What’s On announces the details of Dubai Food Festival 2015, including Beach Canteen, food tours, celebrity chefs, and Dubai Food Carnival.

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The Dubai Food Festival will return in 2015 with all the favourite activations of last year, as well as a selection of new events to delight foodies across the UAE.

Big hits from 2014, including the Beach Canteen at Kite Beach, have been confirmed, meaning the likes of the Dubai Food Carnival and Taste Of Peru are back in the calendar for the almost month-long culinary celebration between February 6 to 28.

The Carnival will move this year from Dubai Festival City to Dubai International Marine Club, and will feature over 80 of the best restaurants and food exhibits from Dubai and the rest of the UAE.

As with last year, leading chefs from around the world will jet in to appear as guest speakers and host numerous special dinners; stellar names like Sanjeev Kapoor, Jason Atherton and Silvena Rowe have already been confirmed.

The announcements were made on Tuesday afternoon at Rowe’s Jumeirah Fishing Village hot spot, Omnia Gourmet, which earlier this month was crowned best healthy eating restaurant at the What’s On Awards.

The 23-day festival as a whole is larger than the previous year, and will highlight the growth of the region as the ultimate food destination in the world.

Emirati Cuisine will of course be showcased throughout, while home-grown independent restaurants will also have a prominent role. Beyond that, after the success of last year’s pop-up by the sea, the developing worldwide trend of street food will be celebrated beyond the boundaries of Kite Beach. A convoy of food trucks will be deployed at key destinations.

Among the new activations will be a series of Mystery Dining Tours, tickets for which go on sale on December 1. The tours, which will be priced from Dhs550 to Dhs9,120 will highlight the diversity of the culinary scene in the UAE, and will vary from  street food to ‘exclusive one-of-kind high-flying tours’. The most expensive will see guests enjoy a limousine pick-up, dinner spread across three restaurants and transfers between them via helicopter; it will take place on Valentine’s Day and spaces are limited to three couples.

Al Quoz Street Nights (February 19 and 20) have also come onboard this time around, expanding the food element to the event in-line with the festival.

The festival will close with a celebration of Emirati food on The Palm.