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At the Beach Canteen, tons of fun little food trucks will be on hand, serving up both classic and modern takes on crowd favourite snacks

Cheat guide to Dubai Food Festival 2019

Dubai is a place of extravagance and indulgence: so it makes sense that its annual Food Festival from 21 February to 9 March is a massive celebration of some of the best eats you can find from around the world.

More reason for a quick getaway to desert city Dubai

Dubai is a place of extravagance and indulgence: so it makes sense that its annual Food Festival from 21 February to 9 March is a massive celebration of some of the best eats you can find from around the world.

There’s a whorl of activities going on, with tons of fringe events and special areas set up for guests to savour all sorts of different cuisines.

We’ve done a quick pick for you so you can experience almost every aspect of the 2019 Dubai Food Festival – while sampling cuisines from around the world.

Top international restaurants will offer special gourmet menus during the festival’s Restaurant Week

Dubai’s best gourmet spots during Restaurant Week

You might already be familiar with the concept of Restaurant Week: its the time where the city’s most exclusive restaurants curate a special menu at unbeatable prices, allowing guests to sample some of the city’s most exemplary cooking.

Head to the lively Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho Dubai for incredible cuts of meat, all spiced to perfection. If you want a stunning view to go with your meal, Bleu Blanc serves up authentic French cuisine in a glamorous setting that overlooks shimmering water in the desert city.

Over 20 restaurants will have specially curated three-course menus for Restaurant Week. See the full list here.

Discover a myriad of hidden gems during the Food Festival
Discover a myriad of hidden gems during the Food Festival

Discover Dubai’s culinary gems

Slip away from the crowds and discover your new favourite food hot-spot. From the bustling streets of Bur Dubai to the thriving cultural centre of Jumeirah, head off on your own food trail with this list of lesser-known dining spots.

There’s the adventurous Mexican-Filipino Cancios Restaurant – whose ultra-vibrant food is sure to delight all your senses – or the homely, hearty African comfort foods from Catfish. Start planning your food trail with this list of hidden gems throughout Dubai.

From Mediterranean to Middle Eastern, a bevy of cuisines can be found at the Dubai Food Festival 2019
From Mediterranean to Middle Eastern, a bevy of cuisines can be found at the Dubai Food Festival 2019

Sample everything at the sprawling Beach Canteen

For two weeks, Dubai’s Sunset Beach will transform into a vibrant culinary hotspot dubbed the Beach Canteen. This sprawling outdoor venue will house over 60 food trucks and indie shops. It is the best way to dive in and sample a myriad of cuisines and snacks in one place: from Polish street food to authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, you’ll definitely find something you love here.

While you’re digesting, a laundry list of activities await on the beach, including cooking demonstrations and live entertainment. There are even fitness courses available throughout the Beach Canteen to prepare you for the next round of eating – and rest assured, you’ll definitely want to make room for more. ◼

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© This article was first published online in Feb 2019 – World Travel Magazine.

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