Citywide culinary celebration opens with multiple ‘Celebrate Taste’ experiences

– Tickets and registration for events and promotions available viawww.dubaifoodfestival.com/book-now

With the launch of the 3rd edition of Dubai Food Festival today (Thursday, 25 February), organisers have shared their top tips on where to go and who to see during the Festival’s dazzling opening weekend.

 Hosted under the new ‘Celebrate Taste’ theme, the 2016 Festival will take off in grand style with the exciting newly launched Beach Canteen, the official festival hub, being right at the heart of the action to offer residents and visitors a memorable start to DFF 2016.

 Foodies, families, and their friends will enjoy everything from glamorous gala dinners hosted by celebrity chefs and enticing deals across the city’s most loved fine dining restaurants, to Masterclasses, food trucks, family fun and fitness classes.

 Now in its third year, the Dubai Food Festival is organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), to celebrate the city’s reputation as the culinary capital of the region.

 With so much on offer at Dubai Food Festival’s opening weekend from 25 – 27 February, there is something for everyone to enjoy and experience.

‘Celebrate Taste’ during Dubai Food Festival 2016

 Etisalat Beach Canteen, Kite Beach (25 February – 12 March)

Families, foodies, fitness fanatics and fashionistas are in for a treat when the revamped Etisalat Beach Canteen returns as the Festival’s free to attend, go-to destination that will serve as the Festival’s official hub and the main ticket booking platform of DFF 2016.

 Alongside 15 delicious home-grown restaurant concepts, visitors will enjoy demonstrations from Dubai Restaurant Week’s chefs and a superhero-themed Food & Film Night on Friday 26, and demonstrations from Australian Master Chefs George Colambaris, Gary Mehigan, Manu Fieldel, Matt Moran and Shannon Bennett on Saturday 27. A range of fitness classes will take place across both days. For information on the schedule and details on how to register for or buy tickets for events, visit www.dubaifoodfestival.com.

 Dubai Restaurant Week (25 February – 5 March)

The inaugural Dubai Restaurant Week will see 30 of the city’s best fine dining restaurants offer a three-course set menu at the exceptional price of AED189 per person. Residents, foodies and visitors are encouraged to book early for the opening weekend to avoid missing out on this unique experience via the official booking partner Round Menu at http://www.roundmenu.com/DRW.

 Offering an exclusive opportunity to sample the top spots on everyone’s to-try list, participating restaurants include: Alta Badia, Ashiana by Vineet, Atelier M, Boca, Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Café Belge, Fogueira, Fume, Garden, Hoi An, Junoon, JW’s Steakhouse, Kiku, Mint Leaf of London, Okku, Pai Thai, Positano, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, Rivington Grill, Sea Fu, Seven Sands, Social By Heinz Beck, The Croft, The Hide, The Ivy, The Rib Room, Thiptara, Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, Yuan and Zheng He’s.

 Dine With The Stars (25 & 26 February)

‘Dine With The Stars’ gala dinner events offer guests an unforgettable opportunity to dine with their favourite celebrity chefs and enjoy a delicious menu crafted especially for the occasion. On Thursday 25thFebruary, the “Queen of the Arabian Kitchen”, Chef Manal Al Alem, will serve up a Middle Eastern themed evening. Then on Friday 26th for one night only, foodies will enjoy a five-course meal cooked by five elite celebrity chefs George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel, Matt Moran and Shannon Bennett. For further information and to reserve your place at this once-in-a-lifetime event visitwww.dubaifoodfestival.com/book-now

 Dubai Long Table presented by Dodge, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (26 February)

Grab a rare opportunity to enjoy one of the longest dining experiences at the first-ever Long Table set up along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai. The event invites 1,000 guests to choose from six specially created three-course menus from the award-winning chefs of The Address Hotels + Resorts, and Vida Hotels and Resorts. The event will run from 12.30 to 4pm and is priced at just AED160 per adult, AED90 per child (6-12 years) and complimentary for those below age six. Tickets are selling fast! For more information and seat reservations, visit http://www.dubaifoodfestival.com

 Masterclass Series presented by Al Islami; SCAFA (26 February – 11 March)

Dubai Food Festival’s ongoing Masterclass series by Al Islami kicks off with sessions and demonstrations from the stars of Australian MasterChef at Dubai’s School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (SCAFA) on the Festival’s opening weekend. Celebrity chefs George Calombaris [sold out], Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel, Matt Moran, Manal Al Alem and Shannon Bennett will teach fans their top tricks and tips on 26 and 27 February.

