Dubai Food Festival in full swing | The First Group

Dubai Food Festival in full swing

Australian chef Matt Moran

The third edition of the Dubai Food Festival is now underway with the 17-day mouth-watering line-up of events, activities, promotions and celebrity chef appearances whetting the appetite of residents and visitors alike.

The festival, which kicked off on February 25 and involves more than 1,000 restaurants and 30 celebrity chefs, is designed to showcase the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai's culinary offering.

Hosted under the new 'Celebrate Taste' theme, the 2016 edition has seen the return of favourites such as the Etisalat Beach Canteen, the Masterclass Series and the popular Taste of Dubai foodie event, as well as features such as Dubai Restaurant Week, Dine With The Stars and Eat The World DXB.

Dubai Restaurant Week, already underway, runs until March 5 and involves 30 of the city’s fine-dining restaurants offering a three-course set menu at AED189 per person. Participating restaurants include Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, Rivington Grill, Social By Heinz Beck, The Ivy, The Rib Room, Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo and Zheng He's.

The Masterclass Series is in full swing too until March 11 and includes workshops with international and local chefs at Dubai’s School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (Scafa).

It gives food enthusiasts the chance to rub shoulders – and pans – with the likes of George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel, Matt Moran, Manal Al Alem, Shannon Bennett, MasterChef India winner Nikita Gandhi and MasterChef New Zealand winner Tim Read.

Dubai Food Festival’s hub at Kite Beach, the Etisalat Beach Canteen, is once again proving a big hit with families, foodies, fitness fanatics and fashionistas.

Alongside 15 delicious home-grown restaurant concepts and celebrity chef appearances, visitors are enjoying several new free-to-attend events such as fitness classes, open-mic nights, storytelling by the sea, a farmer's market and fashion market, as well as local bands, DJs, children's activities, beach cinema and beach sports.

The festival will culminate with the ninth edition of Taste of Dubai (March 10-12) and Dubai Media City Amphitheatre promising a line up of celebrity chefs, fine-dining restaurants and more.

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