Dubai Food Festival launches today as one of the most vibrant culinary destinations

Celebrating Dubai’s status as the culinary capital of the world, Dubai Food Festival will showcase the city’s most exciting gastronomic offerings in a 14-day urban food festival that will run from 2-15 May 2022.

Dubai’s 12,000 restaurants and cafes entice the most passionate food lovers with tempting dishes from around the world – from world-renowned chefs and global restaurant brands to street food and homestyle restaurants inspired by the more than 200 nationalities living in Dubai.

Here’s what’s in store for diners in the city during Dubai Food Festival 2022:

Dubai Restaurant Week (6 – 15 May)

In partnership with 40 of the city’s top restaurants, Dubai Restaurant Week resumes on 6 May with specially designed two-course lunch menus starting from AED 95 or three-course dinner menus starting from AED 150 per person. Visitors can enjoy irresistible dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients, all at an attractive price that can save up to 50 per cent when they visit the restaurant.

Reservations for DRW are now open and places are limited, so reservations are required in advance.

Foodie Experiences (2 – 15 May)

Foodie Experiences, which will run throughout the festival, will feature tables from Dubai’s most anticipated and renowned chefs, master classes, culinary collaborations, as well as unconventional experimental food concepts that are exclusive to DFF.

For all Foodie Experiences events, advance reservations are required by contacting the restaurant of your choice directly.

My Hidden Gems competition (2 – 15 May)

Dubai is dotted with many hidden culinary gems, and the city’s budget food has always been a focus for DFF. Restaurateurs across the city are invited to become advocates of their favourite restaurants by entering the ‘My Hidden Gems’ competition.

By visiting three different restaurants with a maximum budget of AED 100, making a short video of different dishes and publishing it tagged @dubaieats, the best entries that match the theme of their destination (e.g. type of cuisine, location, etc.) will have a chance to win cash prizes with a total budget of AED 100,000.

Big Eid Breakfast promotion (2 – 6 May)

The festival, which brings families and friends together through food during the special Eid al-Fitr period, is offering 18 ‘Big Eid Breakfast’ promotions across the city from May 2-6, featuring authentic breakfasts of different nationalities and cultures. Participating restaurants include Bull and Bear, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki, Hillhouse Brasserie, Mezzerie, Gastro Kitchen and others.

Made in Dubai (2-15 May)

Dubai’s thriving restaurant industry is full of homegrown restaurants, cafes and food concepts. During DFF 2022, visitors will be able to enjoy exclusive menus, value propositions, special dishes and masterclasses from some of the city’s most beloved restaurants.

MENA’s 50 Best (2 – 15 May)

Dubai is home to 16 restaurants on MENA’s Top 50 list. As part of DFF 2022, a special line-up of experiences will be offered at some of these renowned establishments between 2-15 May. Highlights include special Dubai Restaurant Week menus at restaurants such as LOWE, BB Social Dining and Indochine, as well as an exclusive chef’s table at Reif Kushiyaki and a delicious vegan menu at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro.

Comedy Bizarre (13 – 20 May)

As part of the Dubai Food Festival, Bla Bla Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence will host Comedy Bizarre from 13 to 20 May. The dinner and show menu will touch on a variety of gastronomic palettes, offering cuisines from around the world as well as laughter from local Dubai talent and internationally renowned comedians.

Citywide events (2 – 15 May)

During DFF 2022, diners in the city can enjoy unique experiences at events across the city, including Time Out Market celebrating its first birthday with three days of festivities on 2, 3 and 4 May, and a calendar of master classes and cooking classes at Ripe Market from 6 to 15 May.

From 12-14 May, Galeries Lafayette will host the Chocolate Show, where chocolate lovers can visit chocolate booths, cooking workshops, classes and more.

Retail promotions (2-15 May)

To celebrate the annual festival, malls and attractions across the city will be offering exclusive deals on food, offers and entertainment for the whole family. Throughout DFF, there are Share Rewards programmes at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira, a special food photography workshop at City Centre Deira and a range of promotions at shops across the city, including Marks and Spencer, Nespresso and Starbucks.

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