Dubai Food Festival 2022 set to tantalize taste buds from 2-15 May: Bookings now open

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  • Dubai Food Festival (DFF) returns from 2 – 15 May 2022  
  • Culinary events and experiences will showcase the best of Dubai’s food scene from restaurants across the city
  • Bookings are now available for renowned dining events, Dubai Restaurant Week, and Foodie Experiences

Dubai Food Festival (DFF), the city’s annual festival of food, is back! Celebrating Dubai’s global gastronomy status, the 14-day, city-wide festival of food will return between 2–15 May 2022 to showcase Dubai’s most exciting culinary offerings.

Returning for the ninth edition, this year’s festival will take guests on an immersive tour of a city home to more than 200 nationalities and renowned for its rich culinary diversity. DFF will showcase the best authentic homegrown cuisine and concepts created by Dubai’s local food heroes, as well as world-acclaimed fine dining restaurants, experiences, and masterclasses by leading chefs with views of Dubai’s iconic locations.

Festival favourites, Dubai Restaurant Week, and Foodie Experiences will once again headline DFF with exclusive dining experiences. Bookings are now open and with limited spaces available, diners are encouraged to secure their seats now. Here’s what is in store from the flagship events this DFF:

Dubai Restaurant Week (6 – 15 May)

In partnership with 40 of the city’s best restaurants, Dubai Restaurant Week (DRW) returns from 6 May with specially curated 3-course dinner menus starting from AED150 per person or 2-course lunch menus starting from AED95. Diners in the city will be able to enjoy irresistible dishes using the freshest ingredients – all at an attractive price that saves customers up to 50 percent when dining out.

This year’s DRW welcomes some of the city’s most recognised restaurants, including some of those listed in MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 such as LOWE, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki, and Indochine, as well as hotspots that have launched in 2021/22 such as 11 Woodfire and Tamoka.

Diners will also be able to enjoy restaurants with iconic views and global names at special DRW prices, including 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Hutong, and Inti, to name a few.

DRW bookings are now open and spaces are limited, so reservations must be made in advance. Bookings can be made through Open Table https://www.opentable.ae/ and the full list of restaurants can be found at www.dubaifoodfestival.com.

*The full list of restaurants participating in Dubai Restaurant Week 2022 can be found below

Foodie Experiences (2 – 15 May)

Those looking for unique, one-of-a-kind food adventures across Dubai, DFF will welcome the return of Foodie Experiences, which will run for the entire duration of DFF (2-15 May) and feature a curated series of Dubai’s most anticipated and prominent chef tables, masterclasses, culinary collaborations as well as out-of-the-box experiential dining concepts that are exclusive to DFF.

Highlights for this edition include a sushi making class with Chef Tatsu at 1004 Gourmet, multi-course menus from would-be-food-waste scraps at Lowe, as well as a Paella Masterclass at Suq Restaurant (Four Seasons), among others.

Reservations for all Foodie Experiences are required in advance, by contacting the chosen restaurant directly.

*The full list of Foodie Experiences available during DFF 2022 can be found below

If that isn’t enough to entice the most discerning foodie, diners in the city can expect more events as part of DFF 2022 to be announced soon, including appearances by celebrity chefs and specially curated menus by ‘Made in Dubai’ restaurants. DFF will also be celebrating Eid Al Fitr with Eid Big Breakfast – which will offer authentic breakfast experiences for both dine-in and delivery, and cater to various nationalities and cultures across the city.

There will also be one-time-only promotions in malls across the city up for grabs and new to DFF 2022, residents will be able to identify their favourite Hidden Gem restaurants in the city with DFF’s Social Eats Competition, to be in with a chance of winning! 

