Dubai Food Festival Beach Canteen

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We’re just over half way through the first ever Dubai Food Festival, but there is still some news to share with you. As part of the food-focussed festivities you can head to one of three Dubai beaches (Kite, Sunset and Jumeirah 1 Open Beach) and dine in a selection of pop-up restaurants and coffee shops. The Beach Canteen, as this is called, is hosted in cargo containers and includes venues such as Roti Mum Café, Hadoota Masreya, Loca and Saladicious.

At Kite Beach, you’ll also find DJs, graffiti art, table tennis, and even free yoga sessions. From the beach to the Burj Al Arab: towards the end of the festival, the luxury property is due to host a special dinner located on the helicopter pad at the top of the hotel, 212 metres above sea level. Taking place on Thursday March 13, unsurprisingly, the price to join in this exclusive event (for only 12 guests) is pretty sky high too, at Dhs10,000 per person. However, all proceeds from the dinner will go to the United Nations World Food Programme, and is anticipated to raise enough funds to feed 120,000 children for a day.

It’s all action at Pier 7, the dining off-shoot next to Dubai Marina Mall, right now too. A host of new restaurant openings in the complex include Cargo, Fumé and Atelier M. Cargo is a new Asian dining concept, inspired by vintage Hong Kong of the 1960s, with an emphasis on street food culture. Sharing dishes from the menu include chilli and garlic edamame, teriyaki-glazed cod and smoked duck Pad Thai.

Atelier M, on the other hand, is serving contemporary French cuisine (with a few Asian twists), in a huge Art Deco-inspired restaurant and lounge bar, which spans the upper three levels of Pier 7, complete with a rooftop garden. Dishes created by chef Mohammad Islam include white asparagus, poached hen’s egg, herb salad and sour cherry compote or yellowfin tuna with jicama, coriander, ponzu, chilli and crispy shallots. Meanwhile, Fumé, also in Pier 7, is due to open this month, with an international menu, featuring several smoking techniques, hence the name!

Yet another new opening to check out is Lebanese eatery Fern w Fekhar, which means ‘oven and claypot’, located in Mirdif Uptown Mall. It serves rustic Arabic cooking such as Umm Ali, manakish, machboos and fateh dejaaj.

Uniquely, all dishes are served in hand-made claypots made by an Indian organisation that helps to provide education, training and opportunities for women, And, diners are apparently welcome to take the pots home with them!

Finally, we leave you with the news that Mama Tani Café is celebrating its first birthday on Monday March 10. Visit on this day and they will treat you to some free tasters.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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