It is the annual celebration of haute cuisine, and this Dubai Food Festival 2021 (DFF) vows to plate up something that will suit every palate. DFF will be dishing out events and experiences that spotlight the dining scene, from personalized gourmet experiences to industry roundtables highlighting world-famous chefs and regular favourites like Dubai Restaurant Week Etisalat Beach Canteen Foodie Experiences. Discover domestic concepts, neighbourhood haunts and value-for-money Hidden Gems, as you take a delicious journey through the diverse cuisines this city of over 200 nationalities plates up.

Dubai Food Festival 2024

All dining experiences, events and openings during the Dubai Food Festival will follow current safety and social distancing regulations to ensure a safe experience for all.

Dubai Food Festival

History of the Dubai Food Festival

Introduced in 2014, The Dubai Food Festival is debatably the most substantial Middle Eastern food celebration. This luxurious indulgence has been growing in quantity, crowd, and quality ever since. The Dubai Food Festival aims at anticipating the advent of the Emirate’s as a gastronomic destination – highlighting Dubai’s exclusive food scene and world-class dining escapade.

Controlled by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), The Dubai Food Festival is a tactical part of the city’s year-round programme of festivals held to endorse tourism and expansion in the retail sector of Dubai.


Dubai Restaurant Week allowed foodies to enjoy solely curated two- and three-course set menus. Visit some of the most sought-after restaurants in the city for dinner to remember, or enjoy the lunch option, a new element this past year introduced due to well-received demand. The idea truly showcased the city’s artistic food sense, allowing diners a gastronomic trip worldwide through various restaurants on bid. 


The second edition of Foodie Experiences continued to cook up a storm, giving everyone a unique insight into the city’s culinary vitality. Fanatics enjoyed curated experiences, including masterclasses with top chefs, themed realistic tours, culinary workshops, exclusive tasting menus from the brightest restaurants in Dubai and so much more.


The Etisalat Beach Canteen transformed Jumeriah beach, behind the mall into an appetizing hotspot throughout Dubai Food Festival, showcasing a wealth of domestic concepts from across the UAE. Visitors to this pop-up beachside carnival sampled dishes worldwide – from street food to quirky desserts. There were also plenty of live culinary demos and onsite entertainment, making the canteen an uncontested family favourite.


The reappearance of the citywide Dine & Win programme gave foodies the chance to win big. Diners could take part at up to 1,500 eateries located around the city – all they had to do was expend a minimum of AED50 on tasty delights to get their hands on a scratch-and-win card and a raffle coupon. The scratch card came with alluring deals to numerous outlets or a Zomato Gold membership.

Highlights of the festival

  • Culinary events: Various renowned chefs visit the festival for events like food tastings, cooking, and interactive workshops. This provides a huge learning experience for food enthusiasts.
  • Restaurant promotions: Many restaurants take part in the festival every year to showcase their specialty to the world. This not only provides a promotional opportunity to the restaurant but also gives a chance to the visitors to experience new restaurants at a discounted price.
  • Awards and competitions: The festival hosts various competitions related to food to bring out talented chefs, restaurants, and food entrepreneurs.

List of restaurants participating in the food festival

  • Ariana’s Persian Kitchen: Known for its middle eastern cuisine, Ariana’s Kitchen served 2-course breakfasts and 3-course dinners of Persian dishes induced with fruits, nuts, and floral fragrances to its customers. 
  • Jaleo: Jaleo by Jose Andres served European cuisine at Atlantis by Royal. Visitors came for affordable yet delicious Spanish foods with tapas, Spanish cheese, and creamy desserts.
  • Attiko: Mina Seyahi served a new sunset culinary experience to its customers which included a three-course meal with a signature mixed drink.
  • YOY: A Ukrainian restaurant with a exquisite dishes like cottage cheese pancakes, red Varenyky, and Canapes was served by this restaurant.

Apart from the restaurants mentioned above, there are more than 50 restaurants participating in the event. 

Dubai always comes up with the most thrilling and unifying festivals that not only give you a great time but hold a vital part of your memory. The Dubai Food Festival is such a festival that would whittle its special place in your experiences! Come and join this massive celebration of food and goodness.

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Dubai Food Festival FAQs

1. When is Dubai Food Festival held?

The Dubai Food Festival usually takes place in February and March.

2. How many restaurants were a part of this festival?

50+ restaurants were a part of this elaborated food festival in Dubai that served over 13000 dishes to the visitors

3. Where was the Dubai Food Festival, 2023 held?

This outdoor carnival was held outside the sunset mall at Jumeirah Beach.

4. What are the main attractions of the Dubai food festival?

Etisalat by e&Beach Canteen is the most popular attraction in the Dubai food festival.