On Friday the 28th of July, one of our newest teachers (Jonathan, from Glasgow in Scotland), accompanied a thirty five strong group of students to the annual “Beerfest” held in Malta. Here is what he had to say, about what was certainly a fun and entertaining evening…

We met at Giuseppe’s Bar in St Julians, on a bright, balmy Friday evening, and caught the coach over to the “Beerfest”, a mere 20 minutes away. The atmosphere on the bus was a very expectant one – thirty five students, fresh from a week of learning English, ready to party and let off some serious steam. We arrived around nine thirty, and slowly but surely, staff and students alike were sampling some of the alcoholic delights the “Beerfest” had to offer!

On sale were a variety of Maltese lagers and beers, and also some from the wider international market – an event catering to everyone’s beer taste! The students were thriving off the festival atmosphere which they were met with – live music, dancing, carnival games, and a whole host of nationalities all united by one common passion – beer!

During the course of the evening, I treated the students to some interpretive Scottish dancing (which the students heartily tried to replicate), and the laughter and good vibes were flowing straight through until we left at midnight, back to St Julians. This truly was an event which satisfied everyone – from 18 years old to 60 years old, everyone could loosen up and have a giggle over a pint of good old Maltese “Cisk”!

For some of the party animals among the group, the fun and games continued on to Paceville for a few hours more of dancing, beer and laughter. I’m happy to report that after a few pints of “Cisk”, the overall quality of the students Scottish dancing improved dramatically! (See photographic evidence!)

“Beerfest” – a cheap night out, with great company, amazing surroundings and divine refreshments – what more could you want? Well, another pint of “Cisk” since you asked… 🙂

Jonathan Dunn (Maltalingua Teacher)