Food Festival invades Dubai’s malls

Have you seen the kooky shenanigans going down the city’s shopping complexes?

The Dubai Food Festival has proved it’s about far more than food, marching firmly out of the kitchens... and into the emirates’ shopping malls.

Since kicking off in late February, the huge culinary extravaganza has already seen pizza spinning acrobats invade Mirdif City Centre and jazzy bluesmen serenading shopper at Deira City Centre – as well, of course, of a fair smattering of culinary samplings.

Now the ante is firmly being upped, with festivities on their way to Mall of the Emirates, as well as a new wave of attractions at Mirdif and Deira City Centre. Look out for the following events:

The Singing Classic Waitress Comic: A 20-minute cabaret act from the UK featuring a female three-part vocal harmony group, performing songs from a vast range of eras, from the swinging classics of the Andrews Sisters, to the modern and funky beats of Girls Aloud!

• Date: March 5th – March 11th, 2014

• Venue: Deira City Centre - East Court Slab, Level 2

• Timings: 4:30pm, 7:00pm and 8:30pm

Kids’ Corner: A themed zone within the mall conducting various activities for children aged four to 11, teaching children the food pyramid, healthy eating habits through fun and practical games as well as creative activities. Classes and demos include art and crafts, healthy food and habits, food design, creative menu and sandwiches, and a comic act.

• Date: March 9th – March 11th, 2014

• Venue: Deira City Centre - East Court Slab, Level 2

• Timings: 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm

Food Flash Mob: Participants in chef’s attire will form a symphony of acts in a random manner. Dancers acting as chefs and servers will come from behind the food counters and begin a routine, all at the amazement of the mall visitors. A 10-minute show will be taking place at two venues within the mall – food court next to Magic Planet and food court next to Centre Point.

• Date: March 7th – March 13th, 2014

• Venue: Mall of the Emirates

• Schedule:

 Food Court next to Magic Planet - 4:30pm

 Food Court next to Centre Point - 5:30pm

 Food Court next to Magic Planet - 7:30pm

 Food Court next to Centre Point - 8:30pm

The Aerial Show: A 20-min act that gives a new dimension to the environment in the food court. Ten aerial artists will sway, swirl and jump up in the air to the beats of the musical score to keep diners entertained while enjoying delectable food offerings from various outlets.

• Date: March 9th – March 15th, 2014

• Venue: Mirdif City Centre - North Food Court

• Time: 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Jazz Musicians: A musical ensemble of two musicians will serenade customers during peak lunch and dinner hours over the weekend, creating a festive ambience and providing diners jazzy blues in the background.

• Date: Ongoing until March 15th, 2014

• Venue: Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre

• Timings: 2:00pm – 10:00pm

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