Mgarr (Victoria), Gozo, Malta
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Approximately 4 Hours
Gozo is renowned for its cottage industries and artisan food.
Visit an artisan food-making facility where you will start by viewing a short video presentation. Then, watch the dedicated staff at work in the kitchen. The task of the day varies, but might be the infusion of oils and vinegars, the pressing of sun-dried figs, creating a range of antipasti and sun-dried tomatoes in oils, succulent fruit jams and pure Gozitan honey, or the making of cakes and puddings.
Your next stop will be at Fontana Cottage, which offers a live display of Gozo's cottage industry -- particularly the spinning and weaving of wool for the creation of a hand-knitted cardigans or a sheep's-wool blanket. Lace-making, known as 'bizilla' is a convergence of art, craft and design, and is quintessentially Gozitan. Silver filigree is another traditional local craft which requires a lot of patience and skill. Thankfully, there is time for shopping here.
Your final stop is at a sculpture gallery, where you'll meet Joe Xuereb. Joe is a bold artist who expresses his artistic inspiration in Neolithic-style sculpture. He has built a reputation for specializing in this type of art. His medium is the soft globigerina limestone of Gozo, highly adapted to his own working technique. Joe uses traditional tools he inherited from his father, who was also a stonemason in his younger days.