Exclusive dining offers will also be up for grabs as part of the Dubai Comedy Festival as well as dining deals, experiences, and fun for the whole family at Time Out Market and Ripe Market, plus much more!   www.dubaifoodfestival.com 

Full list of restaurants participating in Dubai Restaurant Week 2022:

Restaurant NameCuisineOffering
11 WoodfireWoodfire CuisineLunch and Dinner
21 GramsBallkanLunch and Dinner
Al NafoorahLebaneseLunch and Dinner
99 Sushi Bar and RestaurantJapaneseLunch and Dinner
BastionEuropeanLunch and Dinner
BB SocialModern EasternLunch and Dinner
BellaItalianLunch and Dinner
Bread Street KitchenEuropeanLunch and Dinner
Bull & BearInternationalDinner
Carnival By Trèsind *IndianLunch and Dinner
ClapAsian FusionLunch and Dinner
CMPAmerican/ SteakhouseLunch and Dinner
COYAPeruvianLunch and Dinner
Fi’liaItalianLunch
Hell’s KitchenBritish, EuropeanLunch and Dinner
Hotel CartagenaLatin AmericanDinner
HutongChineseLunch and Dinner
IndochineFrench-VietnameseLunch
Indya by VineetIndianLunch and Dinner
IntiPeruvianDinner
IsolaItalianLunch and Dinner
LOWEModern EuropeanLunch and Dinner
Maison MathisEuropeanLunch and Dinner
MareaItalianLunch
Marina SocialBritishLunch and Dinner
MastiIndianLunch and Dinner
Miss TessAsian FusionDinner
NoepeSeafoodLunch and Dinner
Pierres Bistro and BarFrenchDinner
Reform Social GrillBritish/GastropubLunch and Dinner
Reif Japanese KushiyakiJapaneseLunch and Dinner
RokaJapaneseLunch and Dinner
SucreLatin AmericanLunch and Dinner
TamokaLatin AmericanLunch and Dinner
The HideSteakhouseDinner
The London Project InternationalLunch and Dinner
The Maine Land BrasserieEuropeanLunch
The MAINE Street EateryInternationalLunch and Dinner
Toro ToroLatin AmericanDinner
Weslodge SaloonAmericanLunch and Dinner

Full list of Foodie Experiences available as part of DFF 2022:

