Some moments in life bring you a special kind of joy. The birth of a child. Laying eyes on your soulmate. Licking off the last bit of chutney that’s sliding down to your elbow.
It is to celebrate these moments of joy that Dubai’s Department of Tourism brings you the Dubai Food Festival . The emirate’s eclectic mix of cultures promises a gastronomic delight with lip smacking food that ranges from haute cuisine to global street fare. Vada Pav and Escargots de Bourgogne in one place? How could you possibly say no?
Dubai Food Festival is one of the world’s biggest food festivals. 17 days of food themed events, fairs, dining experiences and cooking workshops. With people from over 200 countries calling Dubai home, get set for a mind boggling variety of cuisine from across the world. Enjoy local gems, gourmet meals and everything in between at this unmissable extravaganza.
The 2019 edition of the Dubai Food Festival will be held between February 21 and March 9 this year. Brace yourself for 10 course meals, masterclasses by Michelin chefs, and fun food events across the city.
What’s Hot at the Dubai Food Festival
Limited Edition Coffee Series
This one’s a dream come true for caffeine connoisseurs. Enjoy special brews, exotic grinds and incredible flavours across Dubai at some of city’s coolest cafes. Ready for your caffeine fix? Here’s where to go.
Café Frei for a whopping 67 kinds of coffee. Don’t forget to try to DFF exclusive Marhaba- an exclusive blend of American espresso with apples and oranges.
Where: Central Park Towers, Podium 3, DIFC. +971 50 379 2589
20 Grams for some traditional Arabic blends infused with spices for a delicious taste of Dubai.
Where: Nad Al Hammar, Dubai. +971 50 877 7079
Andes for the perfect fusion of Latin America and Asia. Ask for their Smoked Botanical Latte made from tonke cream and rice milk. Where: One Central, Dubai. +971 55 686 8003
Dubai Restaurant Week
To celebrate Dubai Food Festival, the hottest haunts in the city are serving up incredible treats for gourmands. If you’re in the mood to eat fancy, here’s where you go.
Carnival by Tresind for some delicious ghar ka khaana. Where: Level POD, Burj Daman, DIFC Indian Cuisine. +971 4 421 8665
Seven Sands for a taste of the emirates. Don’t leave without tasting the camel biryani.
Where: The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina. +971 4 551 6652
MINA Brasserie if you’re craving American fare like lamb rack and ravioli. Where: Podium Level, Building 9, Gate Village, DIFC. +971 4 506 0100
If you like a full belly without an empty wallet this is where you go. The highlight of DFF is the Beach Canteen. A free event that takes place at Sunset Beach, the Canteen dishes out delicious fare from across the world. Enjoy pizzas, kebabs and tacos all in one place. The venue also hosts kiddie events, live cooking demonstrations and tons of fun workshops.
And there you have it. Our guide to the biggest food festival on the continent. All that’s left is for you to pack some hajmola, get your visa, catch a flight and go to Dubai. And before you go don’t forget to give my Dubai travel tips a read. Bon Voyage!