Heads up: Dubai Food Festival is back

The 9th festival returns from May 2 till May 15, showcasing the best of Dubai’s culinary scene, with 40 of the city’s best restaurants and many culinary events. Bookings are now available and are highly recommended

The 9th Dubai Food Festival (DFF) is back in full force from May 2 till May 15. It is a celebration of the city’s global culinary status with a fortnight of city-wide events, the best authentic cuisine by Dubai’s local chefs, world-acclaimed fine dining restaurants, and masterclasses by leading chefs with some iconic views of Dubai.

Dubai Restaurant Week (May 6-15)

Forty of the city’s best restaurants have partnered with the DFF, and Dubai Restaurant Week returns specially curated menus of irresistible dishes made of the freshest ingredients, all at great prices and savings of up to 50% – 3-course dinners start from AED150 per person or 2-course lunches from AED95.

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This year’s Dubai Restaurant Week welcomes some of the city’s best-recognized restaurants, including some listed in MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 – LOWE, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki, and Indochine on top of some recently launched hotspots such as 11 Woodfire and Tamoka.

Bookings are now open, and seating is limited, so reservations must be made in advance. You can book a table through Open Table and find the complete list of restaurants at Dubai Food Festival.

Foodie Experiences (May 2-15)

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If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind food adventures across Dubai, DFF welcomes the return of Foodie Experiences, running for the entire duration of the festival and featuring a curated series of Dubai’s most highly anticipated and prominent chef tables, masterclasses, gastronomic collaborations, and out-of-the-box dining concepts exclusive to DFF.

Highlights include a sushi-making class with Chef Tatsu at 1004 Gourmet, multi-course menus made of food scraps at Lowe, and a Paella Masterclass at Suq Restaurant (at Four Seasons).

If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you can also expect appearances by celebrity chefs, specially curated menus by restaurants Made in Dubai, and a celebration of Eid Al Fitr with the Eid Big Breakfast – authentic breakfast experiences for both dine-in and delivery; malls across the city will offer one-time-only promotions; and residents will be able to identify their favorite Hidden Gem restaurants with DFF’s Social Eats Competition. Families will have lots of fun at Time Out Market and Ripe Market, and exclusive dining offers will be offered as part of the Dubai Comedy Festival.

Photo: Dubai Economy and Tourism

Bookings are now open, and since seating is limited, diners are encouraged to secure their places now.

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