Masterclasses
1004 Gourmet: Sushi and Dumpling making classesLearn the art of Sushi and Dumpling making with 1004 Gourmet’s exclusive masterclasses. Learn from the experts and get hands-on as you learn the art of Japanese cooking.PRICE: AED350 pp AED299 pp vegDATES: May 8 (Sushi class), May 12 (Dumpling class)
Mondoux: Chocolate Dessert Creation Masterclass with 3 course dinnerLearn the skills required to create one of Mondoux’s signature desserts – the Chocolate Bowl – as well as sample some of the restaurant’s best dishes through a specially curated three-course dinner menu.PRICE: AED325 ppDATES: May 5, 12
Teible: Low Waste Sourdough Class with Chef SheerinLearn how to minimize waste at home with Teible’s masterclass in creating sourdough from scratch by repurposing discarded ingredients. Guests can expect to walk about away with the Teible’s ‘Mimi’, the 7 year-old sourdough recipe.PRICE: AED550 ppDATES: May 9
Teible: Fermentation workshop with Chef CarlosGain an insight to the complex world of fermentation, comparing the reactions of different ingredients: vegetable, liquid form & dairy. The interactive masterclass with Chef Carlos provides first-hand exposure to the mechanism & benefits of fermentations in depth.PRICE: AED550 ppDATES: May 10
Chef Tables
Brix: Experience the BRIX journeyTake a taste adventure of all the senses around the world with The Escape, a 5-course multi-sensory sweet journey ledby Chef Carmen Rueda Hernandez and her team. PRICE: AED325 ppDATES: Tuesday – Sunday
Avatara: Vegetarian Chefs TableAn exclusively curated, vegetarian fine dining experience. The menu is inspired by humble seasonal ingredients that are pure, clean, natural, and energy-containing. The cuisine uses fresh produce and dairy products from the local farms.PRICE: AED368 ppDATES: May 2 – 15
Reif Kushiyaki: The Experience by Reif OthmanThe Experience has always kept the premium omakase menu and ingredients a well-kept secret to those that avail it. Exclusively for the Dubai Food Festival, the brilliant chefs at Reif Japanese Kushiyaki headed by Reif Othman will unveil a key ingredient which will be utilized in most if not all the dishes.PRICE: AED 388 ppDATES: May 2 – 13
BOCA: Sustainable Chefs TableA Chef’s Table Tasting Experience where vegetables take center stage, and skins, stems, seeds and ugly produce get a second chance. We bring you a dining experience with a low carbon footprint, and without compromising on taste.PRICE: AED 345 ppDATES: 2 – 7 May, 12 – 14 May
Conrad: Anasa Greek Dining ExperienceExperiential dining with local produce, authentic flavors and al fresco dining in the beautiful outdoor newly opened Greek tavern, surrounded by lush gardens and palm trees recreating a true magical island atmosphere. The authentic gastronomic experience is accompanied by live cooking and chef’s introduction at the table.No-nonsense, genuine Greek food focused on the island’s dishes as a 4-course menu.PRICE: AED 290 ppDATES: Daily (except Sunday) between 2 – 14 May
Culinary Collaborations
Shai Salon: Paella Master Eduardo Torres at Shai SalonExperience a truly authentic paella from Valencia, cooked by a true pioneer and artist, Chef Eduardo. Highly regarded in the culinary world for perfecting paellas, Chef Eduardo comes from a family who has been cultivating rice for years and oversees the farming process from grain to pot.PRICE: Starting from AED 145 ppDATES: May 3 – 5
Platinum Heritage x Akmal Anuar: A Desert Dinner with Celebrity Chef Akmal AnuarBe one of the first to experience the brand-new menu in collaboration between Chef Musaab from Platinum Heritage and Chef Akmal from White Rice. Diners can expect an evening of entertainment, guest appearances from both chefs as well as the opportunity to explore the new menu.PRICE: AED600 ppDATES: 10 May
Mirzam Chocolate Makers: Mirzam Pizzeria del CioccolatoIn collaboration with secretive Emirati pizza maker @ktchn.45, Mirzam Chocolate Makers presents a series of tasting menus at the chocolate factory – straight from the hot pizza ovens. Features an experimental series of freshly baked sourdough pizzas,  all made with locally sourced ingredients, cheeses, and sauces – followed by an all-chocolate tasting menu style presentation of desserts (all cooked in the pizza ovens!). PRICE: AED500 for a table of 4DATES: May 3, 5 and 10
Dibba Bay Oyster Box Jumeirah: Dibba Bay x Moreish by K Supper ClubExperience a special supper club at Dibba Bay’s farm shop in Dubai! We have teamed up with Moreish by K, known as the ‘Flavor Queen’ of Dubai and her popular collaborations & supper clubs, to bring you the best of the local oyster and her take on Punjabi & Persian flavors. For two nights only, enjoy an eclectic 5-course menu featuring oysters like you’ve never had before.PRICE: AED 265DATES: May 11, 12
BOCA: Pickl x BocaDubai’s award winning homegrown burger joint Pickl will collaborate with DIFC’s sustainable fine dining champion Boca for a one of a kind collaboration dinner. With organic locally sourced produce, and hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, this unique meal combining the best of fast food and fine dining will be something to remember. A collaboration of this kind has never been done before in the region and will appeal to foodies and fast food fans alike.PRICE: AED 395 ppDATES: May 10
Experiential Dining Experiences
Sonara: Dinner in the DunesExperimental dining, dishes prepared around locally sourced dates. Chef Franck Sanna will create dishes using locally sourced dates unlike anything else in the city.PRICE: AED 913DATES: May 14, 15
Gulf Photo Plus: Karama Photo and Food WalksAs one of the oldest residential areas of Dubai, Karama is the destination to visit for a wide array of culinary offerings, retail bargains, and that irresistible classic neon-lit signs. While practicing street photography, participants learn techniques for difficult lighting conditions, all while taking in the history of Karama from our guide and their surroundings.PRICE: 295 ppDATES: May 7, 14
Penrose Lounge: Tiramisu Pop Up MenuEnjoy a menu of instagrammable tiramisus with a range of flavours.PRICE: Prices vary per dishDATES: May 2 – 15
Lowe: Waste NOTLOWE’s Waste NOT sessions are designed to reduce our environmental impact through the creation of a multi-course menu from would-be food scraps. PRICE: AED150 ppDATES: May 11
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