Dubai Food Festival 2018 Is Here And It’s Raining Tasty Food!

by Lakshmi Menon
Dubai Food Festival 2018 Is Here And It’s Raining Tasty Food!

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The Dubai Food Festival started on 22nd of February and goes on till 10th March 2018. This annual festival is a culinary delight coupled with an exciting line up of events.

What Is It?

Dubai Food Festival ( DFF) started 4 years back and clocked in over 190,241 attendees last year, a year-on increase of 34% since 2016. What started off with the aim of bringing local brands into the limelight has now diversified into a full-fledged festival which sees international chefs and artists championing the culinary scene in Dubai.

17 days of tantalizing treats, DFF 2018  has 4 main highlights making it all-encompassing, reaching out to all kinds of food lovers. There’s something for the fine diners, the food truck lovers, the ones who love exploring lesser-known restaurants and the ones who like a wholesome experience with music and activities to keep them engaged while munching.

What’s In It?

Dubai Restaurant Week AKA Fine dining without a fine bill –  Spanning over 10 cuisines, 15 different restaurants are a part of the fine dining for less deal wherein you can indulge in a fine gastronomical experience at an economical cost. 3-course set menus have been specially curated for the event for AED 199 and will include a range of cuisines and gourmet dishes. The sittings are from 7 PM to 9 PM each night, but reservations are highly recommended.

When: 22 February – 3 March 2018

Beach Canteen AKA Food trucks galore – The Etisalat Beach Canteen, a pop-up venue on JBR will flaunt homegrown food trucks, cafes, and restaurants. From American grub food to Vietnamese street food, it is sure to be a culinary hotspot. Barring the food, there’s going to be live performances, fitness sessions, flea markets and carnival-like activities here. At the beach, two family-friendly Beach Brunches are scheduled to be held- February 23 and March 1. The Beach Canteen comes to an end with the Dubai International Kite Fest event on March 9 and 10.


When: 22 February – 10 March 2018

Hidden Gems AKA Dubai’s least-known best restaurants – A curated list of Dubai’s hidden gems, the city’s best restaurants that no one knows about and meals at these places on certain days ( Meal Days as they call it) during the festival at undefeatable prices for you to experience the wonder. These restaurants were chosen based on a voting campaign and you can see who made the cut here and a quick guide to dates here.

When: 22 February – 10 March 2018

Taste of Dubai AKA Food meets music – The last fragment to Dubai Food Festival are the live performances and cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

You can take a masterclass with world-class chefs like Sanjeev Kapoor, Reza Mohammad, Jenny Morris, Silvia Baracchi and, Maria Grazia Soncini. If not a masterclass you can enroll yourself in a cooking challenge and cook alongside celebrity chefs Jenny Morris, Reza Mohammad, Sanjeev Kapoor, Eric Lanlard, Jun Tanaka, Valentine Warner and Annabel Karmel.

When: 8 – 10 March 2018

What Else?

Loosen your belts, let out your trousers and head out for two weeks of culinary craziness. Plan the next few days out judiciously so that you can squeeze in as many meals as possible in all of these places. You don’t want to miss out any!


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