Gourmet gala


It’s time for food­ies liv­ing in the UAE to gather in droves – your dose of high-en­ergy all-things­gas­tro­nomic fun is set for three days at Taste of Abu Dhabi on Novem­ber 8, 9 and 10 at du Arena, Yas Is­land. The mas­sive culi­nary cel­e­bra­tion of­fers up a unique chance to grab a bite of the city’s best tastes from some of the most pop­u­lar restau­rants. There’s 48 sig­na­ture dishes from so many eater­ies and sev­eral bev­er­age out­lets to sam­ple from, and you’ll taste and sip your way to the tunes of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic tal­ent and former Girls Aloud singer Na­dine Coyle, The Boot­leg Bea­tles, Sarah Ikumu, who was a Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent singer last year – and there’ll also be live mu­sic all day.

There’s events that are sure to please the fussi­est of food­ies. Want fresh veg­eta­bles and pro­duce from farms in Abu Dhabi? There’s a Farmer’s Mar­ket. Quite the bak­ing and dessert afi­cionado? Head to the Big Bak­ing Tent, where there will also be master­classes from Mas­ter Pâtissier Eric Lan­lard. There’s even a BBQ Steak-Out by Mas­ter Chef Tarek Ibrahim with guest chefs An­thony Pi­chon, Hat­tem Mat­tar and Mo­ham­mad Or­fali – lis­ten care­fully, be­cause they’ll let you in on all the BBQ se­crets in time for UAE’s grilling sea­son.

It’s not all about the food ei­ther – af­ter gorg­ing on all those ir­re­sistible treats make your way to the Well­ness Pav­il­ion, where you can ac­cess health check-ups, var­i­ous well­ness items and pam­per­ing beauty ser­vices.

Think you can give top chefs a run for their money? Grab your chance to cook along­side your favourite chefs – think Gary Rhodes, San­jeev Kapoor, Reza Ma­ham­mad, Jenny Mor­ris, and lo­cal chefs Mo­ham­mad Or­fali, Tarek Ibrahim, Fathima Ahmed and Hat­tem Mat­tar and An­thony Pi­chon – at a cook­ing chal­lenge.

Why should adults have all the fun? There’s also cook­ing and bak­ing classes for the lit­tle ones (along with free en­try for the un­der 12s), plus a zone that’ll en­ter­tain them with arts and crafts, in­flat­a­bles and face paint­ing. Those lit­tle green fin­gers can also get muddy, with a work­shop where they’ll plant their very own veg­etable seeds to take home and watch grow.

Quite keen to flaunt your bak­ing dec­o­ra­tion skills? The UAE’s big­gest-ever Bake Off com­pe­ti­tion will see you do just that and win Bak­ing and Patis­serie courses worth Dh25,000 at The In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Culi­nary Arts (ICCA) in Dubai.

Visit taste­abud­habi.com to book into all the gourmet fun. For fast-track en­try – with drink and food vouch­ers too! – grab a VIP ticket. Make sure you visit Fri­day mag­a­zine’s pav­il­ion on Novem­ber 9! You’ll have a fan­tas­tic chance to get your pics taken with chef Eric Lan­lard from 3-3.30pm, and Jenny Mor­ris and Reza Ma­ham­mad from 5-5.30pm. That’s not all – bring your glam game and pose to be­come Fri­day’s cover star!

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