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The humble (& delicious) Maltese ftira is getting recognised as a marker of local identity
It’s been a staple part of Maltese food patterns for centuries

Jillian Mallia

The local ftira is the most Maltese thing in our society and a downright delicious delicacy if you ask me. And let’s face it, it can cure anything. A break-up? Eat a ftira. A hangover? Eat a ftira. So hungry that you might pass out? You guessed it, eat a ftira.

ftira

It is undoubtedly the most popular bread locally, and can be filled with virtually anything that tickles your fancy. And well, for those of us who grew up with it, the mouth-watering ftira may be considered ordinary, but the artisanal bread actually remains among the few breads which necessitate manual preparation, and hours of it.

And now, it's getting the recognition it deserves! Heritage Malta will be honouring the delicious local dish on Thursday 24th February: a discussion by food historian Dr Noel Buttigieg will delve into the historical, artisanal and culinary qualities of the Maltese ftira.

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For centuries, it has been a staple and integral part of Malta’s food patterns. And it’s been so pivotal in Maltese society that it is being proposed for inclusion in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Way to go ftira!

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The discussion with Dr Noel Buttigieg will be held at the Inquisitor’s Palace and National Museum of Ethnography in Birgu at 7pm. Reserve your place now by calling on 2182 7006 or visiting Heritage Malta’s website

15th January 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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