Dubai loves a food festival. We’ve just had the International Fine Food Festival and the International Coffee and Tea Festival taking place in the same week (in case you’re already looking forward to the next edition, there are more on the horizon). Kicking off next month, on Thursday December 6, is the three-day Dubai Christmas Festival, the festive edition of Taste of Dubai. Taking place at the Media City Amphitheatre, this al-fresco event will also involve entertainment in the form of comedy and musical acts.
Looking ahead, the new year welcomes the Luxury Cake and Chocolate Conference, taking place on Tuesday January 22. It’s more a trade event, but one that aims to ‘evaluate the role of cakes and chocolate in gratifying health and luxury’. Now they’re the kind of analytics we’re into.
With the World Health Organisation’s global Diabetes Awareness Day taking place on Wednesday November 14, perhaps it’s a little mean to tempt you with statistics on ganache and buttercream icing. So we’re also sharing news that Carluccio’s, Mango Tree, Wild Ginger, Ushan and Zafran are about to launch separate diabetic-friendly menus, alongside their permanent menus. Abu Dhabi-based bakery Blossom Sweets is also unveiling a selection of low-sugar, healthy treats on sale throughout November, which are available for delivery to Dubai on large orders. Look out for more on diabetic-friendly dining next week.
Dubai is introducing other new ways to dine. Afternoon tea – that most English of pastimes – is getting an Asian-inspired makeover at Vôi. The fine-dining Vietnamese venue at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray has launched a fusion tea, which offers items such as house-cured duck sandwiches, cinnamon and star anise scones, lemongrass crème brûlée, green sticky rice pudding and coconut sago with crushed raspberries. As you’d hope for an oriental event, there is also a fairly extensive selection of premium leaf teas, including white tea and blooming flower varieties from China, such as mu dan tea rose and jasmine pagoda. Rounding off the entertainment will be a live violinist.
Pachanga is also introducing something new and innovative to its menu. This time, however, it isn’t something edible, but the method of payment: the venue is following in the footsteps of UK band Radiohead, who sold their album online in a ‘pay-what-you-want’ pricing model. For one night only, on Monday November 12, the restaurant is introducing a similar payment scheme for its dinner guests. Visitors can pay whatever they feel the food is worth, on a special sharing menu of Pachanga’s signature dishes. The venue plans to repeat the event on a quarterly basis.
Until next week, bon appétit!