If you are a foodie, then chances are that you love to check out new restaurants, regardless of their size. And if trying out different cuisines and a multitude of dishes is how you like to spend your time, then you will absolutely love to hear about the next bit. We are here to spill the beans about the upcoming Dubai Food Festival which begins in the Emirate, today. Here is everything you need to know about the annual culinary celebration.
Dubai Food Festival Begins
Dubai Food Festival has made a comeback for its 10th edition from today, i.e. April 21 to May 7. Expected to be the tastiest season yet, this 17-day food fiesta will shine the spotlight on the 10 years of the vibrant food culture in Dubai. As the city has seen a variety of restaurants popping up over the said period, from 5,500 in 2012 to a whopping 13,000 in 2023, it’s hardly surprising that there’s been a significant expansion in the food sector. Celebrating this gastronomical feat, the Dubai Food Festival 2023 will be the biggest and most exciting addition yet.
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Highlights Of The 10th Edition Of DFF
A diverse range of events and activities have been curated for food enthusiasts in the Emirate. Some of these are as follows
You will certainly be tempted by special masterclasses by acclaimed chefs, chef’s tables, tasting menus, immersive experiential events, and culinary collaborations. There is lots of exciting stuff happening for foodies at the 17-day event. It will also include impressive events like an exclusive eight-course Chef’s Table that has been curated by chef Kunal Kapoor and a six-hands dinner with chefs Torno Subito, Giardino 25, and Gucci Osteria.
Dubai Restaurant Week
Dubai Restaurant Week made its debut in the Dubai Food Festival 2016 by providing an exclusive dining experience at some of the city’s top-rated restaurants. Thereby offering foodies a chance to savour the diverse culinary offerings at value prices in Dubai. And it’s back for this season as well. It is returning to the 10th edition from April 28 to May 7. You can find exclusive set menus and discounted prices at the top 50 restaurants in the Emirate, and we’re sure you’re going to love this. Some of the restaurants that you can expect are – Gordan Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Demon Duck by Alvin Leung, and Ariana’s Persian Kitchen.
Etisalat Beach Canteen
This is a popular canteen that’s making a comeback at the 10th edition of DFF. A favourite dining pop-up, this outdoor carnival is located just behind Sunset Mall. So, attendees will get to celebrate ten years of the beach canteen and Dubai Food Festival by taking a walk down memory lane and witnessing how the food scene has evolved in Dubai over the years.
10 Dirham Dish
If you love to explore new cuisines, then there is no better place than Dubai Food Festival to do so. As such, the reason for this is that eateries across the city will be serving specially curated dishes for just AED10 per plate. This is a special addition that has been introduced for the 10th-anniversary edition!
A Series Of Unique Experiences In The First Week
As it happens, during the first week of DFF, people can embark on a series of culinary explorations of global cuisines while learning how to make national dishes and signature plates from world-renowned and award-winning chefs. So, this means you can participate in Oyster Shucking Masterclass at Dibba Bay Oysters, sign up for a Masterclass with chefs at Reif Japanese Kushiyaki, or even take a fermented foods Masterclass by 21 Grams. There are several other highlights of the first week, these include –
- There will be a combined Chef’s Table and Masterclass at City Social’s kitchen.
- You can indulge in their dining experience and guided kitchen walk-through at 11 Woodfire.
- Frying Pan Adventures will take you on an interesting International City noodle tour.
- You can partake in the journey of Caviar at Ossiano.
- There will also be guided tasting at Mirzam. This will include special Eid chocolates created by Sahar Al Awadhi.
Moreover, visitors can opt to indulge in Chef’s Tables, as select chefs will showcase their culinary expertise by bringing authentic flavours with each curated tasting menu. This includes multiple-course meals from various cuisines paired with a unique dining experience for each visitor, such as a Vegetarian Chef’s Table at Avatara and an exclusive eight-course Chef’s Table at Bada Dining.
Doesn’t it all sound absolutely fantastic? Well, you can expect all this and more in the 10th edition of the 17-day food fiesta.
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