 For registration detail visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event/33563/dubai-food-festival—master-classes

Fatafeat Kitchen, Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet, Level 2, The Dubai Mall (26 and 27 February)

The first and only Arab TV channel in the Middle East that is dedicated to food will host its second annual Fatafeat Kitchen,  a free-to-attend event that will offer viewers a unique chance to meet their favourite faces from Fatafeat and witness live cooking demonstrations. The event will feature 9 famous chefs and personalities –  Arda Turkmen, Lidia Bastianich, Daad Abu Jaber,Layla Fathalla, Mohammed Orfali, Sadiqa Ismail, Salma Sulaiman, Tarek Ibrahim and Wafaa Al Kandari. Fatafeat Kitchen Event 2016 will include live cooking demonstrations, Q&A panels, tastings, and opportunities to meet the chefs and participate in  competitions.

 Eat the World DXB, Burj Park (25 – 27 February)

Eat the World DXB promises an exciting food and music event where high-quality, authentic food is the star of the show. Bringing 15 international street food traders, including food trucks from as far reaching as London, as well as some local greats, the event offers foodie fun including a curated market, children’s activities and chef demo theatre with celebrities including Andy Bates, John Quilter, Eric Lanlard andSuzanne Husseini. Book now at https://tixbox.com/event/eat_the_world_dxb

 Kids Dine Free (27 February)

Dubai Food Festival’s Kids Dine Free promotion invites families to enjoy a free three-course menu for children under 12 at 50 of the city’s most beloved family dining restaurants when accompanied by a paying adult. With an array of entertainment offerings in partnership with ADIB at each restaurant, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a meal out with the family. For the full list of participating restaurants visitwww.dubaifoodfestival.com

 Signature Tastes (25 February – 12 March)

During Dubai Food Festival, participating restaurants throughout the city will offer a “taste of their best” with limited edition signature dishes or menus. Order a Signature Taste from a participating restaurant and enter the draw to win incredible pre-loaded ADIB cards with an overall value of AED250,000. This is a perfect opportunity for residents to try out new eateries or a new menu item from their favourite restaurant. Visit www.dubaifoodfestival.com for more information.

 Global Village Street Food Celebration; Global Village (25 Feb – 12 March 2016)

 One of Dubai’s most popular family attractions, the Global Village marks its milestone 20th season by joining hands with Dubai Food Festival to offer authentic street food dishes throughout the festival at its restaurants, cafes and kiosks representing its multicultural aspect under the Signature Taste promotion. Visit www.globalvillage.ae

Promotions and activities galore

 Home Edition

Participating supermarkets and hypermarkets (25 February – 12 March)

 Supermarket shopping gets even more rewarding this DFF, as this year’s Home Edition promotion offers shoppers spending AED 250 at participating supermarkets and hypermarkets the chance to win prizes worth AED 50,000.  Two raffle draws will be held during the promotion with each draw offering six lucky winners the chance to win a voucher worth AED 50,000 that will allow them to shop for an entire year of groceries. The participating supermarkets and hypermarkets are Carrefour, Lulu, Spinneys, Géant, Union Coop, and Waitrose.


 As part of DFF 2016 savour a memorable visit to Mercato by participating in numerous activities for the entire family including Italian Cooking Demonstrations on how to cook delicious authentic Italian dishes in a fun and interactive way, Arabic Cooking Demonstrations on how to cook and make different authentic Arabic dishes, Cupcake Decorating Workshops featuring fun cupcake decorating workshops for children and Cinnabon Roll Making workshop that will teach children the art of making a Cinnabon. You can also spend AED 100 in any Food and Beverage outlet at Mercato or Town Centre Jumeirah and you will have the chance to win fabulous prizes.

