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“You name it, Dubai has it. If it doesn’t, it’s building it.”
Home to the world’s tallest building, largest natural flower garden, and biggest gold souk – Dubai is often seen topping ‘em vacation lists. Ranking second to New York as a shopping destination, this Emirate is also a melting pot of food and heritage. Bringing to limelight its gastronomic experiences, Dubai Food Festival is returning for its 5th edition from February 22 – March 10.
From ubiquitous Lebanese spots peppered throughout the city to fine-dine experiences by Michelin-starred chefs, the festival is a vista to Dubai’s rich food circuit. Whether an enthusiast of food, culture, or travel, this citywide festival is not to be missed. Bringing you the lowdown on this annual culinary celebration, #DSSCRecommends an excursion to this bustling hub.
Dubai Restaurant Week
February 22 – March 3
Scape Restaurant & Lounge; Image: therealgeordiearmani.com
Toro + Ko
folly by Nick & Scott
Set to take Dubai by storm yet again, Restaurant Week will offer exclusive set menus for ten straight days. From Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen at The Atlantis to the iconic Burj Al Arab’s Californian cuisine restaurant, Scape; this year’s edition will leave you in a selection dilemma. The competition might be tough, but DSSC has a winner – Toro + Ko. The Spanish tapas restaurant helmed by celebrity-chef Ken Oringer, it amalgamates the best of Dubai and Spain on a plate. Running a close second is folly by Nick & Scott. With stunning views over the Madinat waterways and smashing modern European cuisine, it is the perfect spot for that sunset and supper sesh.
Make your reservation for AED 199 per person.
February 22 – March 10
Dubai Food Festival’s star attraction, Beach Canteen transforms Sunset Beach into a dining and entertainment hotspot. Offering culinary creations from across the globe and featuring homegrown food trucks, cafes, and restaurants; it will make each day of this 17-day extravaganza a food-cation of its own. Accompanied by markets, live music, fitness classes, and kid-friendly activities, we assure you wouldn’t want to return from this wormhole. To seal the deal Dubai International Kite Festival is returning from March 9 to 10. As the skies over Jumeirah brim with colour with kites from across the world, kick-back and soak in the cultural diversity showcased in this extravagant view.
Taste of Dubai
March 8 – March 10
Three days of live cooking demonstrations, workshops, and tastings by celebrity chefs. Three days of gourmet experiences taken a notch higher, and offered at a fraction of standard prices. Three days of raging live music. Three days of tipple sessions and insights into the beverage industry. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre will be bustling this March, and there is no better way to bid adieu to the city than with this fab fiesta. Crate and Barrel Chefs’ Theatre and The Extraordinary Italian Taste Pavilion boasting of a line-up including Eric Lanlard and Chef Maria Grazia Soncini, are on our must-not-miss-when-here list. Splitting the spotlight with ace restaurants, including Jodhpur, Nobu, and Le Petit Belge, you need to head here with devouring-o-meter on full spectrum.
February 25 – March 8
That Place Café
Al Ustad Special Kabab; Image: karnaval.ir
Celebrating the unsung culinary heroes of the gulf, Hidden Gems is back with a spectacular line-up. Revel in exclusive tastings of eateries savoured by locals day-in and day-out. While Fish Hut and That Place Café are must-visit and have topped the voting, 2017 Hidden Gem awardee, Al Ustad Special Kabab, is where you need to head to for relishing everything from hummus, rice to kebabs.
#DSSCTopTip: Do not miss out on mint tea at the end of the meal. Place the sugar cube, served alongside, in your mouth rather than dissolving in the cup.
Now that we have your itenary sorted, we know you’re booking tickets and making reservations quicker than we shoot shots. There’s full steam ahead – see you at the Dubai Food Festival!
Featured Image Courtesy: kuoni.co.uk