By Sam Bridge
Dubai Food Festival. organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, will run for 18 days from February 26
Dubai is gearing up to host the seventh edition of the region’s biggest citywide celebration of food from February 26 to March 14.
Dubai Food Festival. organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), will run for 18 days and will offer events including annual favourites Dubai Restaurant Week, Etisalat Beach Canteen, Hidden Gems and Foodie Experiences.
During DFF, diners in the city will be able to seek out authentic dishes hidden in the city’s streets, and try out the newest food concepts in Dubai, as well as masterclasses, chef’s tables and unique dining experiences.
Plus there will be appearances by celebrity chefs, cooking competitions and one-time only promotions in malls across the city.
Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of DFRE, said: “Now in its seventh year, Dubai Food Festival is a magnificent platform for the city to demonstrate what it has to offer when it comes to food. A powerful name in the industry, the festival showcases Dubai as a gastronomy leader on the world map.
"For 2020, we are set to continue delivering on the DFF concepts that put it firmly on the annual calendar – plus new initiatives to celebrate the citywide event. We look forward to welcoming both residents and tourists, of all nationalities and cultures from across the world to celebrate Dubai Food Festival 2020.”
Highlights of the 2020 festival will include:
Etisalat Beach Canteen (February 26 – March 14 unless otherwise stated)
The festival’s flagship event, Etisalat Beach Canteen, will return to Jumeirah Beach behind Sunset Mall, and showcase some of Dubai’s best food concepts. The pop-up event will also feature entertainment and a dedicated family area.
Dubai Restaurant Week (March 5-14)
Dubai Restaurant Week will see 35 of Dubai’s most in-demand restaurants come together for 10 days to offer diners carefully curated two-course lunch menus and three-course dinner menus. Prices will range, with lunch prices starting from AED75, and dinner from AED150.
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.
After the 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.For all the latest gourmet news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.