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Dubai Food Festival excites tourists with dine & win promo

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Dubai’s annual citywide culinary celebration, Dubai Food Festival (DFF), is set to return this year. Billed to open on February 22 to March 10, the programme will be serving up an enticing feast of events, activities and promotions across the city.

Now in it’s fifth edition, the 17-day programme showcases the variety of dining options available across Dubai and provides an opportunity for foodies to try some of the best gastronomic experiences the city has to offer.

Residents and visitors alike are invited to grab a plate and tuck in: whether an exquisite gourmet me al at one of Dubai’s finest restaurants, a delicious meal from a new food concept at the beach, or a snack at a small eatery they’ve not heard about yet. The celebration of food will come to life with a whole host of tasty events across the city, including the trendy Street Nights, family-friendly Kite Festival, or the culinary star-studded Taste of Dubai.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), and organisers of the festival, said, “Dubai Food Festival has been instrumental in establishing Dubai as a culinary destination both within the region and across the world, and we are delighted to celebrate its fifth edition this year. From luxury dining to food trucks, local Emirati delicacies to a world of flavours, Dubai Food Festival has it all, and we look forward to bringing together people from across different cultures and tastes – all in the name of food.”

With celebrations taking place all over the city, Dubai Food Festival also brings back key highlights including Etisalat Beach Canteen, Dubai Restaurant Week, Hidden Gems, and Dine & Win promotion.

Etisalat Beach Canteen, the festival’s flagship event, returns this year and will be located Jumeirah Beach behind Sunset Mall, serving up delicious food and exciting activities for the entire family. The free-to-attend beachside hang out will run through the duration of the festival and is set to welcome new home-grown restaurants such as Bait Maryam and Zapiekanka as well as Poke Poke; Hub 1833; and Nablus, known for its artisan Kanafeh.

The crème de la crème of Dubai’s fine dining scene take centre stage at Dubai Restaurant Week, with 15 high-end restaurants across the city offering a limited-edition 3-course menu for only AED 199. Exclusively available from 22 February to 3 March, the meals offer world-class dining experiences with spectacular views of Dubai.

Favourites such as ScapeRestaurant and Lounge and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchenare back with scrumptious new menus, while new culinary gems likefolly by Nick & Scott,LIMA Dubai and Toro + Koare set to tantalise taste buds with their fresh new takes on Peruvian and Spanish cuisine.

Inviting residents of Dubai to speak from the heart, Hidden Gems highlights hitherto undiscovered eateries across the city. Spanning traditional Emirati food and authentic ethnic delights in both Old and New Dubai, along with small boutiques that offer a taste of home, 35 independent venues were shortlisted and nominated for public voting earlier this year.

The festival truly goes citywide with DFF’s ‘Dine & Win’ promotion, returning this year after a successful inaugural run in 2017. In partnership with Zomato and Dubai Shopping Malls Group, Dine & Win gives residents and visitors the opportunity to win big if they dine at any participating restaurants in select malls across the city. Customers dining during DFF and spending a minimum of AED 50 will receive a raffle coupon that will entitle them to enter a lucky draw to win multiple prizes.


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