Sponsored: It’s the first of three back-to-back festivals in the urban indoor garden this summer…

Do pop up bars, lazy lunches on a picnic bench and sipping away the days on a selection of craft ciders sound like your idea of a proper summer?

We thought so.

So get excited Dubai, as the ever-popular Marina eatery The Scene by Simon Rimmer is launching three months of back-to-back summer festivals at their urban indoor garden, perfect for keeping cool through the hot summer months.

Starting on Wednesday August 1 with the ‘Cider Social’, apple enthusiasts can get their fix with a limited-edition range of craft ciders starting from Dhs 35. There will also be inventive apple based-cocktails as well as a nostalgic selection of The Scene’s snakebites served from the newly installed pop-up bar, with five beverages priced at Dhs175.

While you’re making your way through the menu, be sure to fuel up with some bar bites. A selection of three bites costs Dhs99, with limited edition specials available at each festival. Halloumi Fries with Pear Cider Puree, anyone?

There will also be the chance to bag yourself a Dhs1000 bar tab. Simply be the first person to make your way round the full selection of drinks, stamping your Scene passport as you go.

But this isn’t just about the grown ups. While the adults perch at the garden’s pop up bar, kids can pay a visit to the toffee apple fountain, where they’ll be able to coat and decorate their own sweet treats, while being entertained by balloon makers and face painters.

There’s still plenty to look forward to. Later on in the year, Vinefest will ensure you have a ‘corker’ of a September, as the garden transforms into a vineyard serving up a unique, limited-edition menu of grape and bubbles.

The festival draws to a close with Simon’s Gin-asium in October.  Whether you like to keep it classic with a G&T or prefer to throw your junipers into a crafted cocktail, keep an eye (or ear) out for the musical ring of the gin trolley, which will serve up craft gins without you having to move a muscle.

Bag a bench or perch up at the pop up bar, we’ll see you there.

The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th Floor, Pier 7, 8am to 2am, Cider Social Aug 1 to 31, Vinefest Sept 1 to 30, Gin-asium Oct 1 to 31. Tel: (04) 422 2328. Thescenedubai.com

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