FOOD FESTIVALS ON THE MENU
Foodies are going to have a lot on their plate from February 23 when the Dubai Food Festival starts. Until March 11, the city will host food-led events, pop-ups, and cultural and art performances. Miele Dubai restaurant week offers experiences from 15 fine-dining restaurants (Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Gary Rhodes’ Rhodes W1, Jason Atherton’s Marina Social and more) at Dh199 for a three-course set menu. The food truck trend is here to stay as Eat the World DXB proves – 25 food trucks from London, Singapore and the US will pull over at Burj Park from February 23-25. There will be master classes, competitions, live music and demos. Etisalat sets up its Beach Canteen at Sunset Beach from February 23-March 11. There are also fitness classes, open mic nights, beach cinema, and Fatafeat Kitchen’s Darnival takes place from February 24-25 at Dubai Festival City Mall.
In Abu Dhabi, the Love Food Festival is on until February 18 at the Umm Al Emarat Park. There are 25 international street food vendors – Crabbie Shack’s soft shell crab burgers from the UK, America’s Harlem Seafood uptown po’boys and Singapore’s Kerbside Gourmet food truck are highlights. Check out the chef demos, Bedouin tent and the food-themed outdoor cinema. Live local acts such as DJ Rob Edge, Soul Groove Duo and The Latin Collective (a UAE-based Latin Band) will perform. Tickets cost Dh50 at the door. Visit lovefoodfestival.ae.