Żejtun will be celebrating the start of the olive-picking season and pressing of oil through its annual festival, fittingly called Żejt iż-Żejtun.
This festival celebrates a rural heritage closely associated with the southeast of Malta. In Punic/Roman times, Malta was well-known for its olive oil, a basic staple product in that era. Back then, olive oil was required for use in almost all routine daily chores. Hence, in late summer, when stocks were really low, the newly pressed oil was excitedly expected.
The important point of the festivity is the blessing of olives carted or carried by local farmers, followed by pressing and free tasting of Maltese ftajjar dressed in freshly pressed olive oil. All this occurs amongst folk music, singing and dancing.