Farsons Great Beer Festival
The Farsons Great Beer Festival was held for the first time in 1981 at the Farsons Brewery in Mriehel, with subsequent editions held in Tigne in Sliema and at Ta’ Xbiex Marina.
Since 2001, the festival has been held at Ta’ Qali Park, where it has grown into the largest summer festival on the island and has become one of the main events in the summer calendar.
The festival attracts locals and tourists who flock to Ta' Qali to support local musicians and artists while appreciating a variety of local beer brands, from the Cisk range of beers to the classic beers, Hopleaf and Blue Label – special ales brewed with passion since 1928. International beer brands such as Carlsberg, Budweiser, Guinness, Newcastle Brown Ale, Kilkenny, John Smiths, Beck’s and Corona are also available at the festival.
The food court at the festival offers a mix of dishes from all over the world as well as other favourites.
The official festival beer mug, collected by many year after year, is sold at the bars with the beer of choice or at the souvenir stall selling other special brand merchandise.
Malta’s established artists and bands perform every night; on two stages since 2001. The festival is also known to be a starting platform for many up-and-coming bands and artists who are given the opportunity to perform to a large audience.
In 2011, due to the numerous enquiries received from new bands and artists to perform in the festival, the organizers decided to collect all applicants and give them the opportunity to participate in an event to showcase their talent. Rock the Fest, a music competition organised in collaboration with Vodafone and Hard Rock Café, was held at Hard Rock Café in Baystreet throughout June and ended last week. Two winning bands, and a surprise third band, judged by local music professionals as well as public votes, have been given the opportunity to perform on the Rock Stage during the 2011 festival. The winning bands were Bridget Bone, 12th Ode and Plan Zero. They appeared at the festival on Friday 22 July, Tuesday 26 July and Friday 29 July respectively.
The Farsons Great Beer Festival iPhone App was launched ahead of the 2011 edition. The app includes a map of the festival area, the schedule of entertainment on both stages, and other features.
Main Stage Performers
Rock Stage Performers