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Exploring Dubai Food Festival 2024

Dubai, renowned for its towering skyscrapers, luxurious lifestyle, and vibrant cultural tapestry, has firmly established itself as a culinary hotspot. From savouring traditional Emirati delicacies with rich spices to exploring vibrant street food markets offering exotic Southeast Asian flavours, the city’s gastronomic scene is a delightful fusion of cultures and tastes.

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One of the most anticipated events on Dubai’s culinary calendar, the Dubai Food Festival (DFF), kicked off in grand style. Organised by Dubai’s Festivals and Retail Establishment, this gastronomic extravaganza promised two and a half weeks of culinary delights, running from April 19 to May 12. For those who haven’t yet embarked on this culinary adventure and are eager to participate, the DFF continues to offer a plethora of experiences catering to all tastes and preferences. Here are some highlights to whet your appetite:

Running from April 26 to May 12, Dubai Restaurant Week invited guests to indulge in specially curated set menus at 50 of the city’s best restaurants. With prices starting at AED 125 for a two-course lunch and AED 250 for a three-course dinner, diners could sample exquisite culinary creations at renowned establishments like Al Khaima, BOCA, and Hoi An.

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Then, returning from April 19 to May 5, the Beach Canteen was a beloved dining pop-up located behind Sunset Mall at Jumeirah Beach. Offering diverse dining concepts, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities, this outdoor carnival promised 17 days of non-stop food, fun, and fiesta.

If you’re looking to sample Dubai’s culinary delights without breaking the bank, the 10 Dirham Dish is not to be missed. Featuring more than 50 of the city’s favourite eateries, each offering a signature dish for just AED 10, it’s a budget-friendly way to experience the city’s diverse food scene.

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From April 25 to 27, twelve of Dubai’s most acclaimed chefs came together for Gault & Millau’s Culinary Innovators event. Held at ICD Brookfield Place’s The Space, this three-night pop-up featured an 11-course roaming tasting menu, showcasing the culinary talents of chefs like Grégoire Berger, Himanshu Saini, and Kelvin Cheung.

In addition to these epicurean experiences, the Dubai Food Festival also featured events such as Taste of Dubai, Dine and Win, Limited Coffee Edition, and Cheese Festival. By bringing together food enthusiasts, chefs, and restaurateurs, the festival celebrated flavours, innovative dishes, and cultural experiences, making it a must-attend event for anyone passionate about gastronomy.

As Dubai continues to dazzle with its culinary diversity, the Dubai Food Festival stands as a testament to the city’s vibrant food culture and its commitment to providing unforgettable dining experiences for residents and visitors alike. With each edition, the festival reinforces Dubai’s reputation as a global culinary destination, enticing food lovers from around the world to explore its culinary treasures and indulge in a gastronomic adventure like no other.

Zara Flavia Dmello


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