As the country’s biggest and most diverse culinary event, the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), fast-approaches, we wait with bated breath (and hungry tums) to discover “A different side of food” (that’s its slogan).
If you were thinking that this year can’t possibly top last year’s, you couldn’t be more wrong. We’re more excited than we’ve ever been, and we assure you, there is so much to look forward to in this 2018 edition.
The festival, taking place from Thursday March 15 to Sunday 25 at Hotel Park on Corniche Street, will allow visitors to enjoy special dining experiences in scenic outdoor spaces. It will also include cultural performances, edutainment, interactive food art, photography workshops and health awareness activities.
The Festival’s long-standing feature is the QIFF Cooking Theatre, which will bring a star-studded line-up of food celebrities to run live demonstrations and share their best cooking tips with fans. In addition, a series of cooking classes will be held this year, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to savour exclusive culinary experiences with internationally acclaimed chefs.
This upcoming edition’s list of celebrity guest chefs includes the Food Network’s Anna Olson from Canada, Masaharu Morimoto from the US and local favourite, Aisha Al-Tamimi, among others.
Health food awareness sessions will take place during the day, and QIFF organisers will team up with local culinary and health organisations to run these sessions.
Food trucks will make an appearance this time, too, and ten percent more hotels, home businesses (yes to the pie lady), restaurants and even food trolleys will be present. We can’t wait.
Free. Mar 15-25, Sun-Thu 4pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am. Fireworks daily at 8pm. Hotel Park, Corniche Street, www.qifoodfestival.qa.
The Qatar International Food Festival will extend the celebrations beyond the festival grounds this year, allowing visitors and residents to enjoy specially curated QIFF Menus on offer at cafés and restaurants across the country.
QR49 (stand-alone restaurants), QR99 (hotels).