Festa San Martin­2017

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Tradition

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

Activities

The old custom of betting for live annimals 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.

Traditional Food

No traditional Maltese feast is complete without traditional Maltese food and wine. At the Feast of St. Martin in Baħrija expect to find a great selection of Maltese food prepared in the traditional way.

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  • Maltese Platter at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
  • Maltese Gbejniet - goat's cheese at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
  • Maltese Olive Oil on plate at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
  • Maltese Olive Oil flask at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
  • Torta San Martin at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
  • Cakes at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
  • Maltese Wine at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
  • Sweets at Feast of St. Martin in Bahrija
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Schedule

Saturday 11th November: Feast of St. Martin

  • 6:00pm: Celebration of Holy Mass in honour of the Patron Saint.

    7:15pm: Procession of the statue of St. Martin of Tours through the streets of Baħrija.

Sunday 12th November: Fair of St. Martin

  • 9:00am, 10:15am, 11:15am, 4:15pm: Holy Mass in honour of the Patron Saint.

    9:00am till 5:00pm: Traditional Fair will be held on the Church grounds surrounding the church.

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Main Attractions
  • St. Martin - Live: @11:30am the young St. Martin of Tours, dressed in full Roman General costume, shall walk with the people through the church grounds. @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 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 Poultry Competition and show.

  • The live roasting of chestnut on the Traditional Firewood Stove.

  • Varios stalls of Maltese Artisans selling local produce: olive oil, 'ġbejniet', honey, jam, and more.

  • Traditional Maltese Food and Wine including Roast Pig.

  • Animal Farm with a pony, rabbits, chickens, sheep and goats. Pony rides will be offered to the children.

  • Kid's Area with a bouncing castle, trampoline and merry go round.

  • Live Music and local talent on stage.

  • Coffee/Bar 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.

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