Food Festival kicks of with huge event, February 21-22
The first major event taking place during the festival, the Carnival will be held on Friday and Saturday this weekend at Dubai Festival City. Whatever your gastronomic leanings, there’s absolutely loads to do. Those with a competitive streak can get involved with a spicy chicken wings-eating competition (you’ll need to sign a waiver) or the country vs country Great Yalla BBQ (with Dhs10,000-worth of Weber barbecue gear up for grabs). Celebrity chef Silvena Rowe will also be cooking an exclusive Taste of Organic Arabia three-course meal during the event – there are three slots per day for the menu (priced at Dhs225 per person) but seating is limited.
If you’re keen to get sampling and shopping, outlets such as Hakkasan, Chez Sushi, 800 Pizza and Mandilicious will all be serving up their own unique cuisine, while a number of stands will be selling produce not available anywhere else in the city.
Throughout the weekend, entertainment will be provided in the form of sumo wrestling, a capoeira mob, a mixology masterclass and comedy gigs from Emirati Ali Al Sayed and American-Palestinian-Sicilian Dean Obeidallah. Finally, visitors will be able to see some of the masters in action, as MasterChef UK’s John Torode, Sanjeev Kapoor and Tarek Ibrahim – among others – demonstrate their knowledge of food. For the full schedule, visit the Dubai Food Carnival website. Dhs60 general admission. Open daily 10am-11pm. www.dubaifoodcarnival.com.