Dubai Food Festival has confirmed the whole host of events for next year's two-week feast, including a number of newbies.
Joining the roster will be the first ever Dubai Restaurant Week, offering residents the chance to sample a three-course meal at 30 of the city's best venues for just Dhs189. Among those featuring on the list are: Ashiana by Vineet, Bread Street Kitchen, Café Belge, JW’s Steakhouse, Mint Leaf of London, Okku, Pai Thai, Qbara, Rang Mahal, Rivington Grill, Social By Heinz Beck, The Croft, The Hide, The Ivy and Yuan.
Also new to the festival is a celebration of Dubai's hidden gems, as recommended by the public. Organisers say the campaign to uncover these 'unsung heroes' will have incentives, including a competition prize.
The Dubai Food Festival, which will run from February 25 to March 12 will also create a Festival Hub on the site of the enormously popular Beach Canteen. Packed with home-grown foodie concepts, the prime seaside spot will also have local bands, DJs and sports for all the family.
According to official information released today, 'other highlights of the 2016 Dubai Food Festival will include: the Arabic favourite Fatafeat Kitchen featuring demonstrations from celebrity chefs in Galleries Lafayette, Street Nights, the star-studded Taste of Dubai, the family-favourite Kids Dine For Free promotion, and a range of signature restaurant-led events.
The whole 17-day event will come under the banner of 'A Taste Celebration'.
News of the festival comes after it was announced last week that 15 of the world's most popular food trucks would also be in town at the end of February.
The three-day event known as Eat The World DXB will take place from February 25-27 and is described by organisers as 'a hip, new street food-meets-entertainment concept'. It will take place at Burj Park, in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, and is expected to attract 20,000 people over the weekend.
As well as the international trucks, there will also be a celebrity chef theatre, an artisan food market, and some of Dubai's own leading meals on wheels.