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Foodies, get excited: the region’s first MICHELIN Guide Food Festival lands in Abu Dhabi this month, bringing with it three days of exceptional culinary experiences from Friday December 8 to Sunday December 10.

Taking place against the backdrop of the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi at Louvre Abu Dhabi Park, the event will bring together chefs from 16 MICHELIN Guide-selected restaurants around the world under the theme ‘Discover the Art of Flavour.’ The extensive programme of all things culinary will invite foodies to tuck into specially curated menus, exclusive dishes, a chef’s table event, a selection of culinary masterclasses, and a marketplace where you can shop a selection of local produce.

Culinary stars in the spotlight 

Local talents and internationally lauded superstars from the food world will come together for the event, with 16 restaurants all showcasing their culinary credentials.

Regional names to know include Luigi Stinga, the man behind the menu at one MICHELIN Star Talea by Antonio Guida, a What’s On award-winning Italian restaurant in Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental. Also in the bill is chef Lee Kok Hua of Hakkasan, another MICHELIN Star recipient in the capital at the inaugural event last year. Completing the line-up of local culinary heroes is Thinus van der Westhuizen from Abu Dhabi’s A* Japanese eatery, 99 Sushi Bar.

Famous faces from the global culinary world heading to the festival include chef Alvin Leung from Hong Kong’s two MICHELIN Star Bo Innovation; Heidi Bjerkan of Scandinavian MICHELIN Star restaurant, Credo; the man behind three MICHELIN Stars JL Studio in Singapore, Jimmy Lim; Pierre Chirac of Paris’ two Stars La Scène; Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri, famed for his culinary mastery at Bangkok’s two Stars Southern Thai restaurant, Sorn, and more.

Foodie activities aplenty

Festival goers will have plenty of immersive culinary activities to get stuck into as well. Throughout the festival, there will be the opportunity to get involved in six exclusive masterclasses, each focused on a different flavour. From sweet and sour to savoury, bitter, umami and spicy, the masterclasses will all be led by passionate professionals at the top of their game.

To complete the festival’s foodie line-up, there will be a tailor-made bar, pastry offerings for those with a sweet tooth, and a premium hospitality lounge for those that prefer to go VIP.

There’s more than just food though. Alongside all of the activations for adults, there’s going to be a play area for children with face painting and balloon bending.


Festival tickets are priced at Dhs100, or a bundle ticket inclusive of festival access and Louvre Abu Dhabi entry is Dhs130. Entry is free for under 12s.

MICHELIN Guide Abu Dhabi Food Festival, Louvre Abu Dhabi Park, Saadiyat Island, December 8 to 10, from Dhs100. platinumlist.net