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Title: The future of festa food in Malta : lost legacy?
Other Titles: Heritage interpretation for the future of Europe – proceedings
Authors: Cassar, George
Avellino, Marie
Buttigieg, Noel
Keywords: Food habits -- Malta -- History
Food -- History -- Malta
Gastronomy -- Malta -- History
Cooking, Maltese
Fasts and feasts -- Malta
Feasts, Religious -- Malta
Malta -- Social life and customs
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Interpret Europe
Citation: Cassar, G., Avellino, M., & Buttigieg, N. (2016). The future of festa food in Malta: Lost legacy?. In R. White, S. Timoney & L. De Bruyne (Eds.), Heritage interpretation for the future of europe – proceedings (pp. 8-18). Belgium: Interpret Europe.
Abstract: This study aims to examine the extent to which food in Maltese communal gatherings is successfully staged to be understood by both the community and the tourist. Research indicates that distinctive and particular foods have typified such gatherings for centuries. Nevertheless, this characteristic is overshadowed by the commercialization, commoditisation and alteration of traditional food and foodways for wider preference in a globalised environment. Such foods have also been adapted for easier consumption in informal settings such as the village festa. Communal gatherings serve as a platform for negotiation and renegotiation of their cultural identity. The study suggests that to achieve the fine balance between traditional cuisine and an inclusive democratised product, community involvement needs to take place through active citizenship, stakeholder input and professional interpretation.
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