Delicata Classic Wine Festival returns to Gozo next month
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Next month, the Delicata Classic Wine Festival returns to Gozo, a celebration of wines, food and live entertainment, aimed at all the family to enjoy, and this year with some added attractions.
The scenic Gnien il-Kunsill garden, in Nadur, is the venue for this very popular festival, now in its 15th year, organised by Delicata in conjunction with the Nadur Local Council, on the 18th, 19th and 20th of August.
Delicata said that in all there will be over 20 wines to sample. Vintages of nine Delicata award-winning brands are served from as many stalls spread along the garden’s periphery.
New for this year, are wine coins, which Delicata said will be the common currency at this summer’s Festival, exchangeable for glasses of wines.
The company said that to try the wines, all festival revellers have to do is purchase 24 wine coins in a complimentary purse and a souvenir glass (yours to keep), all for €15.
“Handing over the correct change of wine coins at the stalls inside will prompt the wine stewards to pour a standard 150 ml glass of the wine on show in the clearly marked festival glass. We generously serve all wines by the glass: no tasters, no bottles,” Delicata said.
It added that, “different wines hold different currency: the charge ranges from 6 wine coins for a glass of the flagship selection to 3 coins for a pouring of other quality wines. The marked coins are valid for one night only; they may be kept as a memento.”
Live cooking stalls will be serving a variety of both traditional Maltese and international dishes.. There will be a selection of pizza, traditional Gozitan ftajjar, fried rabbit, suckling pig, Chinese dishes, grills and various baguettes and desserts.
Delicata added that also new for this year, is the fully-seated al fresco restaurant ‘Il-Kcina,’ operated by Catermax and Abraham’s serving a 4-course menu with a Maltese flavour and a selection of Delicata wines. Early booking is highly recommended so as to avoid disappointment. Call 2143 5201 or email email@example.com
Entertainment is provided each night. On Friday the stage features Ronald Briffa, Pierre Zammit, Elaine Haber, Gozo Boy Band and Straight Ahead. The on Saturday there are performances by Ronald Briffa, Sarah Bonnici, Joseph Refalo, D Capitals, Rebecca Bonello and Upper Lip. The festival closes on Sunday with Pierre Cordina, Kelly and the Band, MAE Band, Jolene Samhan, Cash and Band.
Delicata said that whilst entrance to the Festival is free, strictly no wine will be served to anyone under 17 and patrons are reminded to enjoy responsibly.
Wine glasses are sold until 11.00pm, wine is poured up to 11.30pm and the festival closes at midnight. Mineral water and soft drinks are also available for purchase.
There will be shuttle mini-bus service between the Mgarr ferry terminal and Gnien il-Kunsill, which costs €2 for a return trip.
The shuttle starts operating upon arrival of the ferry leaving Cirkewwa at 6.45pm and ceases operations at 00.15am from Nadur to catch the ferry leaving Gozo at 00.45am.
Photographs by Alain Salvary