Dubai Food Festival partners with literature and photo festivals to bring international food writing and photography experts to Dubai
- Chef Greg Malouf joins line-up of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to discuss the art of food writing
- Food blogger and photographer Matt Armendariz to host seminars and workshops at GPP 2014
Dubai UAE, 5 February 2014: Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) today announced that two of the city’s most popular creative arts events will join the Dubai Food Festival, with explorations into the art of food writing and photography. The collaborations with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Gulf Photo Plus’ annual photography festival, GPP2014, bring internationally renowned Chef Greg Malouf and food photographer and blogger Matt Armendariz to the inaugural 23-day Dubai Food Festival – adding to its burgeoning line-up of events and further promoting Dubai’s emergence as a global gastronomic destination.
Chef and author Greg Malouf will join the line-up of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, appearing at three events that showcase his new style of ‘Modern Middle Eastern’ cooking as he also delves into the art of food writing.
- At the ‘Friday Literary Lunch’ (7th March 13:00, ‘Terra Firma’ restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel, Festival City), attendees will enjoy sampling Chef Malouf’s culinary creations as Greg and his co-author, Lucy Malouf, discuss the origins of the cuisine. The pair will also recount the colourful travel tales that have served as the inspiration for their exotic cookery books, including their latest ‘Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food’ and others such as ‘Turquoise: A Chef’s Travels in Turkey’; ‘Saha: A Chef’s Journey Through Lebanon and Syria’; and ‘Moorish: Flavours from Mecca to Marrakech’.
- Following the lunch, Greg and Lucy Malouf will head up an informative and interactive session discussing Dubai’s restaurant and culinary culture (7th March 18.30 at the InterContinental Hotel, Festival City). The former chef at Melbourne Australia’s MoMo restaurant will discuss his journey in the lead up to the opening of his new Dubai restaurant, as well as give insight into what specific flavours mark the Emirate’s restaurant culture.
- On the following day, Greg will join a group of other high profile chefs and food writers for The Foodie Panel (8th March, 11.30-12.30, Intercontinental Hotel, Festival City), which looks at how and why food became such a popular subject of television shows. Joining Greg on the panel, will be Tessa Kiros, author of a range of cookery books including ‘Lemoncello and Linen Water’; Prue Leith, restaurateur and author of twelve cookbooks including ‘Leith’s Cookery Bible’; Arlette Boutros, distinguished typographer, interior designer and writer of highly acclaimed cooking book ‘Enjoy’; and William Sitwell, award-winning editor, broadcaster and author of ‘A History of Food in 100 Recipes’.
From the art of writing about food to the art of food photography, the Dubai Food Festival is also partnering with the 10th edition of the Gulf Photo Plus annual photography festival, GPP2014 (7th to 14th March, Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre). Through the partnership, Dubai Food Festival is bringing expert food photographer and blogger Matt Armendariz of www.mattbites.com, to both GPP2014 and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature for a ‘Great Writing and Food Photography For Bloggers’ workshop (7th March, 18.00). Joining the festival’s line up, Matt will share invaluable advice for aspiring food bloggers and writers based on his 18 years’ experience within the food industry. This event will be free to attend but online registration is required.
As part of GPP2014, Matt will also:
- Hold a seminar entitled ‘How to Make Delicious Food Photos With Your Smartphone’ (7th March, 11.30 – 13.00), during which he will share his insights, tricks and secrets for taking great photos with nothing more than a phone.
- Host a two-day ‘Food Photography, in-Depth’ workshop (9th and 10th March, 09.00-17.00) during which photography enthusiasts and professionals will learn all the techniques of lighting, props, food styling and retouching in order to take mouthwatering images.
Her Excellency Laila Mohammed Suhail Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, commented: “We are delighted to bring Matt Armendariz and Greg and Lucy Malouf to Dubai for these prestigious events during the inaugural Dubai Food Festival. Their involvements add a new dimension of culinary talking points to the festival’s full line-up of events while also adding to the experiences of the attendees of both GPP2014 and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
“As Dubai’s profile as a regional and international arts and media hub continues to grow, so too do its culinary credentials. These collaborations bring the worlds of literature and photography together with the culinary arts in a way that is truly exciting while also highlighting Dubai’s diverse and vibrant dining scene in a way that has never been done before.”
Also joining the Dubai Food Festival on 3rd March, as a preview to GPP2014, food stylist Fiona Archibold will lead a 90-minute ‘Food Styling Seminar’, during which she will discuss the role of the food stylist in creating stunning food photography. Similar to Matt Armendariz’s workshop, Fiona will share her secrets, tips and tricks to make ordinary food dishes look sumptuous and delicious with a variety of tools and techniques. (3rd March, 19.00 – 20.30, Gulf Photo Plus Office, Alserkal Avenue).
- Tickets for GPP2014 can be purchased http://gulfphotoplus.com/gpp/2014
- The seminar on food styling is free of charge and open to all, for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gulfphotoplus.com.
· Tickets for the 2014 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature are available at WHSmith outlets in Dubai Mall (lower-ground level), Oasis Centre Mall, Marina Mall and Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi or online at www.emirateslitfest.com
About Dubai Food Festival
Created for residents of Dubai and visitors to the Emirate, the Dubai Food Festival spans 23 days starting on 21 February and running until 15 March 2014. Created to celebrate and enhance Dubai’s position as the gastronomy capital of the region, the city-wide festival includes a number of events, entertainment and attractions, including Taste of Dubai, Gulfood and the inaugural editions of the Dubai Food Carnival and The Big Grill. Dubai Food Festival will also feature a wide range of food-related activities, tastings, offers and events, showcasing the Emirate’s diverse food offering, from Michelin-starred chefs to Emirati dishes and street food, drawn from the cuisines of more than 200 nationalities who live in Dubai.
About Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE)
As the pioneer organizer of events and festivals, DFRE is responsible for positioning Dubai as a world-class shopping and tourism destination. Each year it works with its retail and leisure partners to organise the internationally renowned Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises, as well as oversee annual events such as Ramadan in Dubai, Eid in Dubai and Modhesh World, plus the new Dubai Food Festival. DFRE is an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
About Gulf Photo Plus
Gulf Photo Plus is an organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of photography through education, exhibitions, events. Gulf Photo Plus has garnered a reputation as the leader in photography events, with the annual GPP Photo Festival every March that hosts 15 top international photographers & instructors who come to Dubai to teach & inspire photography fans of all levels and from 37 different countries. This event is a highly anticipated post in the calendars of photographers around the world.
For more information about the exhibition and Gulf Photo Plus activities please visit
Gulf Photo Plus is open from 10am to 7pm from Sunday – Thursday, open 10am – 6pm on Saturdays.
About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.
The Festival has become an eagerly anticipated annual event and in 2013 welcomed more than 120 writers, thinkers and speakers from 30 countries. More than 30,000 visitors attended the Festival which had over 200 one-off sessions and unique events to be experienced and enjoyed in a programme designed for wide appeal, with something to suit every taste.
The 2014 Festival will be held March 4-8, 2014 at The Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.
The Festival is now part of the Emirates Literature Foundation, which was established last year by Royal decree.
The LitFest also hosts a regular series of literary events during the winter months (October-April) at its home – Dar Al Adaab (House of Literature) in Al Fahidi Historic Area under the banner The Open Door Series presented by Costa Coffee.
For all information and updates about the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature visit the website: www.emirateslitfest.com.