The most-awaited event of the year- the Dubai food festival is here- finally! One of the main highlights of the fest is the Etisalat Beach Canteen on Jumeirah Beach Road. The popular event brings together a bunch of food related activities during the food fest week. There are a plethora of fun family events, food trucks to hop around, and lots of pop up activities. So this weekend, head down to Jumeirah for an evening of fun, frolic and loads of food.
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The Etisalat Beach Canteen features some of the best homegrown and international food concepts. The canteen boasts an impressive line up of cooking classes, food tasting sessions and other fun activities. The place is flooded with a myriad of colourful food stalls offering tasty treats from across the globe. Watch the sun go down as you bite into delicious bites. There will also be live music, as well as chances to win some amazing prizes.
And if you love cooking, sign up for a free cooking class, or enjoy a magic show, and seaside fireworks. You can even take part in a gaming competition, and or chill with a movie by the beach. Fitness freaks can sweat it out in a family Zumba workout, along with other some fun exercises. Now, the best part- students receive a special 15 percent discount off on all food and beverages. Just remember to bring your student ID’s and you’re all set. A number of schools will also be putting on some amazing performances, and you can even take part in a super cool karaoke night.
That’s not all! The Dubai Food Fest also has some other interesting highlights:
Hidden Gems (26 February – 14 March)
Dubai has a host of hidden food spots waiting to be discovered. DFF’s Hidden Gems allows curious culinary fans the chance to indulge at the top hidden food hot spots in the city. These undiscovered culinary gems will offer incredible authentic tastes and a vibrant atmosphere at pocket-friendly prices. Foodies across Dubai will have the chance to vote and select the 10 best Hidden Gems of Dubai. Voting will open on February 16 and the winners will be announced on March 14.
Foodie Experiences (26 February – 14 March)
After the hugely successful launch of Foodie Experiences at last year’s DFF, the concept is back for 2020, and will deliver unique, one-of-a-kind food adventures. Foodie Experiences will feature masterclasses, chef’s tables and experiential dining in unique venues.
Experiential dining concepts will be held across the city at venues including an organic tasting tour and farm dinner at Emirates Bio Farm, which will treat diners to flavours from the field whilst learning about organic and sustainable farming. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) will also host a dinner under the stars in the stunning Al Fahidi District in Old Dubai with a delicious menu of authentic Emirati cuisine.
Chef’s table events and interactive masterclasses will be available to book at some of Dubai’s most iconic restaurants, including Zhen Wei, BB Social Dining and Tresind Studio, and many more.
Designed for residents, tourists and families alike – DFF 2020 promises a memorable, exciting and educating festival, celebrating the best of food in the city. With a list of events, offers and special promotions to be announced, diners in the city should keep their eyes peeled for a whole host of foodie surprises still to come. The line-up also includes Taste of Dubai which will be returning for its 13th year from 12 to 14 March with its signature line-up of food creations, celebrity chefs and family-friendly entertainment.
Location – Jumeirah Beach Road
Dates – 26 February – 14 March