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Freebie hunting and looking forward to Dubai's Bavarian blowout

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We go freebie hunting around Dubai’s national festivities, and look forward to next month’s Bavarian blowout.

We’ve said it before, and it’s time to say it again: it’s never long before another season of national festivities kicks off. Coming up this week and next, it’s the South Africans, Mexicans and Germans that will be celebrating.

Saturday April 27 is South Africa Freedom Day, marking the first democratic elections in the country after apartheid. Whether you hail from this land or not, we suggest you get yourself down to either The Meat Co or Tribes on Saturday – both venues will be giving away freebies for guests who get into the celebratory spirit. At Tribes, those wearing South Africa’s national colours, rugby or soccer shirts (or are brave enough to sing the South African national anthem) will be rewarded with a free mocktail. Diners at The Meat Co have a much easier challenge: those who wish the team a happy Freedom Day, in any language spoken in South Africa can claim a mocktail or mixed drink. Here’s a hint: we suspect you’re currently reading one of those languages, so we’re confident this is a challenge you can handle.

The Mexicans are at it too, with giveaways in honour of national days. Head to Taqado Mexican Kitchen on Tuesday April 30 to mark El Dia del Niño, when children aged twelve years and under can claim a free portion of churros. On Sunday May 5, aka Cinco de Mayo, the venue will give away free Mexican drinking chocolate, served hot or cold.

The Germans don’t want to be left out of the celebrations: next month Dubai celebrates Maifest, the German festival marking the arrival of spring (ironic considering temperatures here will be soaring). The Grand Hyatt Dubai will be joining the party by hosting its first ever Maifest from Wednesday May 1 until Saturday 11. Proceedings will kick off in an air-conditioned festival tent, where revellers can indulge in German classics such as currywurst (sausage with curry sauce), beef tartare and bienenstich (‘bee sting’ cake). To keep the party suitably Teutonic, there will also be German hops, a performance from Munich band Die Kirchdorfer, and serving staff dressed in lederhosen and dirndl.

Also joining in the Maifest party is Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, from Wednesday May 1 until Saturday 4, while German restaurant Brauhaus at the Jumeira Rotana will be serving authentic German beverages and food from Wednesday May 8 until Saturday 11, including a carving station and dessert section, plus German music.

And from Friday May 24 to Friday 31, The Kitchen at the Hyatt Regency will be holding a gourmet German food festival. Prepared by a German chef from Düsseldorf, we’re amused the menu is being described as ‘West German’, (come on guys, the wall’s been down for a while now). Either way, we’d be reunited for a plate of stewed beef and crispy potato cakes. Until next week, bon appétit!

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