Fair of Saint Martin 2016

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

As per tra­di­tion, on the se­cond week­end of Novem­ber the peo­ple of Baħrija cel­e­brate the feast of St Martin of Tours with a big fair that at­tracts peo­ple from all over the is­land.

Il-Fiera ta’ San Martin – as it is known in Mal­tese – is a tra­di­tional fair dat­ing back at least a hun­dred years, in which Mal­tese used to visit the small vil­lage of Baħrija to play games and win a lamb or a rab­bit.

This year, Il-Fiera ta’ San Martin is be­ing held on Sun­day 13 Novem­ber on the Baħrija Church grounds sur­round­ing the church from 9am till 5pm.

The old cus­tom of bet­ting for live an­i­mals is no longer con­sid­ered le­gal or eth­i­cal so the tra­di­tional fair that was once syn­ony­mous with the live an­i­mal fair has now evolved into a feast of agri­cul­ture, tra­di­tion and en­ter­tain­ment for all the fam­ily.

This year the or­gan­is­ers of the feast of St Martin have moved the Tra­di­tional Fair to the church grounds. This means that the fair can be bet­ter or­gan­ised and bet­ter man­aged for the en­joy­ment of all visi­tors; Mal­tese and tourists.

This year the feast of St. Martin will be a cel­e­bra­tion of good food. There will be dishes and treats that can be en­joyed on site to­gether with a glass of lo­cal wine and also take home food that can be en­joyed in the weeks and months ahead.

The main at­trac­tions are St Martin Live at 11.30am with the young St Martin of Tours, dressed in full Ro­man Gen­eral cos­tume, who shall walk with the peo­ple through the church grounds.

At 3.30pm the older St Martin of Tours dressed as a bishop of Tours, will walk again through the crowd. There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for pho­to­graphs and a sur­prise or two.

A Na­tional Record for the great­est ‘borża ta’ San Martin’ ex­pected to be weigh­ing more than 500kgs; an­other Na­tional Record at­tempt for the high­est fly­ing kite. A pro­fes­sional judge shall mea­sure the com­pet­ing kites and award the record if achieved.

A Great Fair with loads of prices to be won, in­clud­ing house­hold goods, al­co­hol, ham­pers, and vouch­ers for lamb, rab­bit, turkey and meat;

A Rab­bit Show hosted by the Malta Rab­bit Club.

A Fancy Com­pe­ti­tion and show.

The live roast­ing of chest­nut on Poul­try the tra­di­tional fire­wood stove.

Var­i­ous stalls of Mal­tese ar­ti­sans sell­ing lo­cal pro­duce: olive oil, ‘ġbe­jniet’, honey, jam, and more; tra­di­tional Mal­tese food and wine in­clud­ing roast pig.

An an­i­mal farm with a pony, rab­bits, chick­ens, sheep and goats.

Pony rides will be of­fered to the chil­dren; kids area with a bounc­ing cas­tle, tram­po­line and merry go round and live mu­sic and lo­cal tal­ent on stage.

Also a cof­fee area where one can taste the Mal­tese cof­fee and tea, the unique ‘Torta ta’ San Martin’, ‘Kejk ta’ San Martin’, Qagħaq tal-għasel and se­lec­tion of other home­made sweets; Stalls sell­ing plants; Sale of St Martin’s tra­di­tional bag – Borża ta’ San Martin; and a dis­play of re­li­gious icons in the old Chapel.

A Park and Ride scheme shall be pro­vided with com­ple­ments on the day of the Fair for those who would like to park their cars out­side Baħrija. Driv­ers will be able to park their cars along the street to Baħrija, from the area known as tal-Fid­dien. Park­ing shall be al­lowed on the left side of the road go­ing into Baħrija. Trans­port ve­hi­cles shall pick up pa­trons all along the road. The Park and Ride shall be pro­vided free of charge.

More in­for­ma­tion on http://www.festa-san-mar­t­in­bahrija.com/

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