The cooking traditions of Malta are once more being celebrated and families of the west, Maltese and otherwise, are being invited to test their skills in the Maltese Cook-Off.

Top honours at last year’s cook-off were claimed by Werribee’s Portelli family.

Matriarch Carmen, with son Luke and daughter Annie, won with broad bean soup with fresh cheeselets and prickly pear ice-cream with an almond slice biscuit.

“It was an amazing experience,” Carmen said. “It allowed me to be immersed in my culture and hear everyone speaking Maltese around me.”

This year’s annual event will be on October 23 in Melbourne at William Angliss Institute. Details: www.nisga.org