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Feast of fun

Look forward to unique dining experiences, pop-up events and a great line-up of world-class chefs at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Food Festival. Abu Dhabi has a packed calendar of events all year round and there’s plenty to explore at any given time, from cultural fairs and art exhibitions to sporting events. But if there’s one thing that appeals to every type of resident and visitor, it’s food. Given the capital’s diverse culinary scene, your taste buds can embark on a journey across the globe without leaving the emirate, from Western fast food concepts to traditional Far Eastern treats and more. And in celebration of the capital’s passionate food culture, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) brings an exciting culinary festival to the emirate this season.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 edition


» Festember

 December 5 – 9

 Waterfront Park, Louvre Abu Dhabi

 An annual art, lifestyle and entertainment event that showcases new and innovative culinary concepts

» Big Grill

 December 6 – 8

 Yas Island

 Chefs from the UAE are set to showcase the art of grilling with master classes for the whole family and a ‘King of the Grill’ competition

» World of Food Abu Dhabi

 December 13 – 17

 A’l Bahar, Abu Dhabi Corniche

 A culinary journey through different countries hosted by award-winning chefs, who will present signature dishes inspired by their heritage


» Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week

 December 6 – 15

 Restaurants city-wide  A showcase of signature dishes at Abu Dhabi’s top fine dining venues

» ADFF Scavenger Hunt

 December 6 – 22

 Citywide

 A chance to win shopping and dining vouchers by participating in an exclusive augmented reality scavenger hunt game

» Food Fam Fest

 Cooking demonstrations for the whole family with live shows and workshops for children as well as exciting treats on offer. Dates to be confirmed.

All set to add tons of flavour to the city’s year-end celebrations, Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2018 invites gourmands from all over the UAE to soak up the epicurean revelry like never before. Expect an array of culinary influences, inspired by the emirate’s multicultural dining scene, showcased through a variety of events taking place across the capital from December 6 to 22.

Touted to be the tastiest fortnight of the year, Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2018 will see more than 100 restaurants showcase their signature offerings, encompassing local, regional and international flavours. The festival will also feature hot new dining concepts, while world-class chefs take to the stage to host family-friendly events and invite audiences to discover a range of delectable dishes.

Visitors can also expect a dedicated celebration of all things Mexican at this year’s feast as the country has been welcomed as Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2018’s guest of honour. So prepare to don your sombreros and enjoy traditional delights and live entertainment.

Promising to be a fair bursting with flavour, the Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2018 will also host an exciting line-up of events, from World of Food Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week, all designed for families to enjoy al fresco this season. So be sure to save the date for a festival to remember.

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