Tennis ace Andy Murray serves up a treat for beach diners at the Dubai Food Festival
Former Wimbledon champion rounds off Festival’s sensational third week, as more moreish events and famous faces tempt city’s residents and visitors
Dubai UAE, 22 February 2015:Scottish tennis ace and world number four, Andy Murray, ensured Dubai residents made the most of their home advantage this weekend, as he arrived unannounced at the Beach Canteenon Saturday to serve up a feast of Emirati cuisine to Kite Beach diners. Concluding a jam-packed week of events including the world-first Fatafeat Live, the sporting legend’s surprise visit has set the tone for the Festival’s final and flavoursome week ahead.
Joining friend of the Festival and top celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, as well as Executive Chef of the Radisson BluDeira andPresident of the Emirates Culinary Guild, UweMicheel, Andy Murray offered up Emirati dishes alongside young chefs from the city as part of the Emirates Culinary Guild Young Chefs Beach Canteen Pop-up. A unique and hugely successful element of this year’s Festival, the rotating celebrity pop-up canteen will this week welcome ChefManal Al-Alem‘sfamed Egyptian restaurant,Geddy, until 23 February, before the much-anticipated and Michelin-starred Jason Atherton flies in from the UK on 26 for a three-day stint until the closing day of the Festival (28).
Nine celebrity chefs from the popular Arabic cookery channel, Fatafeat, were also in town this weekend for the Middle East’s first Fatafeat Kitchen event, which saw TV favourites including “The master of meat” Tarek Ibrahimcook for live audiences for the very first time together off-screen at Lafayette Gourmet (Dubai Mall).
Further famous faces
Stars from the worlds of cuisine and sportare not the only famous faces whetting the emirate’s appetite.Indian actress, producer and former model,Reevna Tandonwill be bringing her Bollywood beauty to the Masala! Food Fair at Zabeel Park today – 22 February. The Mystery Dining Tours Celebrity Hotspots Tour took place on Wednesday 18, as a group of Hollywood groupies enjoyed dishes ordered by A-Listers at the city’smost exclusive haunts. The Mystery Dining Tours’final tasty trip, the Dubai Skyline Tour, will take place this week on 23 February, taking inspiration from the view of four unique rooftop terraces– with cuisine on offer inspired by the city’s famous and unrivalled views (5.50pm; Meeting point: Zabeel Park, Gate 1).
From land to water, the most recent edition of the Festival’sDine On The Creekevent saw Indian TV favourite Sanjeev Kapoor welcome aboard diners to the Al Mansour Restaurant Dhowon the iconic Dubai Creekto enjoy authentic Indian fare on 18 February.
Back on dry land, urban lifestyle and street food event Street Nights took place between 20 – 21 February – bringing with it graffiti artists from near and far, as well asthe very best multi-cultural and street food fare.The region’s first Middle East Food and Travel Blogger Conferencealso took place on Friday 20 February – welcoming the biggest names in social media and the food industry to discuss the role of food in the online space, with food on offer from the Festival’s fleet of food trucks.
The Food Truck Convoy will continue its tour of the city’s business districts this week, concluding on Thursday 26 February in Dubai Studio City. The Festival’s free-to-view Food & Film series also reaches its dramatic finale later in the week, followingscreenings ofThe Trip to Italy,featuring English comedy sensations Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (25 February, Beach Canteen, 7pm) and French foodie film, Chocolat (26 February, Beach Canteen, 7pm).
The Dubai Food Festival runs until 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
1.Beach Canteen,6 – 28 February, Kite Beach, Jumeirah
2.Food & Film, 8 – 28 February, Various outdoor locations throughout the city
3.Food Truck Convoy, 22 – 26 February –Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai International Academic City, JLT Park,Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City
4.Mystery Dining Tours, 23 February, Various locations
5.Street Food Photography Exhibition, Dates throughout February, Dubai Airport
6.What’s On Black Hat Guide Launch, 22 February, Cargo – Pier
7.Made In Dubai, 27 – 28 February, Zabeel Park
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.
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