Beirut Restaurants Festival celebrates the best flavors in town
The third edition of the Beirut Restaurants Festival drew to a close on the 30th of September, follwing three electric days at Beirut’s trendy Trainstation. Organized by the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafés, Night-clubs & Pastries in partnership with Hospitality Services and with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, the festival hosted almost 70 of the top restaurants, bars and food concepts, promising a food celebration like no other.
The opening ceremony on September 28 was held under the patronage of the Minister of Tourism, H.E. Avedis Guidanian. The minister congratulated all the stakeholders involved on promoting Lebanon’s rich cuisine and reiterated the success Beirut had achieved in being designated an international food capital. The festival further honored Nouhad Dammous, the guru of tourism and hospitality, recognizing his work and accomplishments in the sector over the past decades.
Over 11,000 festivalgoers had the opportunity to sample a tasty selection of bites and drinks from a large number of food stands, trucks and bars while enjoying the live music program of Latin, Oriental, pop, jazz and dance tracks. Bands and DJS, including Arnabeat, Marc Hatem, Joy Fahad, Andrea Bou Nehme and Mosaic Band, played to an enthusiastic crowd well into the night. The event attracted a wide audience thanks to the variety of attractions on offer, notably the range of exciting cuisines , which included: American, Armenian, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese and Mexican, to name just a few. A dedicated kids’ area, with fun activities and inflatable toys, proved popular with the younger audience who had free access to the festival. Pets were also allowed at the open-air venue.
The Beirut Restaurants Festival will return for its fourth edition at Trainstation, Mar Mikhael, from September 27 to 29, 2019.