Dubai Food Festival announces line-up for Made in Dubai, 27 – 28 February
Closing event of Festival will celebrate Emirati cuisine and culture
Dubai UAE, 9 February 2015: The diverse and delicious 2015 edition of the Dubai Food Festival launched on Friday as the ever-popular Beach Canteen opened the doors to 11 homegrown restaurants on Kite Beach, with Saudi Arabian Super Chef Yousef Khumayes cooking up a weekend of treats. The Emirate’s much-loved weekly farmer’s market, Ripe Food & Craft Market also launched its new Deli Section and the maiden voyage of the Festival’s Food Truck Convoy took place, with a fleet of trucks visiting Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard on Sunday. With the Festival under way, organisers revealed details about the closing event, the new-for-2015 Made In Dubai, which will celebrate Emirati hospitality and cuisine over the course of the weekend of the 27 and 28 February.
Following 21 days of foodie-inspired fun, the free-to-attend Made In Dubai will see Emirati tradition come alive, with authentic local cuisine, appearances from the city’s very own chefs and culinary celebrities and Emirati-inspired performance, fashion and film on offer. Taking place at Zabeel Park between 10am – 9pm on 27 and 28 February, the event will celebrate the 96 dishes synonymous with local cuisine, including Luqaimat and Machbous. Emirati chef and blogger Shaikha Al Ali will also be on hand to showcase traditional dishes as part of an interactive cookery masterclass.
Speaking of the event, Her Excellency Laila Mohammed Suhail, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, organiser of the Dubai Food Festival, said: “To experience Dubai is to experience its food. As a city home to more than 200 nationalities and 5,000 eateries, Dubai’s residents and visitors can eat their way around the world in our Emirate. This year’s Dubai Food Festival is set to celebrate this eclectic offering, and as part of this we are delighted to be showcasing the vibrant and rich culture of the UAE. Emirati cuisine will feature in events and pop-ups throughout the Festival and over the final weekend, the Made In Dubai event will provide a special focus and honour the flavour of Dubai.”
The first day of the inaugural Made in Dubai will also play host to a Junior Chef Cooking Challenge, supported by the School of Culinary and Finishing Arts, Scafa. Continuing throughout the two days, the young victor will be announced after six grueling rounds at 6pm on Saturday 28th. Guests can also look forward to a number of Emirati films, including a screening of Middle Eastern comedy, The President’s Chef, as part of the Dubai Food Festival’s Food & Film season. Emirati singer/songwriter Hamdan Al Abri and Dubai’s first local professional comedian Ali Al Sayed also join the tasty line-up, as well as THE MAZE series – four extensive panel discussions looking at the styles and future of Emirati fashion, as supported by Dubai Design District.
Local motorcyclists, the Emirates Riders, will also commence a one-off morning ride on 27 February from the event’s location at Zabeel Park, before circling the city and returning to the venue, ahead of doors opening to the public at 10am. A small 5AED charge applies to enter Zabeel Park.
The first weekend of the Dubai Food Festival 2015 has set the precedent for the remainder of the 23-day culinary extravaganza. In the following week, Dubai’s residents and visitors can look forward to foodie-inspired movies as part of the Festival’s Food & Film season, Mystery Dining Tours will take place across the city and the popular Dubai Food Carnival will return. Similarly, Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food, beverage and hospitality trade show, will arrive at the Dubai World Trade Centre until 12 February. The Festival’s Food Truck Convoy is also well underway, which will continue to supply key business districts with street food fare on weekdays throughout the Festival – with the trucks situated at Academic City today, before moving onto JLT Park tomorrow.
The Dubai Food Festival’s ‘Journey across Dubai’s food scene’ video and a selection of Dubai Food Festival images are available for download at THIS LINK. The Dubai Food Festival runs from 6 – 28 February 2015. All Dubai Food Festival ticketing, timing and programming information can be viewed on the Dubai Food Festival website at www.dubaifoodfestival.com.
Key Festival Dates and Venues
- Beach Canteen, 6 – 28 February, Kite Beach, Jumeirah
- Ripe Food & Craft Market – Deli Section Launch, 6 February, Zabeel Park
- Food & Film, 8 – 28 February, Various outdoor locations throughout the city
- Food Truck Convoy, 8 – 12 February, 15 – 19 February, 22 – 26 February – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Academic City, JLT Park, Knowledge Village, Studio City
- Gulfood, 8 – 12 February, Dubai World Trade Center
- Mystery Dining Tours, 9, 14, 17, 18, 23 February, Various locations
- Dine On The Creek, 10, 18 and 23 February, Dubai Creek
- Dubai Food Carnival, 12 – 14 February, Dubai International Marine Club
- Taste of Peru, 12 – 14 February, Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre
- Street Food Photography Exhibition, Dates throughout February, Dubai Airport
- Global Restaurant Investment Forum, 16 – 18 February, Conrad Dubai
- 2015 Middle East Food & Travel Blogger Conference, 20 February, A4 Space and Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue
- Fatafeat Kitchen, 20 – 21 February, Lafayette Gourmet, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall
- Street Nights, 20 – 21 February, Street 4B, Al Quoz
- Masala! Food Fair, 20 – 21 February, Zabeel Park
- What’s On Black Hat Guide Launch, 22 February, Cargo – Pier 7
- Made In Dubai, 27 – 28 February, Zabeel Park
- Urban Farm, 28 February – Creekside, Bur Dubai
About Dubai Food Festival
Dubai Food Festival is a citywide culinary celebration that showcases the Emirate’s emergence as a gastronomy destination through a 23-day programme of food-related consumer and trade events, activities, promotions and appearances by food celebrities. The Festival promotes the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offering – from five-star gourmet dining to everyday restaurants and cafés for all budgets; international brands to a burgeoning scene of home-grown concepts influenced by traditional Emirati cuisine and the flavours of the 200 nationalities that live in Dubai.
Dubai Food Festival is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM); and is part of a broader strategy to develop a year-round programme of citywide festivals that acts as a major contributor to the ongoing growth of the tourism and retail sectors.
The Dubai Food Festival also has a Flavour Matching App; a deliciously addictive matching game to test players’ culinary memory and reflexes. The App is live on the Dubai Food Festival 2015 Facebook Page from 1 – 15 February 2015. Huge prizes are on offer, including an iPhone 6, iPod Nano, and three tickets to Dine On The Creek.
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