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An A-Z exploration of Dubai food festival 2023



Dubai Food Festival (DFF), the city’s annual culinary celebration of the region’s largest food festival, returns for its 10th edition starting today with epic foodie experiences, gastronomic explorations, all-new pop ups and much more. This A-Z list of experiences and activities taking place at the festival is a snapshot of just a handful of the elements of the event to look forward to!

A – Authentic experiences: From diverse foodie experiences to unique culinary concepts including Dubai Restaurant Week, Chefs in Town and 10 Dirham Dish, Dubai Food Festival provides guests with an authentic insight and taste of the world’s most celebrated cuisines, from the spice routes of Asia to indulgent European dishes, fresh Emirati flavours and much more.

B – Beach side dining: Enjoy pop up restaurants on one of Dubai’s most popular beaches, with the Etisalat by e& Beach Canteen at Jumeirah Beach, behind Sunset Mall, from 4pm until midnight.

C – Chefs in Town: Indulge in one-of-a-kind experiences from award-winning chefs, with private chef experiences and masterclasses for kids at Reif Japanese Kushiyaki with Chef Reif Othman to caviar tasting menus with Chef Gregoire Berger at Atlantis The Palm, Chefs Tables at Kinara by Vikas with Vikas Khanna, and much more.

D – Dubai Restaurant Week: Savour specially curated menus at more than 50 of Dubai’s top restaurants at great value price points with two-course lunches starting from just AED95 per person and three-course dinners from AED150. For bookings please visit

E – Etisalat by e& Beach Canteen Music: Groove to live music performances while sampling delicious street food, from Middle Eastern delicacies and homegrown experiences to international favourites.

F – Foodie Experiences: Up to 100 foodie experiences, visitors can choose from DFF’s special Masterclasses, exclusive Chef’s Tables, culinary collaborations, kid-friendly experiences, special tasting menus and immersive experiential events, with special appearances from award-winning chefs. For bookings please visit

G – Gulf Photo Plus: Don’t miss the ‘Food Focus Dubai’ photography exhibition taking place at  Etisalat by e& Beach Canteen to explore the city’s culinary scene through the eyes of the winning photographers, in association with Gulf Photo Plus

H – Hidden Gems: Take a food tour of the city’s lesser-known culinary hotspots and hidden gems in International City with Frying Pan Adventures as part of Foodie Experiences.

I – International Chefs: Watch chefs from different countries collaborate and create unique dishes, with experiences including collaborative four hand dinners at Demon Duck with Chef Alvin Leung and Chef Eric Chong.

J – Japanese dining: Enjoy the best of Japanese cuisine throughout the city, from sushi cooking class with Chef Schilo Van Coevorden at Taiko to the Omakase experience at Katsuya and many more in the Foodie Experiences programme.

K – Kids’ Zone: Keep the little ones entertained with fun food-related activities and workshops such as the Black Tap kids CrazyShake masterclass, a pizza and cookie making masterclass at Marina Social, and Arabian Tea House workshop, details in the Foodie Experiences programme.

L – Live Cooking Demonstrations: Watch expert chefs create culinary masterpieces before your eyes including a live cooking demonstration with two masterful French chefs, Nicolas Lemoyne, Chef de cuisine at Brasserie Boulud and Romain Castet, Executive Pastry Chef of Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk as part of the Foodie Experiences programme.

M – Multicultural cuisine: Try dishes from over 200 cultures which feed into Dubai’s rich culinary landscape, from Asian to European, Caribbean, South American, Arabic and beyond.

N – Nights with chefs: Indulge in one off foodie experiences with private and exclusive Chef’s Table evenings at venues such as Clap, Nobu, Torno Subito, Akira Back, City Social and many more.

O – Out and About: From  outdoor foodie markets and activations such as Etisalat by e& Beach Canteen, What the Food at AlSerkal Avenue, Time Out Market’s 2nd Anniversary to pop-up restaurants, and music events.

P – Perfectly seasoned delights: Enjoy an array of dishes starting from just AED10 across the festival, from a host of restaurants throughout 10 Dirham Dish and the number of incredible venues as part of Dubai Restaurant Week, including Boca, 21 Grams, COYA, Lowe and many more.

Q – Quintessentially Dubai: Experience the very best of homegrown Dubai restaurants through Dubai Restaurant Week and 10 Dirham Dish, as well as learning first-hand from some of Dubai’s most loved chefs across the thrilling Foodie Experiences.

R – Retail & shopping: Shop the best foodie items and accessories at Dubai Food Festival, across the festival food fanatics can buy products such as gourmet ingredients, kitchen tools, or food-related souvenirs. For all DFF related offers and promotions, visit

S – Street Food: Street food fans can indulge in an array of offerings, including an Akiba Dori x Tano’s at 8 exclusive 5-course street food dining experience.

T – Ten Dirham Dish: In celebration of the 10 years of DFF, this year marks the first edition of ‘10 Dirham Dish’ where more than 150 restaurants have launched a signature dish for just AED10!

U – Ultimate Foodie Experience: Go on a culinary journey with a curated menu featuring the best of Dubai’s cuisine, with exclusive offerings such as Aura Skylounge’s private dinner in the sky.

V – Vegan & Vegetarian Menu Options: As part of Foodie Experiences, explore Dubai’s plant-based food scene with a variety of masterclasses learning how to make vegan and vegetarian dishes, with highlights such as the Vietnamese Foodies Vegan Rainbow Summer Roll masterclass and the 16 course vegetarian tasting menu at Avatara, Dubai’s first and only all-vegetarian degustation fine dining experience.

W – Waste free concepts & experiences: Dine with zero guilt at MICHELIN’s ‘Green Star’ sustainable restaurant LOWE or enjoy an Italian cooking masterclass at Social with gourmet dishes using sustainable ingredients and implementing zero waste management methods as part of Foodie Experiences.

X – Xtraordinary Food Adventures: Try unique and unusual dishes that push the boundaries of traditional cuisine, with Indian fusion at Varq and an innovative take on a quintessential afternoon tea with a modern Asian twist at Taiko.

Y – Yoga & Wellness Activities: Balance your love of food with yoga and wellness activities at Etisalat by e& Beach Canteen.

Z – Zomato partnership: Zomato is the official partner of the 10 Dirham Dish activity.



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