Here is the foodies’ calendar listing the must-visit food festivals in Dubai.
Explore the authentic flavours of Dubai at the Dubai Food Festival, the largest Emirates food celebration. A two-week-long food festival in Dubai is a haven for culinary enthusiasts, showcasing the unique food culture of the city. Ranging from the best fine dining experiences to exploring the hidden gems in Dubai, you have got it all covered. The best part of the Dubai Food Festival is that it provides the opportunity to explore Dubai streets as well!
Dubai Restaurant Week
The Dubai Restaurant Week, a part of the Dubai Food Festival composes of exclusively curated three-course menus from the best restaurants in Dubai at affordable prices.
Best Part of The Dubai Restaurant Week
Top chefs from across the globe converge to provide visitors with a brilliant experience along with masterclasses, workshops, themed tours as well.
Date: Around February-March
Tickets: Free Entry, pay-as-you-go for what you eat
Must try: Fido’s Food Truck Alley at Beach Canteen, Grills and Indian Food at the Street Food Fair
2. Flavours of DubaiThe ‘Taste of Dubai’ held during March is yet another gourmet delight exhibiting the city’s best restaurants, popular food and drink brands and culinary delights from the top chefs. Taste of Dubai is an annual event hosting over 25,000 visitors from across the world. At the Taste of Dubai, you have the chance to catch world-class chefs in action.
Venue: Dubai Media City Ampitheatre
VIP - AED 255
Standard - AED 80-155
3. Dubai Hummus FestivalHummus lovers, Al Maeda, a Dubai restaurant in Dubai organising a special hummus festival on the International Hummus Day shout out to you! If you can spread across your favourite hummus with any bread at any time of the day, the Dubai Hummus Festival is the place to celebrate your love for this traditional Middle-Eastern delicacy. Held for over a week, this food festival in Dubai offers you a wide range of hummus flavours to dip your pita or to just eat right off the plate. Apart from hummus, the Dubai Hummus Festival would host an elaborate Iftar buffet offering you a range of Arabic and Middle Eastern cuisines as well!
Date: Around 13th May
Venue: Al Maeda, Double Tree by Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah Beach
Tickets: AED 139 for the Iftar Buffet
Must try: All the distinct flavours of hummus, including pistachio and Beiruti
4. Dubai Cheese FestivalIf you are a cheese devotee eating, sleeping and dreaming in cheddar, parmesan and gouda, the Dubai Cheese Festival is your pitch! Organised by the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi the Dubai Cheese Festival is the largest of its kind across the Middle East. Offering an array of cheese from across the world, you could also witness traditional Indian, Italian, Greek and Latin American cheese based cooking sessions at this fromage fest.
Venue: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
5. Miami Vibes Food
This exciting food festival in Dubai puts together the best eateries in town serving the Miami flavours in the Middle East. A delight for Instagrammers, the Miami Vibes is set within the picturesque surrounding. Dive into the world of Churros, milkshakes, burgers and frozen yoghurts and experience the unique dishes from the food trucks in Dubai at the Miami Vibe Food Festival
Venue: City Walk, Dubai
Must Try: Churros by YBRd, Rock & Rolls, Retro7 Cafe
6. Speciality Food FestivalThe gastronomic capital of the Emirates, Dubai hosts the Speciality Food Festival with leading Middle Eastern chefs and exclusive retailers showcasing their best palates under one roof. From delicious vegetarian food to Halal products, the Speciality Food Festival has a lot to offer. Apart from quality delicacies, there are country-specific events such as cooking competitions hosted by celebrity chefs at this exhibition.
Date: 6th to 8th April, 2020
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Tickets: Free Entry, Options of Online/Offline Registration
7. Tawlet X InkedLooking for Lebanese flavours in Dubai? The cooks of Tawlet associated with INKED host the Tawlet X Inked, an exclusive Lebanon-based food festival during the month of Ramzan. A week-long food festival in Dubai, the Tawlet X Inked offers a lavish range of Lebanese home cooking with regularly changing Iftar and dinner menus. Drive down to the Alserkal Avenue and experience this food roller coaster indulged in a collection of Lebanese flavours.
Date: Second Week Of MayApart from the culinary festivals, Dubai is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit during Ramzan. Try out their delectable Iftar spreads at any restaurant in the city and it will surely be one of your best experiences. This list of food festivals in Dubai will give visitors an extra slice of the usual extravagant Emirate.
Venue: Inked, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
Children (5 to 11 years) - AED 130
Adults - AED 275