Nearly 12,000 restaurants and cafes are taking part in the event which will run until May 15
This year, the Dubai Food Festival celebrates the emirate as the culinary capital of the world. Showcasing the city’s most exciting gastronomic offerings and remarkable epicurean experiences, the 14-day food festival kicked off Monday and will run until May 15.
With 12,000 restaurants and cafes participating, Dubai attracts the most enthusiastic diners with tantalizing flavors from around the world.
Residents can experience everything from world-renowned chefs and global restaurant brands to street food and local eateries inspired by the more than 200 nationalities living in the city.
Here’s a guide to sampling the city’s culinary delights:
Experience the first mall-led supper club
Festival Plaza is set to launch the first-ever mall-led supper club for the Dubai Food Festival to celebrate good food with a good cause. Hosted by DJ and radio host Jade Worsley, the first edition of the Festival Plaza Supper Club will take place on May 12 at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the mall.
Special guest Madame Vo from Chinese themed supper club Haus of Vo will share stories about her passion for creating exquisite meals and her culinary adventures. The evening will feature a menu specially concocted by talented chefs Rahmat Hidayat and Munish Rana from the Asian restaurant Ming’s Chamber.
For mall lovers
Authentic Roman dishes at Pizza Al Taglio’s; sustainable, fresh and high-quality ingredients at Poke and Co; at Parker’s, perfect for breakfast; and hearty and delicious Amazigh cuisine – indulge in cuisines from around the world at Majid Al Futtaim malls.
Dubai Restaurant Week
Taste the best the city has to offer with the return of Dubai Restaurant Week from May 6-15 as part of the Dubai Food Festival. Choose from signature experiences at participating restaurants offering gourmet menus from just Dh95 for lunch and Dh150 for dinner.
Party menu at La Mer
Head to the beach and celebrate the Eid festivities by the sea at La Mer, with festive menus, great dining offers and live entertainment from 5pm. The Dubai Food Festival’s ‘Dine and Win’ promotion will also run during the Eid break, offering visitors who dine at La Mer the chance to win a family vacation to Paris.
Enjoy gourmet experiences
The fourth edition of Foodie Experiences continues to rage on, giving residents a unique insight into the city’s culinary vibrancy. Sign up to enjoy unique experiences held May 2-15, including masterclasses with experts, themed experiential tours, culinary collaborations, and exclusive Chef’s Table tasting menus. Try the Sushi Course with Chef Tatsu at 1004 Gourmet or the Low Sourdough Course with Chef Sheerin.
Explore hidden treasures
From the bustling streets of Bur Dubai to the quieter neighborhoods of Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim, Dubai is dotted with many hidden culinary gems. Research some of the best authentic restaurants, discover diverse food treasures and sample unsung culinary heroes. There are thousands of restaurants in the city, but if adventurers want to get off the beaten track and discover authentic new flavors, it’s time to start a new culinary journey.