The Dubai Food Festival (DFF) is the only city-wide food festival in the Middle East. Here’s what you can expect to see in the 2017 edition of this food paradise. Organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the Dubai Food Festival is an annual city-wide event that showcases culinary delights from all over the world. Here are some highlights you can look forward to at the festival which will take place from February 23 to March 11.
Etisalat Beach Canteen
February 23 to March 11
This DFF favourite is returning with an all new theme—Middle Eastern cuisine. Running for the entire duration of the food festival, this beach pop-up offers masterclasses from celebrity chefs, open-mic nights and play areas for kids, as well as fitness classes and a cinema. Be sure to check out the Al Islami family cookery masterclasses.
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Eat The World DXB
February 23 to 25
25 of the best street food vendors from Dubai, London, Singapore and the U.S.A. are gathering in Downtown Dubai for three days. This food truck event includes: masterclasses, demos, competitions and live music. Don’t miss out on the gold topped burger—the Burg Khalifa, available at The Roadery.
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Miele Dubai Restaurant Week
February 23 to March 4
15 of the best locally sourced restaurants and world renowned sensations are offering a spectacular deal during the Dubai Food Festival. At all participating restaurants, you will be able to enjoy three courses for only AED199 (US$54). Restaurants taking part include: Mayta by Jaime Pesaque, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, and Marina Social by Jason Atherton.
Films and Food at Last Exit
February 23–25 , March 2–4 , and March 9–11
Films and food is available at the Last Exit, a 1950’s inspired food truck park that is located near the border of Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the E11—the longest road in the UAE. The Last Exit has fresh gourmet food that caters to everyone, and a cinema that offers a new movie theme every weekend.
As part of the DFF, Firebird Diner is hosting an all-American day. Head down to Michelin-star chef Michael Mina’s restaurant to try dishes from the midwest, deep south, northeast and west coast of America. Exciting entertainment for the night includes a swing band that plays top hits.
Building 9, Gate Village, Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, UAE, +971 (0) 4 506 0100
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Darnival featuring Fatafeat Kitchen
This open event is sure to be a special experience that you won’t want to miss. Darnival is hosting cooking demonstrations by the Fatafeat channel’s top chefs. They will also include an interactive wellbeing presentation by the DLife channel’s star Dr. Nandi, and a live performance by a character from the popular DKids show Hi-5.
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Captain’s Catch & Cook at Senara
If you like seafood, this unique experience is for you. The British restaurant Senara is offering a chance to go deep sea fishing for four hours. During this time you will learn about local fish and try your hand at catching your dinner. By sunset you’ll be back at Senara, relaxing by the water’s edge and enjoying a drink while the chef cooks your fresh fish to your liking.
Senara Restaurant, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, +971 0 4 451 64 60
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Signature Dinner at Bazxar
Ever wondered which food should go with which drink? Look no further than the Signature Dinner at Bazxar. This event also includes food from Bazxar’s new menu, the best dishes from the Veneto region in Italy, and an interactive sampling of drinks with the connoisseur Alessio Pavan, the ambassador of Cielo e Terra Group. This once in a lifetime opportunity costs AED375 (US$102) per person.
Bazxar Restaurant, Precint, DIFC, Dubai, UAE, +971 04 355 1111
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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Experience the wonder of the Emirates at Bab Al Shams. Al Hadheerah Restaurant is hosting an Emirati feast with no less than 14 buffet stations. Expect to be amazed by Arabian entertainment here, Al Hadheerah is known for dazzling its guests with falconry displays, camel caravans, horse shows and Tanoura dancers. This hotel also offers camel rides and dune drives.
Hosted several times a year, Street Nights is one of the coolest cultural events in Dubai, and the food festival versions are especially popular. This artsy event has food trucks, live music, a crafty bazaar, break-dancing competitions and live graffiti artists. The DFF Street Nights will only run for two days, so be sure not to miss this Dubai favourite.
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Taste Of Dubai
This popular festival, now in its 10th year, is the pivotal event of DFF. Taste of Dubai has everything from masterclasses and workshops, to international live music and interactive demos with famous chefs. Learn something new and then chill out, have a drink and eat.
Truckers DXB, the masterminds behind the Food Truck Jam, are bringing their laid-back family-friendly event to the Dubai Food Festival. This backyard party will see 19 vendors serve homegrown food from all over the world. After eating, be sure to check out the live music, handcrafts market and games.
This is where DFF celebrates tucked away restaurants which have been voted by the people of Dubai as the best in the city for mouth watering cultural food and affordable prices. Recommended restaurants include: The Acai Spot, Tuk Tuk Thai, Singapore Deli Cafe, Ka’ak Al Manara, Rasoi Ghar, Milas Restaurant, and Aden Restaurant.