 CITY PICNICS at CITY WALK (25 February – 12 March)

 CITY WALK introduces visitors to its CITY PICNICS this DFF 2016 and encourages everyone to bring along their friends and families. The event unfurls a variety of food choices in the dedicated picnic areas surrounded by endless games and activities for the young and the old. Shoppers will be given a picnic basket to purchase the meal of their choice at CITY WALK’s F&B outlets and proceed towards the picnic area infused with fun and activities for a day of food and fun.

 Gumball Park, BOXPARK (25 February – 12 March)

 BOXPARK celebrates Dubai Food Festival with an exciting ‘Spend & Win’ competition which featuring ‘a Gumball Park’ in which customers spending above AED 200 will either win a Gold Gummy bear worth AED 30,000 or an instant prize free meals at BOXPARK restaurants or offers put together by BOXPARK’s unique stores and restaurants.

 Cookie of Fortune, THE BEACH (25 February – 12 March)

 THE BEACH celebrates DFF  with a ‘Spend & Win’ competition  in which customers will either win a ‘Cookie of Fortune’ or an instant prize such as 50% off a meal or a free drink from one of the other restaurants. Customers spending AED 200 also have an opportunity to win the Grand prize of a Golden Cookie worth AED 30,000. During DFF 2016, THE BEACH will also have various other activities including a   workshop showing customers how to make their own origami fortune cookies; Musical Entertainment;  Food Trucks offering a range of food choices, picnic benches with umbrellas and tasteful music from DJ’s.

 Chocolate Fiesta, Dubai Marina Mall,  (25 – 27 February)

At the Dubai Marina Mall Chocolate Fiesta the wonderful world of chocolates will be explored through exhibiting chocolate sculptures, tastings, chocolate menu offerings, demonstrations how chocolates are made, unique fashion, stage shows, competitions and much more!  Whether you visit with friends or family you’ll find all the ingredients for a Chocolicious Day out!  A chance to taste, shop, relax and indulge in the yummiest chocolate bars!

Ibn Battuta Mall

Spend AED 100 in any Food and Beverage outlet at Ibn Battuta Mall and get a chance to win a holiday package and dining experience in Atlantis Dubai every week. This DFF enjoy live cooking demonstration by international and regional chefs and give your kids the opportunity to participate in baking activities and workshops every weekend during the festival at Ibn Battuta from 5pm to 10pm.

 Dragon Mart (25 February – 12 March)

DFF visitors spending AED 50 at any Food and Beverage outlet in Dragon Market 1 and Dragon Mart 2 have the chance to win a Dodge car This DFF you can also relish mouth-watering delights by young entrepreneurs at the Dragon Drive Food Market every day at Dragon Mart 1 and Dragon Mart 2.

Dubai International Airport ‘Dine and Win’; Participating restaurants, Dubai International Airport (25 February – 12 March)

Spend over AED49 at a participating restaurant in Dubai International Airport and get the chance to win a five-night stay at the newly opened luxury hotel St. Regis Dubai, including Business Class flights and five of the city’s best dining experiences. Visit www.dubaifoodfestival.com for further information and full prize details.

 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (15- 27 February)

 To celebrate the Dubai Food Festival 2016, for the first-time ever you can enjoy the famed French, 3-Michelin-starred Chef, Jean-Georges signature Pretzel Dusted Baby Squid, with homemade Spicy Marinara and Mustard Aioli during one of the region’s most eagerly awaited sport events, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2016.  This delicious dish by the renowned restaurant is presented at a tempting price of just AED 40 exclusively available during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Don’t miss it!

 For more information on the Festival’s schedule and to buy tickets or register for events visitwww.dubaifoodfestival.com/booknow





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