Dubai Food Festival is officially set to return

Details about the upcoming ninth edition have been announced – and there’s lots to get through.

Any plans to diet or detox will have to wait as the Dubai Food Festival is officially set to return for its ninth edition. Kicking off on 2 May, the citywide event will see two weeks’ worth of food-related events, activities, promotions, and appearances by food celebrities, each highlighting and celebrating Dubai’s dynamic culinary scene – hidden gems, homegrown heroes and fine-dining experiences included. Bookings are now open for Dubai Restaurant Week and Foodie Experiences, both of which we’ll explore below. You might want to cleanse your palate for this one.

Dubai Restaurant Week (6 to 15 May)

In partnership with 40 of the city’s best restaurants, Dubai Restaurant Week returns with specially curated three-course dinner menus starting from AED 150 per person or two-course lunch menus starting from AED 95. Diners will be able to enjoy irresistible dishes using the freshest ingredients – all at an attractive price that saves them up to 50 per cent when dining out. 

This year’s edition of Dubai Restaurant Week welcomes some of Dubai’s most recognised restaurants, including a handful that are listed in MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 – LOWE and Indochine included – as well as recently launched hotspots like 11 Woodfire and Tamoka. Diners will also be able to enjoy special prices at the likes of 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Hutong and Inti, all of which boast scenic views and global recognition. Bookings can be made through Open Table.

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Foodie Experiences (2 to 15 May)

Catering to those looking for unique dining adventures across Dubai, Foodie Experiences will run for the entire duration of the festival, featuring a curated series of Dubai’s most anticipated and prominent chef’s tables, masterclasses, culinary collaborations and out-of-the-box experiential culinary concepts that are exclusive to this edition. Highlights include a sushi-making class with Chef Tatsu at 1004 Gourmet, multi-course menus from would-be-food-waste scraps at Lowe, as well as a Paella Masterclass at Suq Restaurant among others.

Dubai Food Festival

And if that wasn’t enough to entice even the most discerning foodie, more events as part of the Dubai Food Festival will be announced soon, including appearances by celebrity chefs and specially curated menus by ‘Made in Dubai’ restaurants. The festival will also celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with Eid Big Breakfast, which will offer authentic breakfast experiences for both dine-in and delivery, catering to all manner of nationalities and cultures. 

Simultaneously, residents will be able to identify their favourite ‘Hidden Gem’ restaurants in the city for a chance to win in the Social Eats Competition. Elsewhere, exclusive dining offers will also be up for grabs as part of the Dubai Comedy Festival alongside special deals, dining experiences, and family-friendly fun at Time Out Market and Ripe Market. Reservations for all Foodie Experiences are required in advance by contacting the chosen restaurant directly.

Dubai Food Festival

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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