Food for the soul…

Dubai residents love a good pop-up and one that everyone particularly looks forward to is Etisalat Beach Canteen. The pop-up returned to Dubai as part of the Dubai Food Festival but if you’ve been busy, take note that it closes this weekend on Sunday, May 7.

Don’t want to miss out? Make those plans with family or friends to pop on over. You can find it at Jumeirah Beach just behind Sunset Mall.

Watch out for the retro-beach pops of colour, or you can just follow the amazing food smell that will fill the air. There’s no entry fee, so there’s absolutely no excuse to skip it. It is open daily from 4pm to midnight only until Sunday.

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This year is particularly special as it marks the 10th anniversary of the Dubai Food Festival. Expect live entertainment, activities arranged by the local community and endless food options to satisfy your palate.

This year, the food festival features a farm-to-table concept from Bahr. The simple, yet sophisticated dining experience showcases the UAE’s wide variety of artisanal farm products served in an array of international dishes. Bahr is also very big on zero-waste and you will learn about its sustainable ways as you dine.

Speaking of sustainability, you won’t find plastic straws or disposables here, as they have all been replaced with reusable alternatives in line with the Year of Sustainability. At the festival, guests can also participate in workshops where they will learn to upcycle their clothes and accessories.

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Since it is the anniversary edition, visitors to Etisalat Beach Canteen can celebrate a walk down Memory Lane which will display just how much the city’s food scene has evolved over the years.

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Expect over 50 food concepts including Food Plaza with dishes served from upcycled containers, and Food Truck Paradise where a number of lip-smacking treats are served up. There’s even a Mocktail Bar that will pair perfectly with the beach vibes. For a super quick bite, you’ll find something to satisfy your belly at The Snack Stop.

Have little ones? Bring them along and they can enjoy plenty of activities such as the Splash Zone and Kids Adventure Island. On the main stage, expect musical acts, movies, fun activities and giveaways.

You can stay up to date with Etisalat Beach Canteen on @beachcanteenofficial or on

36 Al Nessnass Street, Jumeirah 3, until May 7, Tel: (800) 900.

Images: Beach Canteen Instagram