Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean located southeast of Sicily, with its own unique cultural heritage and cuisine. One of its most famous dishes is called fenkata, or rabbit stew, which is often served at gatherings with family and friends. This dish emerged as an act of resistance in response to the rabbit hunting restrictions in place while Malta was under control of the Knights of St. John during the 1500s. Today, you can find this dish throughout the island. Here is a list of our favorite places to try fenkata.
Held each summer in Buskett Gardens, the L-Imnarja Harvest Festival is a traditional Maltese feast where you can experience the best of Maltese culture, cuisine, music and folklore. It is one of the oldest festivals in the country, and it’s still celebrated today. Like any agricultural harvest festival, it features competitions for the best livestock, herbs, vegetables, cheeses and even honey from throughout the region. If you’re wondering why exactly the L-Imnarja Harvest Festival is on this list, it’s because of the feast which largely centers around the consumption of the rabbit stew alongside free-flowing Maltese wines. For this reason, trying fenkata at the L-Imnarja Harvest Festival will give you a rich cultural experience.
Buskett Gardens, Rabat, Malta, +356 2123 7747