Dubai: Food fans in the city still have time to get their hands on some of the best culinary experiences on the annual calendar, with Dubai Food Festival until 17 April 2021.
Celebrating the culinary capital of the region, diners in the city are encouraged to try out ‘once in a lifetime’ gastronomic experiences while they last – including signature dishes, masterclasses, chef’s tables, and bespoke dining experiences, in partnership with the city’s best restaurants. Additionally, Dubai Restaurant Week is running until 10 April, meaning that foodies in the city have three more days to make the most of gourmet global at very special festival prices for lunch and dinner.
Here’s what diners in the city still have to look forward to as part of DFF 2021:
Dubai Restaurant Week (Running until 10 April)
Dubai Restaurant Week (DRW) offers a calendar of exclusive dining experiences in partnership with the city’s best restaurants. With specially curated 3 course dinner or 2 course lunch menus at exceptional prices - with lunch starting from just AED95, and dinner starting from AED150 per person. The specially curated menus feature the restaurants most irresistible dishes – all at incredible price that save customers up to 50 per cent Diners have three more days to make their DRW booking for 2021, choosing from a selection of restaurants including Brasserie Boulud, Mama Zonia, Observatory, Rhodes W1, Social Company Zabeel House, Taiko, The London Project, The Maine Land Brasserie, Zeta, Chicago Meatpackers, Hotel Cartagena and Hell’s Kitchen.
Last chance to book. A link to the full line-up of participating DRW restaurants can be found here.
Foodie Experiences (Dates available until 10 April)
Delivering unique, one-of-a-kind food adventures with a curated list of Dubai’s most anticipated masterclasses, chef’s tables and experimental dining experiences in unique venues across the city. Residents and visitors still have the chance to choose from a variety of experiences including desert dining with Platinum Heritage, a Romantic Dinner by The Beach at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, a chefs table at Bice Ristorante, plus much more!
The list of Foodie Experiences still available to book can be found here.
Hidden Gems (Running until 10 April)
Dubai is dotted with numerous hidden culinary gems, and to celebrate these resident-favourite pocket-friendly eats, DFF has revealed a list of 33 of the best Hidden Gems in the city. Discover your new favourite hole in the wall for your chance to win. Tell us what your think by rating and reviewing your experience with Zomato! Make sure to include a photo with the DFF place card that you’ll find on your table as part of your review. Winners will be selected at random and announced on 17 April 2021.
A list of this year’s Hidden Gems can be found here.
Dine and Win (Running until 17 April)
There’s still time to win! In partnership with Zomato, the classic ‘Dine & Win’ promotion is running until April 17, whereby those that spend AED 50 at up to 2,800 participating outlets are in with the chance of winning a three-month Zomato Pro membership and the grand prize, a GAC GS3 SUV! The winner will be announced on the 17 April 2021.
Home Edition (Running until 17 April)
Shoppers in the city can still be in with the chance to win a years’ worth of groceries at selected hypermarkets including Waitrose, Spinneys, Al Maya, Lulu-Hypermarket and Union Coop when they spend AED 250 or more at participating branches. Ten winners will be chosen to take home AED 50,000 each. A total of AED 500,000 worth of grocery shopping vouchers will be given away, which will be announced in a raffle draw!
Foodcations (Running until 17 April)
Take your staycation to the next level by indulging in a foodcation, at some of the city’s finest hotels. Enjoy a great stay and amazing food, all in one place. Hotels participating include The Meydan Hotel, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort, Armani Hotel Dubai, Grand Hyatt Dubai, and much more!
A list of the participating hotels can be found here.
Mall Events and Citywide Attractions (Running until 10 April)
To celebrate the annual festival, malls and attractions around the city are offering exclusive dining deals, experiences and fun for the whole family. Participating outlets include City Walk, Mercato Shopping Mall, The Beach, La Mer, The Pointe, City Centre Deira, City Center Mirdiff, Mall of The Emirates, Dubai Festival City Mall and The Dubai Mall.
Foodies can also enjoy citywide attractions including La Perle and a delicious ice cream challenge at Global Village.
Ripe Market will be back on the 9 and 10 April whereby special masterclasses will be on offer with homegrown chefs as well as What The Food which will be taking place at Al Serkal avenue from Wednesday.
The city’s hotels are also getting involved in Dubai Food Festival with dining experiences and deals.
The Hilton group of hotels, who have 13 restaurants participating, including Skafos, Bull & Bear, Bice Restorante, and Social by Heinz Beck, across eight of their Dubai based properties for this year’s DFF. The programme – which focuses on Hilton’s locally based talent – will bring to life a number of innovative F&B activations and promotions that will cover a diverse range of cuisines, while creating thoughtful and unique dining experiences for the duration of the festival.
Park Hyatt Dubai and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club are offering special dining deals and experiences until 12 April at some of their iconic F&B venues including Thai Kitchen, Cielo Sky Lounge and Casa de Tapas.
With unique dining experiences at some Dubai’s most iconic restaurants as well as the chance to win exclusive prizes and make the most of one-time-only promotions, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy the annual festival of food while it lasts. Seats are limited, so book while you can.
All dining experiences, events and activations during DFF will follow prevailing safety protocols and social distancing guidelines to ensure a safe experience for all.
For more information and a full update on DFF activities, please visit www.dubaifoodfestival.com and @dubaifoodfest on social media channels.