Taste of Dubai Festival, the very best in international cuisine

The Taste of Dubai Festival is rapidly become a ‘must attend’ event in the Dubai social calender and even though it has only been going for around five years the numbers of people who are attending is dramatically increasing year on year.

As you would expect from Dubai, there seems to be no expense spared with regards to the whole set up so the dates between the 14th and 16th of March should be set aside in your diary to sample the very best of what Dubai has to offer.

The venue for the Taste of Dubai Festival is the Amphitheatre in Dubai Media City and the best way to describe it would be three days of eating, drinking and having fun. The whole point of the festival is to bring together the very best restaurants in the city with their highly talented chefs along with all kinds of gastronomic displays and Dubai’s exciting new and established bands. There are also many shows and programmes which display various aspects of cooking and eating and all of these seem to compliment each other perfectly.

The great thing about the Taste of Dubai Festival is that nothing is taken for granted. It could be assumed that due to the very nature of Dubai and the amount of money that is available, a like it or lump it approach could be taken but nothing could really be further from the truth. The organisers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the feed back from the visitors is taken on board and the result of this is that the festival has improved each year, hence the increase in visitor numbers.

The entertainment is provided by well known personalities and it is not unusual for Radio 1 and Radio 2 DJ’s from the UK to be providing the music. Themed bars and restaurants are set up around the Amphitheatre with celebrity chefs such as Gary Rhodes providing cooking demonstrations in which they make complex cooking techniques seem so easy.

If you have children with you, don’t worry that they will become bored because there is so much to keep them occupied within the main arena such as the delicious food that is available but if it does start to become a little to much for them, you will be pleased to know that there is a fantastic children’s area that has been made available. The Kids Zone has got everything that any child will need to while away a few hours including a football pitch and a series of workshops.

There can’t be many things that are more appealing in life than relaxing in the Dubai sun, enjoying a selection of the very finest cuisine and being entertained by an array of talented entertainers. There is little wonder why the Taste of Dubai is proving to be so popular and the fact of the matter is that it will continue to get better and better as the years progress.


  1. Runway Diva says

    Dubai has a lot of real neat fashion as well. They’ve featured some cool fashions on America’s Next Top Model.

  2. Lori Allen says

    Has anyone tried to book a reasonably-priced hotel in Dubai during this event? I was there on my honeymoon so we stayed in the Jumeirah Beach Resort which was, of course, quite pricey.

    I thought if I returned I might try to stay closer to the gold souk. Hotels looked a bit cheaper there and you can walk to more things. They’re not on the beach but we didn’t end up staying on the beach much anyway. Despite the hotel’s effort to cool us down with cold washcloths (readily available the minute you pick a seat on the sand), it was still too hot. March, I guess, will be better but still… there’s just so much to see in Dubai.

    I thought the indoor ski slope would be cheesy but we actually really liked it. And I thought the mall would be overpriced but we found some really good buys there, too. Food wise, I highly recommend the roasted corn “magic corn” at the mall. We tried camel and pigeon for the first time here, too. Not sure I can say I recommend either but I’m also not sure where else you can say you’ve at least tried them.

    I’d be interested to hear more about what’s served here during this Taste of Dubai Festival. They seem to cater to all sorts of cuisines.

  3. Ang says

    Food, drinks, and Dubai? I’m in!!

    This seems like something right up my alley. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of Dubai and have some friends that have been, but they’ve not gone to this festival. Glad I found this article.

    Any hot spots you recommend during this time?

  4. efpierce says

    I have heard that Dubai is a very expensive place to visit especially if you intend to stay for more than the usual ten days. Does anyone know if this is true and also what is the best hotels for families? I suppose I could just look it up, but I would rather hear from someone who knows rather than a search engine.


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