Dubai Food Festival: Beach Canteen, celebs, trucks and more
What’s On previews the Dubai Food Festival 2015 (Feb 6 to 28). Find out about Beach Canteen, Food trucks in Dubai, and Dubai Food Carnival.
Peruvian cuisine at the Souk Amphitheatre. Live cooking by celebrated British chef Jason Atherton. Food trucks on the beach. Lunchtime pop-up food events. Dining tours. These are just a few of the things we can look forward to during the 2015 Dubai Food Festival. Here are some of the highlights from the 23-day foodie extravaganza.
A hit at last year’s festival, Beach Canteen is back for 2015, this time taking up residence at Jumeirah’s Kite Beach for the duration of the festival. Nine home-grown restaurant concepts will be setting up on the sand, and there’ll be local bands, DJs, children’s activities and sports to keep visitors entertained as they eat. Beach Canteen will also feature celebrity chef pop-ups, so if you’re lucky, you could find your seaside snack being cooked by a Michelin-starred genius.
Who will be there: Chez Sushi, ClawBBQ, Provedore, Spill The Bean, Moti Roti, JJ Chicken, Rice Creamery, Moylo’sPantry Cafe, Kris Kros, Shawerme.
February 6 to 28
Kite Beach, Jumeirah, Dubai
Food truck lunchtime pop-up market
Office workers of Dubai rejoice: a convoy of gourmet food trucks will be rolling up to the city’s business districts to spice up lunch breaks on weekdays throughout the festival. Forget limp, pre-packaged sandwiches and salads, and feast instead on international cuisine freshly prepared by the chefs on board a fleet of more than ten restaurants on wheels. Move over Los Angeles and step aside Miami, Dubai wants in on the food truck revolution.
February 8 to 26
Various locations. dubaifoodfestival.com
Dine On The Creek
Celebrity chefs take their cuisine to the high seas on a traditional dhow. Yousef Khumayes will entertain diners on board the Rustar Restaurant Dhow on February 10, award-winning Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor (February 18, Dhs185) and Arabian Manal Al-Alem (February 23, Dhs185), will be on the Al Mansour Restaurant Dhow.
February 10, 18, 23
Taste of Peru
Peruvian cuisine is officially having a moment. Taste everything that the melting pot of Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese influences has to offer at this three-day celebration at the Souk Amphitheatre. You might not know your ceviche from your tiradito now, but you will by the time you leave.
February 12 to 14
Souk Amphitheatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Dubai Food Carnival
More than 20,000 people from all over the world are expected to visit this family-friendly affair at Dubai International Marine Club. The event will feature more than 80 exhibitors, along with live music and entertainment, cooking competitions, the Dubai Food Festival Food Academy, a fully-licensed bubble lounge and the Chef Dome, which will play host to the likes of Jason Atherton and Sanjeev Kapoor as they show off their culinary skills for the crowds.
February 12 to 14
Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3086430. Metro: Dubai Marina. dubaifoodcarnival.com
Celebrity hotspots tour
You can’t swing a cat in Dubai without hitting at least two celebrities on their hols. It’s perhaps little wonder given the concentration of glamorous restaurants adored by the A-list. Kim Kardashian West embarked on a mini culinary tour during her last visit that took in Toko at Vida Downtown and Yuan at Atlantis. If you fancy spending an evening treading in the footsteps of Kimmy K’s Louboutin shoes, this experience – one of several bespoke dining tours planned as part of the festival – promises a whirlwind limousine tour of the city’s starriest restaurants, sampling signature dishes in private dining rooms, before a meet and greet with a mystery celebrity chef.
Try real street food in Dubai’s art hub, Al Quoz at the Street Nights party. Expect music, street art, live performances, and a warehouse after-party, all demonstrating the pool of artistic and creative talent in Dubai. Foodies can sample a selection of creative street food concepts from the likes of Moti Roti, Fume, Fraiche, Maple Leaf, Hanoi, Shakeism, Logma, Essentially, Melt and Panifico.
February 20 and 21
Read more on Street Nights in Al Quoz here.
Made In Dubai
Championing Dubai’s home grown chefs and Emirati cuisine is the aim of Made In Dubai which takes place in Zabeel Park
February 27 and 28