In a city that is a foodie’s dream all year round, the news of Dubai Food Festival returning next month is sure to whet the appetites of people across the emirate.
From February Thursday 23, Dubai will play host to a 17-day programme of events including appearances from celebrity chefs, pop-up restaurants, dining deals and competitions.
Not all of the details have been released as yet, but we do know that highlights will include Etisalat Beach Canteen, Miele Dubai Restaurant Week and a competition called Dine & Win where entrants could land a new apartment. There’s also the Dubai Hidden Gems campaign, which invites people to vote for their favourite unsung hero of the city’s culinary scene (voting is open until Tuesday January 24, visit www.dubaihiddengems.com).
Etisalat Beach Canteen will now set up shop at Sunset Beach off Jumeirah Beach Road and will serve side orders of live entertainment, fitness sessions and family activities alongside the main course of cooking masterclasses and food trucks. It will also be the base for the whole festival and the place to find out about the full schedule and where to get tickets for all of the events.
Miele Dubai Restaurant Week will run from Friday February 24 to Saturday March 4 and offers the chance to eat at 15 of the city’s top venues for Dhs199 per person. The fixed price gets you a three-course meal at places including Marina Social, Social by Heinz Beck and Rhodes W1. For full details visit www.roundmenu.com/dubairestaurantweek.
Dine & Win takes place at more than 1,000 restaurants across the city. Spending more than Dhs30 gets you an entry card that offers on-the-spot prizes and entry to a draw to win a studio apartment.
Thu Feb 23 to Sat Mar 11. Various locations across Dubai. www.dubaifoodfestival.com.