Dubai to host food festival in February

Event will include celebrity chef appearances, food-related consumer and trade events, activities, and promotions.
Dubai to host food festival in February
By Lubna Hamdan
Sun 18 Jan 2015 11:30 AM

The Dubai Festivals and Retails Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) announced that the dates for this year’s Dubai Food Festival (DFF) will be from February 6 to 28 across the city of Dubai.

The festival is a 23-day event that celebrates the Emirate’s emergence as a culinary destination. It will include celebrity chef appearances, food-related consumer and trade events, activities, and promotions.

The event’s main theme, "Find your Flavour,” will focus on the diversity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary scene, and its vast pool of 200 nationalities. It will also showcase some of the Emirate’s best home-grown food concepts and ideas.

"The festival programme has been designed to highlight the range of flavours that inspire Dubai's menus, drawn from the cuisines of the 200 nationalities that live in the city, as well as the traditions of Emirati cuisine and hospitality, an increasingly important element of our tourism offer," said Laila Mohammed Suhail, chief executive officer of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE).

Marking its second edition, DFF 2015 will host celebrity chefs like Michelin-starred Jason Atherton, award-winning Greg Malouf, TV’s prized Sanjeev Kapoor, Queen of the Arabic Kitchen, Manal Al Alem, critically-acclaimed chef and best-selling author, Silvena Rowe, and the renowned Saudi Arabian super chef Yousef Khumayes, many of whom have restaurants in the UAE.

This year’s version will also feature a line-up of new events, such as the “Foodie Film Night,” “Fatafeat Kitchen,” “Food Truck Convoy,” and “Dine on the Creek with Celebrity Chefs.”

In addition, DFF 2015 will be stretched across four minor themes: Emirates Cuisine, which will focus on Emirati dishes and culture, Home-grown, which will focus on home-grown restaurants and concepts, Multi-cultural Dining and Street Food, which will focus on multicultural dining and street food, and International Chefs and Restaurants, which will focus on regional and international celebrity chefs.

The festival will also bring back favourites from DFF 2014 such as the Beach Canteen, Dubai Food Carnival, Taste of Peru, GulFood and the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF).

Some of its chosen venues include Za’abeel Park, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Kite Beach, Dubai Marine, and Pier 7.

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