The 5th festival of food offers more chefs and dishes
Time Out Dubai staff
It’s back and it’s bigger than ever. Yes, that’s right: Taste of Dubai, the local foodies’ favourite festival, is back in Media City (Thursday March 15 to Saturday March 17) for its fifth year. To celebrate half a decade of food and fun in the sun, there are 29 chefs (with a sky-full of Michelin Stars between them), 26 restaurants serving up bite-size samples of their dishes (average cost Dhs20), and two bands to provide the soundtrack for the weekend. The event, part of the global ‘Taste’ food festivals already in London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam, has become a favourite for residents thanks to the rich roster of internationally acclaimed chefs and local culinary talents who descend on the city for a weekend of live cooking demonstrations and hands-on entertainment.
Details! Taste of Dubai takes place in Dubai Media City on Thursday March 15 (3pm-midnight), Friday March 16 (noon-midnight), and Saturday March 17 (noon-11pm). Alcohol will be served 3pm-11.30pm (Thu), 2pm-11.30pm (Fri), noon-10.30pm (Sat). Tickets cost Dhs60 in advance, Dhs75 on the door, and children under 12 are free. VIP tickets cost Dhs200 in advance and Dhs220 on the door and offer fast-track entry, access to VIP enclosure, two free drinks at the VIP bar, three free dishes from the stands, entry into the prize draw and an event guide. Buy tickets at www.timeouttickets.com.
Armani/Peck Cuisine: Italian What to expect: Divine cheeses and meats as well as classic pasta and risoto dishes.
Gaucho Cuisine: Argentinean What to expect: Perfectly prepared Argentinean cuts from this slick steakhouse.
Indego by Vineet Cuisine: Contemporary Indian What to expect: Artfully crafted modern takes on Indian dishes from this Grosvenor House stalwart.
Mango Tree Cuisine: Thai What to expect: The beautiful Souk Al Bahar restaurant offers Thai fare, from green curry to pad Thai.
Nobu Cuisine: Japanese-Peruvian fusion What to expect: From sashimi to ceviche, Nobu’s servings never fail to delight.
Rhodes Mezzanine Cuisine: British What to expect: This favourite brings award-winning offerings such as braised beef and duck dishes to Taste.
Rivington Grill Cuisine: British What to expect: Hearty gastro-pub fare, from traditional pies to desserts to die for.
Siddharta Lounge Cuisine: Asian-Mediterranean fusion What to expect: Light, dainty, delicious sharing dishes.
The Ivy Cuisine: British What to expect: Lovingly prepared traditional British servings made from the freshest ingredients.
Toro Toro Cuisine: Latin American What to expect: Artfully constructed Latin American dishes, from empanadas to turkey ham croquettes.
Other Attractions Great bands and distractions for the little ones
Kids’ Zone If you’re too full to entertain your brood, Taste of Dubai provides a fun kids’ corner with bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting and more.
Music Live entertainment will be provided from 3pm on Thursday and noon on Friday and Saturday, courtesy of Brit-Canadian outfit Maplejacks who play innovative, rousing covers of rock classics; talented South African five-piece Vibrancy, who’ll provide a soulful rhythm to proceedings; and Blue Light, who play ‘nostalgic rock and roll for every occasion’.