Dubai Food Festival teams up with local food experts to lift lid on the Emirate’s top culinary treasures
Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail launched today
- Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail Guides map over 100 of Dubai’s top restaurants, bistros, bakeries, canteens and cafes
- Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail showcases selection of best Arabic, world, 5-star, low-cost and secret dining experiences available in Dubai.
Dubai UAE, 25 February 2014: Following a successful first week of the inaugural Dubai Food Festival, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), today announced the launch of the very first Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail. Launched this week on the Dubai Food Festival website, the DFF Gourmet Trail maps over 100 of Dubai’s top restaurants, highlighting the Emirate’s culinary diversity, as it showcases some of the most unique and best Arabic, world, 5-star, low-cost and secret dining experiences available in Dubai.
The Trail is the result of a partnership with the who’s who of the Emirate’s vibrant food blogging community and Dubai Food Festival. The DFF Gourmet Trail “Guides” include well-known food bloggers Shaikha Al Ali of When Shaikha Cooks, Sam Wood of FooDiva, Sarah Walton of The Hedonista, Tala Soubra of Fork it Over Dubai, Saba Wahid of Culinary Delights, and Karen McLean of Secret Squirrel Food.
Speaking about the launch of the Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail, Sally Edwards, Director of Dubai Calendar at Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, said: “The Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail truly demonstrates the diversity and vibrancy of Dubai’s gastronomic credentials. It is a small yet outstanding sampling of the over 5300 restaurants, bistros, canteens and cafés that operate in the Emirate and we are excited, through our partnership with these Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail Guides, to share these insights with both residents and visitors alike. It gives both residents and visitors the opportunity to step out of their culinary comfort zones and try something that may have otherwise been overlooked.”
Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail Guide, Shaikha Al Ali, of popular food blog When Shaikha Cooks, said that The Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail highlights what her, and many of her fellow Guides have seen develop for years: “Being from Dubai, I have seen first-hand how Dubai’s culinary scene has grown and evolved. There is a wealth of choice here in Dubai, from local Emirati cuisine to foods from almost any country you can think of, and successful homegrown brands such as Tom and Serg sit in and amongst international outlets like The Cheesecake Factory. The Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail brings together the city’s ultimate eateries, but also those hidden gems that truly deserve to be front of mind for both residents and visitors.”
The Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail maps out the city’s best offerings across five key categories:
· Ultimate Dining Experiences, which includes gourmet or 5-star dining outlets offering diners luxury cuisine from the likes of La Petite Maison, Zuma and Pier Chic;
· Arabian Inspirations, to highlight the very best outlets offering Emirati, GCC and Levant cuisine from eateries including Qbara, Mezza House and Al Nafoorah;
· Around The World, to showcase the best cuisine from around the globe available here in Dubai with outlets on the Trail including Toro Toro, Rivington Bar and Grill and Mekong;
· Best Cheap Eats, to highlight eateries offering the best food or snacks for under 20 AED per person from restaurants and cafes including the Curry House, Just Falafel and Taqado Mexican Kitchen; and
· Best Kept Secrets, which includes those little-known eateries and restaurants that are the true hidden gems of Dubai. Look out for The Farm, Seaview and Bait Al Wakeel.
James Worthington, General Manager at Rivington Bar and Grill commented: “The Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail has been a long time coming and we’re so excited to appear as part of the Around the World Trail. Our offering is traditionally British but we are lucky to live in a culinary hub where residents and visitors can dine on the very best of British one day, and delicious Thai or Emirati food the next - and the Gourmet Trail brings this opportunity to life.”
Edwards added: “With more than 100 restaurants featured on the very first Dubai Food Festival Gourmet Trail, there is something to tempt all tastes and budgets. We look forward to residents and visitors alike embarking upon their own culinary journey’s using the knowledge of our Gourmet Trail Guides to taste the very best that our city has to offer.”
Following an opening four days that has seen the Dubai Food Carnival, Grand Kerala Festival and Gulfood attract thousands including the Gourmet Trail Guides, the inaugural Dubai Food Festival continues with a multitude of foodie events kicking off this week and continuing throughout March. Among the highlights for the rest of the month are the remainder of Gulfood, which runs until 27 February; the Dubai Food Festival Beach Canteen, 27 February – 8 March at three Dubai beaches including Jumeirah 1 Open Beach, Kite Beach and Sunset Beach; the Big Grill on 28 February and the Taste of Peru, 26 February – 1 March.
Next month will also see the very first DFF team up with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to explore the art of food writing, and Gulf Photo Plus, which will respectively welcome internationally renowned chef, Greg Malouf, and food photographer and blogger Matt Armendariz to the city to further promote Dubai’s position as a global gastronomic destination. Closing the bill will be the seventh annual Taste of Dubai, which will be headlined by celebrity and award-winning chefs, Eric Lanlard and Jean Christophe Novelli.
The Dubai Food Festival continues until 15 March 2014.
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 March 15 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.