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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 love­food­fes­ti­


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