For its 13th year, at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on 7/ 8 / 9/ 10th August 2014, from 7.00pm until midnight.
The way it works is simple – Entrance is free but if you want to drink wine, you just purchase a wristband and a souvenir glass for just €12.00 (which is then yours to keep) and try as many of the wines on offer as you like, as often as you like. The last glasses will be sold at 11.00pm, last wine poured at 11.30pm and the festival closes at midnight. No glasses will be sold or alcohol poured to anyone under the age of 17.
There will be a wide range of award winning D.O.K. Malta and Gozo quality wine brands available to taste such as Gran Cavalier, Grand vin de Hauteville, Pjazza Regina, Medina, Victoria Heights, the Maltese Falcon, Delicata’s Frizzantes, all produced from a number of locally grown grapes varieties such as Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Vermentino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and of course the two unique indigenous Maltese grapes Girgentina and Gellewza.
At the Valletta festival, Maltese dishes such as Suckling Pig, Maltese Fried Rabbit, Pasta, Pizza and more will be expertly prepared by Maypole, whereas seafood specialities, Calamari Fritti, Fresh Mussels and Swordfish Skewers will be prepared by Piccolo Padre. Zest will be serving sushi platters, dim sum platters and Thai noodle dishes, whilst a selection if Indian dishes, Chicken Tikka Masala, Beef Madras and Chicken Korma will be cooked by the Indian chefs of Shivas restaurant. P.J.Sutters, the speciality food importers will also have a stall selling a selection of platters using a variety of their cheeses and charcuterie. Downstairs at the Saluting Battery a fully seated Grand Harbour restaurant be operated by Island Caterers where diners can enjoy breathtaking views over the harbour and the ancient floodlit 3 cities beyond accompanied by themed Italian, Spanish & Maltese buffet nights. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting email@example.com or telephoning 2375 1930.
The live entertainment in Valletta will be performed by Big Band Brothers and Radio Active (Thurs), The Spiteri Lucas Band and Relikc (Fri), The Crowns and Fuse Box (Sat) and closing on Sunday night, the extraordinary George Curmi (Puse) and his band and Cash & band. The Upper Barrakka Gardens lift will be in operation each night until 1.00am at its normal cost and there will be car parking available opposite the entrance to the lift on the waterfront quay, at a flat rate of €3.00 per car.