Dubai Food Festival 2016: #DubaiFoodFest

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Dubai Food Festival 2016


The Dubai Food Festival 2016. WOW!!! What an incredible experience!!! I can honestly say that this year has been bigger and better than previous years! Every year it celebrates Dubai’s emergence as a gastronomic destination. Offering a calendar of exciting food-related events and promotions, highlighting Dubai’s unique food scene, its personalities and it’s world-class dining experiences. The world’s best food trucks have flown in, Kite Beach is set up as a foodie hub and the city’s finest restaurants have prepared affordable three-course menus. There is something for everyone! 🙂


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Australian Celebrity Chefs

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Star studded dishes

DINE WITH THE STARS: Dubai Food Festival 2016 introduced the first ever ‘Dine With The Stars’ concept on Friday, 26th February, to a sold out crowd. The magical night at Armani Pavilion at Armani Hotel saw food lovers gather to taste the most delicious dishes prepared by the top five Australian Celebrity Chefs!! Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris from Aussie MasterChef, the lovely Matt Moran and Shannon Bennett, and Frenchman in Australia Manu Feildel (who reality TV fans will know from My Kitchen Rules).


The Dine with the Stars menu for the night included:
– Marron, Tarragon, Coral (My favorite!!)
– Dukkah crusted Salmon with pumpkin and liquorish puree, honey dressing
– Roast Chicken & Carrots, Yellow carrot hummus, parsnip crunch, jus gras
– Veal Brisket, Shitake Bonito Tea
– Peach Baklava


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Meeting Andy Bates


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Dubai Chef’s Table

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Amazing dishes by Andy Bates

DUBAI CHEF’S TABLE: This was an opportunity of a lifetime! A 3 course meal prepared by celebrity chef, Andy Bates who is known for his hearty street food. His modern twists on classic dishes are fuelled by his international travels and a passion for re-discovering and cooking great British food. I was given the opportunity to be amongst a lucky 8 people to dine in a pop-up style 3 story shipping container on Sheikh Zayed Road. What an amazing experience!!


Chef’s table menu for the night included:
– Scotch Eggs
– Proper Fish & Chips
– Custard Tart


The menu was so simple, yet so unbelievably delicious!! This is a big call, but I would have to say that this was the best Fish & Chips, I have ever had!! Crispy on the outside, not too oily and melt-in-your-mouth fish inside, which has been cooked to perfection. WOW!!!!


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BEACH CANTEEN: There are many fun attractions and entertainment and Beach Canteen. One of my highlights was my cook off with Chef Faisal who is a 1/2 Emirati and 1/2 Kuwaiti. What an honor!! We did a simple demonstration on how to make Alfredo Pasta using only 3 very simple ingredients: Pasta, butter and parmesan cheese. Chef Faisal plated his dish in a restaurant style, whilst I served mine, home style, showing how easy it is to make it at home!! I must admit, I did put half as much butter in my dish, than in Chef Faisal’s dish 😉


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The Cheese Truck

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Milo & Hector’s

EAT THE WORLD DXB: London’s best meals on wheels flew in for a special food truck festival as part of the Dubai Food Festival. This was such a cool experience as it was such a great day to spend in the park with lots of entertainment and of course, FOOD!!! It’s very exciting to see the food truck scene growing in Dubai, and London has been setting the example for years. My top picks were the grilled cheese sandwiches from The Cheese Truck and ice-cream sandwiches from Milo & Hector’s. YUM!!!!


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Beach Canteen

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Fruit Salad Ting Irie

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