Greetings from the beautiful island of Malta!
Today we will be talking about a particular festival and probably, something which most of you are interested in!
The chocolate festival, as the title says, is a festival where the main theme of this occasion is indeed chocolate!
Everyone loves chocolate, and I personally know very few people who dislike chocolate, so what if a chocolate festival was held? How would it look like? In Malta, in a town called Hamrun, this is made possible every year, where a chocolate festival is held, showcasing chocolate, art and more !
Malta chocolate festival – the crowd at Stradarjali street Hamrun
The venue : This traditional festival has been hosted in the town of Hamrun for the past years. The image above is what one would have found himself/herself into if you attended. It is your traditional/local summer event, where streets are closed for the cars, only open for the public. The streets where the festival is held is jam packed with people walking in opposite directions, trying to visit the various stalls which you will see shortly. Stalls can be found on either side of the street/s; some selling food, drinks or goods, others offer some type of service, being a game for children or adults alike; entertainment for children; art; various promotions and much more!
At a certain time, there was also a parade in the middle of the street, where soldiers were performing some simple drills, as well as a live local band was performing in front of the church.
Malta Chocolate Festival 2014 – chocolate displays
What you see above is one of the many displays which were shown last weekend. In the picture you can find various artistic creations made entirely out of chocolate. These strange, almost futuristic creations were not for sale, but just for display. There were also other stands where artists were painting actual paintings using a combination of white and darker chocolate. People simply stood amazed and took lots of photographs of such original art.
Malta Chocolate Festival 2014- talented man sculpting an eagle from a block of chocolate
Next was something very cool to see! This talented man was sculpting an eagle out of a block of chocolate! He was sculpting the eagle in front of all the people while they were attentively observing him and taking photos and videos at the same time. I personally find his skills : patience is really astonishing ; firstly because it requires a lot of skill to actually sculpt something detailed such as this, and secondly, it requires a lot of patience not to give into temptation and actually eat a piece of the work! (something I would have most probably done!)
Malta Chocolate Festival 2014 – small scaled village close up
Apart from all of this, I eventually ended up where the big crowd was…a miniature village, made entirely out of chocolate! This was definitely the highlight of the whole night, as the detail was something exceptional! I am sure that the creator of this spent a lot of time not only crafting this excellent piece of art, but also planning, sketching and doing the whole thing from start to finish! I really appreciate art, especially when it’s modern or original art ; I never cease to be amazed by what the human mind can be capable of! Hats off to the individual who came up with and actually executing such an idea
Malta Chocolate Festival 2014 – small scaled village
Overall, this year, the official Malta Chocolate Festival was an interesting initiative, the weather was great, there was a good atmosphere in this usually not so busy town and definitely a good opportunity for young people to show their talents. Should you be around in Malta at the end of October, make sure to give this event a try!
Malta Chocolate Festival 2014 – chocolate goods!
And now, if you don’t mind, I will go and enjoy some chocolate products I bought, after all, it wouldn’t have been a chocolate festival if one doesn’t experience it to the full !