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Dubai Food Festival

Dubai Food Festival 2021 highlights

Mon, January 25, 2021

Take a look back at the gourmet adventures experienced during the last celebration of the culinary scene, which ran from 25 March to 17 April 2021

Take a look back at the gourmet adventures experienced during the last celebration of the culinary scene, which ran from 25 March to 17 April 2021


Dubai Restaurant Week

Diners got to tuck into exclusively curated two and three-course set lunch and dinner menus at some of the most sought-after restaurants in the city. Showcasing the city’s creative food scene, Dubai Restaurant Week – which ran from 25 March to 10 April – allowed guests to take a culinary trip around the globe thanks to the sheer variety of restaurants on offer. Best of all, lunches started from a wallet-friendly AED95, while dinners were offered from AED150.


Foodie Experiences

The third edition of Foodie Experiences continued to cook up a storm, giving everyone a unique insight into the city’s culinary dynamism. Enthusiasts enjoyed one-off experiences, including masterclasses with top chefs, themed experiential tours, culinary workshops, exclusive tasting menus and so much more. Gastronomes rushed to grab their spots, because these limited-time, immersive events guaranteed foodie bragging rights and sold out fast!


Dine & Win

The return of the Dine & Win programme gave foodies the chance to cash in while eating out. Dozens of eateries located around the city signed up, with diners spending a minimum of AED50 on tasty treats getting scratch-and-win cards and raffle coupons. An added incentive? The scratch card came with the possibility of a Zomato Pro membership, while one lucky patron got to zoom off with the grand prize of a brand new GAC GS3.


Hidden Gems

From the bustling streets of Bur Dubai to the quieter neighbourhoods of Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim, Dubai is dotted with numerous culinary Hidden Gems, many of which are unique and homegrown. During the Dubai Food Festival, everyone was invited to sample a few of the best budget venues, shining a well-deserved spotlight on diverse food treasures and unsung dining heroes. After sharing a review of their meal, some lucky diners won a year-long Zomato Pro membership and dining credit.


Karak Chai Dubai

A chai-loving city obviously has a say on favoured spots. For the first time residents got to share their karak chai hitlist as DFF – in association with Lovin Dubai – put a spotlight on where to go for the ultimate cup. They voted, after sampling many servings, from saffron-sprinkled offerings to spicy and invigorating blends, and served up their top 10 venues.


Home Edition

The city’s leading supermarket chains joined in on the Dubai Food Festival excitement with an enticing offer. Shoppers who spent a minimum of AED250 at participating stores got the opportunity to win a year's worth of groceries! One winner per supermarket was selected in weekly raffle draws, with 10 shoppers wrapping up the 2021 Festival with a total of AED500,000 in prizes. 



Of course, there was something new – and spectacular – on the cards last edition. Residents went beyond a few indulgent bites and made a holiday out of their culinary explorations with Foodcations, a dream staycation with an emphasis on gastronomy. They enjoyed a stay at a hotel in Dubai, inclusive of daily complimentary breakfast as well as lunch or dinner and got to take part in an exclusive masterclass or behind-the-scenes session with a chef. 


Citywide celebrations

There was so much more to do – and eat – during Dubai Food Festival, with something to please everyone's palate. Gourmands got to embark on Foodie Trails that took them on a taste journey across some of the best places to eat or tick off Time Out's top restaurants from their foodie lists. Whether they learnt from Michelin-starred chefs like Heinz Beck or explored the city's homegrown culinary talents thanks to Made in Dubai, there was no limit to the variety of adventures the Festival had in store. Best of all, the culinary experiences didn't just thrive inside restaurants and cafes. Locations across town went all out with exciting celebrations centred around the gourmet theme. One thing was for sure – every destination brought something special to the table!

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