The epic 23 day Dubai Food Festival is based on four key themes, including Emirati Cuisine, Homegrown restaurants, Multi-cultural Dining and Street Food and International Chefs and Restaurants.
There’s plenty to do with exclusive and new events set to include the region’s-first foodie film nights, Dubai Food & Film, and nine back-to-back celebrity chef cooking sensations as part of the new-for-2015 and Middle East’s first, Fatafeat Kitchen, the Festival will also welcome a fleet of the city’s favourite food trucks in the Food Truck Convoy. Another highlight comes in the form of celebrity chef’s taking over the kitchens of the Dubai Creek’s iconic floating restaurants as part of Dine On The Creek. Making a return from last years Food Festival are the Beach Canteen, Dubai Food Carnival, Taste of Peru, GulFood and the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF). Note Taste of Dubai is in March this year so forms Part 2 of the Food Carnival.
Plenty of Chefs to meet including Michelin-starred Jason Atherton, one of my favourites from Clé Dubai – award-winning Greg Malouf, TV favourite Sanjeev Kapoor, Queen of the Arabic Kitchen, Manal Al Alem, critically-acclaimed chef and best-selling author, Silvena Rowe, and the renowned Saudi Arabian Super Chef YousefKhumayes, many of whom have restaurants in the Emirate.
The Festival programme is designed to both highlight the range of flavours that inspire Dubai’s menus, drawn from the cuisines of the 200 nationalities that live in the city, as well as the traditions of Emirati cuisine and hospitality, an increasingly important element of our tourism offer.
Four Key Themes
Emirati Cuisine The new-for-2015 Made In Dubai event (27 – 28 February at Zabeel Park) will pay particular homage to Emirati hospitality and culture, as it showcases 96 delicious yet often unknown Emirati dishes through tastings and master-classes with local chefs.
Homegrown The bigger and better 2015 Beach Canteen, which this year takes residence at Kite Beach for the entirety of the Festival (6 – 28 February), plays host to nine of Dubai’s very best homegrown restaurants and concepts. Offering visitors a unique beach dining experience, the Beach Canteen will also serve up pop-up restaurants from celebrity chefs, Jason Atherton (26 – 28 February), Sanjeev Kapoor (21 February) and Yousef Khamayes (6 – 7 February) and a variety of other entertainment. Similarly, the Urban Bazaar local foodie street market (6 February, The Archive, Safa Park and 27 February, Creekside, Bur Dubai) will host stalls showcasing homegrown concepts.
Multi-cultural Dining and Street Food Celebrating multicultural dining and street food, DFF will welcome homegrown food trucks including local favourites Moti Roti, Raw Coffee and Burger Fuel, to take part in the Food Truck Convoy (Various dates). The trucks will arrive at key locations including Tecom, JLT and Emaar Square throughout the Festival, serving up the very best street food cuisine. DFF will also welcome Street Nights (20 – 21 February), which will pair street art with street food in the city’s up-and-coming arts precinct, Al Quoz. Similarly, a showcase of award-winning street-food photographer Penny De La Santos’ most stunning images of the multicultural dining and street food on offer in Dubai will be on show at Dubai Airport during February.
International Chefs and Restaurants
Regional and international celebrity chefs will appear at Fatafeat Kitchen (20 – 21 February), which will welcome nine in total including Egyptian cuisine expert Chef Salma Soliman to take part in live cooking demonstrations. Another of the Festival’s inaugural events, Dine On The Creek (Various dates, to be announced soon), will see celebrity chefs including Sanjeev Kapoor, Manal Al Alem and YousefKhumayes serve up their internationally award-winning dishes in traditional Emirati surroundings.
So there you have it ! Absolutely amazed at the variety of events and dining experiences on offer, it’s sure to be an extremely busy February as I dash around Dubai on a culinary journey thats bound to fun and enjoyable and errr should I say ‘Tasty’ !!