Dubai Food Festival (DFF), the largest annual culinary celebration in the Middle East, is scheduled to return next month to celebrate its 10th edition with a thrilling line-up of gastronomic events and experiences. From 21st April to 7th May 2023, the city will be transformed into a haven for foodies as hundreds of restaurants, cafés, and eateries offer distinctive and captivating culinary experiences and home-grown concepts during the 17-day festival.Dubai’s food scene has undergone an incredible transformation over the last decade, establishing the city as a leading global gastronomy hub and reinforcing its position as the food capital of the world.
The number of restaurants in the city has more than doubled during this period, from approximately 5,500 in 2013 to over 13,000 in 2023, indicating the significant expansion of the food sector.
Food trucks and beach-side eateries may not have been a part of Dubai’s gastronomy scene ten years ago, but the destination has since witnessed the emergence of exciting food concepts, pop-up dining events, hidden gem locations, farm-to-table dining experiences, and quirky food halls. These diverse and unique gastro experiences are celebrated at DFF. In addition, the city’s exceptional culinary talent has been recognised by global awards such as the Michelin Guide Dubai, Gault&Millau UAE guide, and MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Dubai Restaurant Week made its debut during DFF 2016, providing exclusive dining experiences at some of the city’s top restaurants and offering a chance to savour Dubai’s diverse culinary offerings at value prices.
The gastronomy sector in Dubai has experienced significant growth, particularly in the thriving home-grown culinary industry that is putting the city on the global culinary map. These developments are evidence of the flourishing gastronomy sector in Dubai, and the upcoming 10th edition of the DFF promises to be an exciting display of the city’s diverse and evolving culinary landscape.
Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said, “The 2023 edition of the Dubai Food Festival will be the biggest and best yet. As it seeks to highlight Dubai as a global gastronomy hub, the festival showcases the best of Dubai’s gastronomy scene, offering affordable prices and shining a spotlight on the city’s top culinary talent and food capabilities. The 10th edition of the festival will feature a mix of old favourites and new features, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate its journey over the last decade and explore the city’s diverse culinary scene while highlighting our partners in the F&B industry.”
The 2023 Dubai Food Festival will be the biggest and most exciting yet, with a diverse range of events and activities for food enthusiasts to enjoy.
The festival will host culinary workshops: masterclasses with acclaimed chefs, caviar and oyster shucking classes, children’s cooking sessions, foodie tours, top Chefs’ Tables, degustation dinners, DFF Food Tours, and much more.
Exclusive set menus and discounted prices at 50 of the city’s top restaurants will be available in restaurants such as 3 Fils, Torno Subito by Massimo Bottura, Gordan Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Demon Duck by Alvin Leung, Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, Akira Back, Coya, Clap, Roka, Carnival by Tresind, and Reif Japanese Kushiyaki.
Located behind Sunset Mall, the popular Etisalat Beach Canteen makes a comeback during the 17-day event, showcasing homegrown foodie outlets.
To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, participating restaurants and cafés will offer their classic and signature dishes for only AED10 throughout the festival.
Tourists and residents will have the opportunity to explore the city’s diverse range of culinary excellence and exceptional dining locations during the event. The complete schedule for DFF will be disclosed in the coming weeks, with reservations scheduled to open in early April.