The three-day food festival returns this weekend with celebrity chefs, live music and lots of great food…

Returning to Media City for the 11th time, Taste of Dubai is back for three days of food, entertainment and family-friendly fun this weekend.

So what can you find there? As well as Celebrity Chefs, shopping and live cooking demonstrations, there’s a new Italian Pavilion, a dedicated kids zone and a concert headlined by 80s vocal group Sister Sledge.

Here’s everything you need to know about Taste of Dubai.

The Restaurants

It should go without saying, but you best arrive hungry as 25 of the city’s top restaurants serve up some of their greatest dishes at a fraction of the price. Here’s a few of our top picks.

Burger & Lobster

What to try: Mini original lobster roll, mini samurai lobster roll, original burger sliders, hot mama burger sliders.


What to try: Tuna takaki with matsuhisa dressing; eggplant miso honey; salmon tacos; black cod; Mochi ice cream


What to try: Philly steak sandwich; braised short ribs with sweet potato mash; fish’n’chips

Carnival by Tresind

What to try: Wild mushroom and truffle pulao; rosemary chicken tikka; stir fried vegetable curry

Bread Street Kitchen

What to try: Crab on toast; crispy beef short ribs with pomegranate and hoi sin honey glaze; shepherds pie


What to try: Weslodge slider with cheese; pastrami short rib; beef sausage with cheddar and crispy onions; sirloin steak

Le Petit Belge

What to try: An assortment of croquettes; steamed mussels; smothered Belgian fries; mushroom crostini with truffle.

The Chefs

There’ll be a host of celebrity chefs at Taste of Dubai this year. Be sure to keep an eye out for these…

Giorgio Locatelli

Locatelli was brought up around food, learning his craft at the Michelin-star restaurant in Lake Maggiore that his parents ran. His own restaurant Zafferano earned a Michelin star in 1999, and Locatelli has gone on to pave a successful culinary career both in and out of the kitchen as an award-winning author and TV show host.

Eric Lanlard

While most of us were still trying to figure out how to cook stir-fry 365 different ways, a 22-year-old Eric Lanlard was the head pastry chef at Albert and Michel Roux Michelin-starred restaurant. The master patissier has earned himself an international reputation for superlative baked creations for an impressive A-list clientele, and is often described as one of the best patissiers in the world.

Valentine Warner

Following a brief career as a portrait painter, Warner (left in picture) found work as a chef in a number of kitchens in London, before landing his first job as a TV chef in 2008, presenting BBC2’s What To Eat Now. As well as appearing on numerous food shows, he has written five cookery books.

Jun Tanaka

No stranger to both Taste Of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Japanese-British celeb chef has been cooking for more than 25 years in Michelin-starred restaurants including Marco Pierre White’s in London.

Annabel Karmel

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ll have heard all about Annabel. She’s an international bestselling author on baby and children’s food and nutrition, having sold more than four million books to date.

The Music

Eighties soul legends, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge are set to take to the stage for live performance of  disco, funk and soul, on the Thursday night. Expect to hear their classics including Lost in Music, We are Family and He’s The Greatest Dancer.

The best of the rest…

Kids Zone

Taking the little ones to Taste of Dubai? There will be entertainment, face painting and plenty of fun to be had in the dedicated Splash N Party kids zone.

Butter Kitchen

Butter Kitchen is a brand new addition to Taste of Dubai this year. The pop up restaurant space will be hosted by French Chef, Charles Soussin, and dairy specialist, Francois Robin, awarded best cheesemonger in France. Gastronomic workshops will be run all day long and open to all visitors, where the two professionals will explain how and why butter is essential to enhance flavors of dishes from starters to desserts.

Italian Pavilion

Those fond of Italian food can experience dishes from master chefs Maria Grazia Soncini, Marco Bottega and Paolo Gramaglia in the Italian Taste Pavilion, complete with pop up restaurants, pizzerias, gelateria and a special espresso bar. A highlight of the three-day festival includes the hotly-anticipated pizza contest, where the ten best Italian pizzerias battle it out to be crowned best pizza in the city.

Taste of Dubai, Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Thursday March 8 4pm to 12am, Friday March 9 12pm to 12am, Saturday March 10 12pm to 11pm, Dhs200 Thurs, Dhs95 Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 391 1196.

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