Dining in the sun in Dubai

We eat al fresco then head inside at Okoberfest

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After the long, hot summer, we’re delighted by any news that indicates it’s almost over. Long gone are cravings for ice cream – finally it’s cool enough to dine outside, so we’re pleased to hear Le Méridien Village has reopened its outdoor terrace.

Also reopening is Ripe’s weekly farmers’ market, starting again on Saturday October 6. Selling locally grown produce that is organic where possible, this is a great alternative destination for gourmets to make their grocery shop. There are also arts and crafts on offer. However, note that the market has now moved to a new location at The Courtyard in Al Quoz before you head down.

This month we’re also looking forward to Oktoberfest, the annual festival from Bavaria in Germany that started in 1810. Unsurprisingly, the festival takes its name from the month, but surprisingly (and contrary to popular belief), the Munich festival actually starts in September – possibly just to confuse the tourists.

Dubai’s own versions of the festival take place this month, offering guests the chance to tuck into the much-maligned, but actually rather delightful staples of traditional Germany cooking. One of Dubai’s few German restaurants, Hofbräuhaus at the JW Marriott in Deira, will host Bavarian-themed evening brunches (as well as an à la carte menu) from now until Thursday October 13. Dishes to try include potato salad, beef goulash and veal dumplings, plus a selection of German sausages, fresh bread and pretzels. If you’re still hungry, you could even compete in the sausage-eating contest.

The Amwaj Rotana will also host evening buffets of German dishes this week, plus a daytime brunch on Saturday October 6 where you can munch to the sound of the Münchner Gaudiblosn band.

Starting next week on Wednesday October 10 and running until Saturday 27 is the Grand Hyatt’s Oktoberfest party, which takes place in an air-conditioned festival tent, as per the real thing. As well as traditional German drinks and food, such as weisswurst and apple strudel, the party will include live performances from Munich band Die Kirchdorfer. German designer Anna Würtemberger will also be presenting a catwalk show of dirndls (the traditional Bavarian dresses) made with fabrics sourced here in Dubai from venues such as the textile souk. Finally, the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach at JBR kicks off its Oktoberfest party on Thursday October 11, with another Bavarian buffet and band. If you make it to that lot, we warrant you’ll never be able to look at a hot dog again.

On a final fine-dining note, celebrity chef Yannick Alléno returns to the kitchen of STAY at One&Only The Palm this week to cook up a set menu of signature fine French dishes. Until next week, bon appétit – or should we say ‘guten appetit’?

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