running on every half an hour. More information is on the event’s Facebook page.