Taste Prehistory: A culinary journey spanning 5,000 years

Heritage Malta, through its Taste History unit, will be holding a unique culinary event spanning the 5,000 years of Maltese prehistory, on Saturday 6th March at 19:30 at the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu.

This is the first time that Taste History will be venturing off the path of our more recent history to delve into the realm of prehistory. This event is a natural progression from last year’s Food in Prehistory Curator’s Tour at the Tarxien Temples, in which prehistoric food sources were described.

Animal relief- National Museum of Archaeology

Entitled Taste Prehistory, the event will consist of a sit-down dinner for 40 people who will be able to sample some of the food consumed during different periods of Maltese prehistory, namely the Early Neolithic Period, the Temple Period and the Bronze Age.

The proposed menu is a mixture of what was found archaeologically and determined scientifically to have been available during these periods. Apart from the meat of two of the most common animals whose remains were found in Maltese prehistoric sites, guests will experience various grains that have over time been replaced in popularity with the common wheat, together with the produce of trees which are known to have been present at the time.

Taste History’s chef Joseph Cassar will be preparing the food on site. All ingredients used are locally and sustainably produced. Free-flowing wine will also be served. Although no evidence for wine exists in prehistory, the trade links that existed in this period are known and the wine served during the meal will celebrate these.

Sharon Sultana, Senior Curator at the National Museum of Archaeology, and Josef Caruana, Curator of Prehistoric Sites within Heritage Malta, will briefly outline the Maltese prehistoric period, with the archaeological remains and scientific studies consulted in the creation of the dishes served during this dinner being explained throughout the evening.

Goat skull from Skorba

Guests will also be able to admire related artefacts which will be showcased on site. For the first time in their five-thousand-year existence, these artefacts will be on display together in Cottonera, adding even more value to this unique and exclusive event.

Tickets for Taste Prehistory may be bought here: https://shop.heritagemalta.org/index.asp?eventid=755

The event will be held in strict adherence to Public Health regulations related to Covid-19. For more information visit www.heritagemalta.org.