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Foodies, Get Ready to Go Bananas this Dubai Food Festival

Looking for some delicious gourmet dishes? Or a die-hard fan of street food? Eat like a horse? Devour anything that’s cheesy? Want to delve into some sensual caffeine affair? Well then, jump on to the foodwagon and treat yourself with everything from soups to nuts and even beyond at the Dubai Food Festival.

When they say it’s Bigger and Better this time, they truly mean it. This year, the Dubai Food Festival is ready to take you through an epic journey of exquisite culinary experiences, with some fresh hot concepts sure to stir up your senses. Running for 17 days, starting from today (February 21), the Food Festival will wrap up on March 9.


Cheese Fest

Some cheesy gooey affair to indulge in. Savour the best wedge of cheddar and some real tangy Parmesan as the Cheese Fest hits the town on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Enjoy the best cheese varieties, attend workshops as kids take on the numerous activities set at the place

What: Cheese Fest

Where: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina , Al Sufouh

When: February 22, 7 pm to midnight. February 23, noon to 10 pm.


Swyp Beach Canteen

What’s a better combo than beach and food? The al fresco food fest will feed up the hungry tummies at Jumeirah Beach offering a full spread of delicious cuisine. Looking after the kids will be a piece of cake with the many activities awaiting them at the Beach. The Cooking Court will host live demonstrations to add to the delight of the guests.

What: Swyp Beach Canteen

Where: Jumeirah Beach 

When: February 21 – March 9


Foodie Experiences

A new edition to the Dubai Food Festival, Foodie Experiences will bring in the best of culinary joy hosting activities at dozens of restaurants. If you are into cooking as well as eating, then this is the right chance to enhance your cooking skills with masterclasses from top chefs, Cirque de Cuisine megabrunch and chef masterclass at Eataly in the Dubai Mall. You could also go on a Food and Photography Tour with Unseen Trails.

What: Foodie Experiences

Where: Various locations - Queen Elizabeth 2, Atlantis The Palm, Marina Social, Eataly, Craft Café, Bleu Blanc, Culinary Boutique, Zhen Wei, Mohalla, La Mer – Treej Café, Prime68, Cova, INKED, Casa de Tapas, Brothaus Bakery-Bistro, Miyabi, The Backyard etc.

When: February 21 – March 9


Hidden Gems

Discover the Hidden Gems in the world of tastes. Savour some mouth-watering delicacies served in 40 budget-friendly restaurants across the city. With menus ranging up to AED 35, diners can pick their favourite from the list of specials. Treat yourself with everything from casual Arabic dining to classic curries and snackable treats.

What: Hidden Gems

Where: Various locations – Socialicious, House of Pizza, Indulgence Café, Chang Cheng, Sai Dham Veg Restaurant, Shanghai Kitchen, Two Seasons Restaurant, Eat Artisanal, Asian 5, Sticky Rice, MTR – 1924, 312 Café, Qiso Café, Ketli Café, Chalet Grill Plus, Cancios Restaurant, El Greco, Bangkok Town, New Asia Flavours, Danial,Cedar Tree, Samarkand Restaurant, New Marina Restaurant, Healthy Little Secrets, Lakeside Spice, Wok’s Den. Khana Khazana, Spice Hut, The Desi Circle, Baker Street café, Al Falamanki, Unforgettable Biriyani, Thai Time, All Fresh, Catfish, Spicy & Ginger, Bait Al Mandi Restaurant, LocalAwi, Dil se Desi, Sultan Dubai Falafel

When: February 21 – March 9


Dubai Restaurant week

The Big Fishes among the Restaurants in Dubai will tickle your taste buds with specially curated menus featuring the best of food varieties. This event lets you indulge in the world-class flavours of the city’s star eateries for less. Sample signature dishes, innovative creations and flavours of the world for just AED199 per person.

What: Dubai Restaurant Week

When February 21 – March 9


Street Food Fair

Meanwhile, the City Walk has been transformed into an aromatic street food fair, with food varieties from every nook and corner of the world. Take your taste buds through a world tour enjoying international delicacies. Also groove to the music and get into the live entertainment as you munch on.  Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet is partnering with Le BHV Marais to host a street food fair, with al fresco eats and exotic flavours on offer as well. 

What: Street Food Fair

Where: Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet, City Walk, Al Safa Street

When: February 28 – March 2


LOVE FOOD Awards at The Dubai Mall

With this much being said, you are already confused and spoiled with choices. But then, what’s your favourite pick from the whole lot? Head to timeoutdubai.com/lovefoodawards to vote for your favourite eatery. Emaar gift cards worth AED10.000 to be won to spend at The Dubai Mall. The winners will be announced on March 6, Wednesday.

Bon appetit!  




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