Dubai is awash with things to do all year round, but there’s also a whole host of festivals for those who love food as much as I do, here are 10 of the best you need to put on your calander…
1. Dubai Food Festival
February – March
Encompassing Street Nights, The Beach Canteen and the Masala! Food Fair not to mention a whole host of other food events around the city Dubai Food Festival is one event all food lovers can look forward to every year.
2. Taste of Dubai
Held in Media City this festival is a great day out for all food lovers; featuring a whole host of Dubai restaurants serving up some of their most loved dishes you’ll also find gourmet food shops and other activities to keep the kiddies entertained. It’s no surprise that this festival is going into it’s 9th year in 2016.
3. Lafayette Gourmet Food Fest
Here’s one for the true gourmet foodie, held annually in Galleries Lafayette this weekend long festival features some of the best produce from around the world as well as talks, workshops and of course plenty to eat!
4. Dubai Food Carnival
Held at DIMC the Food Carnival features stalls of some of Dubai’s quirky and delicious restaurants as well as hosting talks from celebrity chefs and competitions (2015 saw a BBQ competition heat up the evenings with grill masters facing off against one another to create the perfect back yard treat). While this festival is often much quieter than some of the others it’s still a great family day out.
5. Dubai Vine Week
African & Eastern hold Dubai Vine Week every year with multiple restaurants participating in a week of wine education, hosting tasting events, special dinners and a variety of other things, this week is one to watch for if you’re a lover of fine grape.
6. Jumeirah Restaurant Week
Perhaps less of a festival and more of an opportunity for fine dinning Jumeirah Restaurant Week features discounts and dinning deals at Jumeirah Group restaurants including those in the Madinat, Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
7. Global Village
November – February
As part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, Global Village is a month and a bit long event featuring food from around the world served up amongst craft stalls, fair ground rides and fun and fantastic dance shows. This is the perfect place to pick up a pizza, a plate of falafel and a bowl of noodles within minutes of each other!
8. Dubai Bake Festival
One of the newest contenders, the Dubai Bake Festival is the meeting of bakers and retailers in a sweet setting. For the moment there is little information known about the line up but they promise lots of cakes and bakes and no soggy bottoms!
9. Middle East Natural & Organic Products Expo
If you’re into your organics then MENOPE is for you, featuring suppliers of organic produce this trade show attracts all of those looking for the best of the best in fruit, vegetables and gourmet food stuffs.
10. International Coffee & Tea Exhibition
For all hot beverage lovers, caffeine addicts and coffee connoisseurs this 3 day event includes events, barista competitions as well as retailer stalls.