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Omar Allibhoy at Taste of Spain, Thai New Year and more in Dubai

April is hotting up to be a month of food festivals celebrated in this emirate, but coming from all corners of the globe. Each April, Dubai eatery Seville’s marks the ‘Feria de Abril’, an annual celebration of Flamenco that takes place in the Spanish city from which this restaurant takes its name. This year it will reach Seville’s in Dubai on Thursday April 21 to Saturday 25, featuring dancers flown in especially from Spain.

And there’s more Spanish talent flying in to Dubai this month. Jones the Grocer will be promoting the country’s cooking with ‘Taste of Spain’, running from Monday April 13 to Sunday 26, with Spanish specials appearing on the menu during this period. London-based, Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy will be visiting Jones the Grocer in Dubai on Wednesday April 22. Having previously worked in the restaurants of renowned chefs Ferran Adrià and Jason Atherton, Omar has become a regular on UK cooking shows. During the day, he will be holding a cooking masterclass, looking at different Spanish recipes, including paella Valenciana and crema Catalana. As well as learning how to make these dishes, participants will also receive a signed copy of Omar’s book Tapas Revolution.

The Thais are also gearing up for an annual festival this month, and Dubai’s Thai restaurants will be joining in with the party. Songkran is Thailand’s annual New Year’s celebration, also known as the ‘water festival’. Recently crowned Best Thai Restaurant in Dubai at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards (for the second year running) Tong Thai will mark Songkran from Thursday April 9 to Sunday 19, with a street food-inspired spree of live cooking stations. Tong Thai will also be holding performances of traditional Songkran water rituals. Or, celebrate at Sukhothai from Friday April 10 to Saturday 18. The restaurant will be offering a special selection of unlimited food and beverages, for lunch and dinner throughout this period.

Germany is also inspiring Dubai to party this month, with the annual Maifest at Grand Hyatt Dubai kicking off from Wednesday April 29 until Saturday May 9. This Bavarian-themed event takes place in an AC controlled tent, where you’ll find traditional German food, beverages and live music from Munich band Die Kirchdorfer.

Finally, brand-new dining from France will be winging its way to Dubai this spring. Famed in Paris, La Cantine du Faubourg mixes modern dining with an artistic focus, through the regular exhibition of contemporary art installations. Launching at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, this concept promises a multi-sensory dining and art gallery experience, showcasing the works of photographers, painters, sculptors and multimedia artists. The 1,300 sqm venue in Dubai will have a ‘salon’ dining space, a garden terrace, bar and a pergola.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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