Scrumptious Return of the 3rd Edition for the Abu Dhabi Food Festival from December 7 to 23
Unique line-up of chefs, exciting street food, and live entertainment set to create the ultimate culinary experience
Abu Dhabi, 22 November 2017: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has today announced the full line-up of activities, presented in partnership with event companies from the private sector including Festember, Truckers, Dining & Nightlife magazine and Zomato, taking place at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Food Festival.
This year’s festival, which starts on December 7th and runs until December 23rd, will include a fantastic menu of events for foodies, visitors and families from across the UAE and wider region to enjoy. Marking the festival’s third edition, the event will feature the return of some all-time favourites as well as an array of international chefs and some new gastronomic experiences.
Spread over 17 days across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi Food Festival will serve up more than 15 new feature events including 40 mule by Festember, Truckers Carnival, Beach Feast, Truckers Park, the Big Piknik, the Delicious Cinema, the Street Food Market, the Truckers Exit and the Top Secret Long Table, Food and Fashion, Caviar and Art, Longest Pizza in the UAE, Enrico & Friends, 2kg Burger Challenge, and a Market to Kitchen event. There will also be a number of activations from Zomato, the home-delivery service, including the Zomato Restaurant and Foodies Skillets, panel discussions on various topics, Zomato Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week, Zomato Influencer Tables, Zomato Treats and Gold Discounts, Zomato Dine In Treats Special, Zomato competitions and Zomato Special Package Delivery.
Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director, Tourism Sector, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of national efforts aimed at elevating the Emirate’s profile as a leading gastronomic destination across the region. This edition will feature an extensive event calendar that highlights the diversity of our culinary delights and our avant-garde restaurant concepts. By collaborating with a wide range of government and private partners, we are able to position Abu Dhabi as a destination of distinction that attracts visitors from across the region who come to enjoy its unmatched offerings and exciting events.”
The festival will see the return of popular events and activations as well as newly-introduced food platforms that appeal to every taste and palate.
Three food truck concept events will be taking place across Abu Dhabi Food Festival this year. From Truckers Carnival (7th – 23rd December), Truckers Exit (1st – 23rd December) to Truckers Park (15-5-16 December) all are ready to tantalize taste buds with a variety of exciting food concepts and an array of fun-filled activities. As the popularity of food trucks soars, visitors will be presented with a wide selection of cuisines in a casual, relaxing setting with live performances and shows on display.
New Food Concepts
Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017 is all about pushing boundaries and discovering new food concepts. This year’s edition will feature five new food concepts including Beach Feast (8th – 9th December), Big Piknik (22-23 December), Delicious Cinema (22-23 December), Top Secret Long Table (8th December), Street Food Market (14th – 15th December) and Market to Kitchen (16th, 19th and 23rd December), all of which are strong, concept-driven initiatives ready to enthrall festival-goers.
This year, Zomato will be hosting a series of events and activations to maximise its involvement with the food and beverage industry and the Abu Dhabi community during the festival. Zomato is conducting a series of events including Zomato Restaurant Skillet (17th December), Zomato Foodie Skillet (17th December), Zomato Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week (7th – 21st December), Zomato Influencer Tables, Zomato Treats and Gold Discounts (7th – 23rd December), Zomato Dine-In Treats Special (7th – 23rd December), Zomato competitions (7th – 23rd December) and Zomato Special Package Delivery.
World Records and Delectable Challenges
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has its eyes set on breaking world records at this year’s Abu Dhabi Food Festival. Visitors are encouraged to join in the attempts to make history and break the current achievement held for the longest pizza in the UAE (19th December). They can also challenge others by attempting to finish off the 2KG Burger Challenge (12th and 19th December).
The Abu Dhabi Food Festival presents a set of luxury dining experiences, from the Food and Fashion event (9 December), Caviar and Art to the Michelin star dining with Enrico and Friends (7th December), this festival will provide visitors looking to treat themselves to a fancy dining experience with some of the world’s leading chefs and signature restaurants.
This Abu Dhabi Food Festival will also witness the return of some of the most cherished events including Street Fest (14th – 17th and 21st – 23rd December), Ripe Night Market (9th December) 40 Mule By Festember (13th – 17th December) and Sial Middle East (12th – 14th December).
Experience the ultimate celebration of culinary delights and join us for the performances and activations at the Abu Dhabi Food Festival taking place from December 7th to December 23rd. For more information, visit Abudhabifoodfestival.ae
Notes to Editors
For comprehensive information regarding the full line-up of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017, please refer to Abudhabifoodfestival.ae
Key Festival Dates and Venues
Truckers Carnival: 7-23 December. 4 – 11 pm daily during weekdays, 2pm -12 am during weekends. Abu Dhabi. Entry fee: free for all
Beach Feast: 8-9 December. 12 pm – 12 am. Yas Beach, Yas Island. Entry fee: 30 AED
Street Fest: 14-17 and 21-23 December. 4pm – 12 am Lake Park, Corniche Abu Dhabi. Entry fee: 30 AED
Al Ain – 8-9 December, Al Ain Zoo, 4pm – 12am, Entry Fee 20AED
Truckers Park: 15-16 December. 2pm – 11pm. Madinat Zayed Public Park. Entry fee: 10 AED
Bik Piknik: 22-23 December. 12pm – 10pm. Umm Al Emarat Park. Entry FREE
Delicious Cinema: 22-23 December. 6pm – 11 pm. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. Entry Fee: 190 AED
Street Food Market: 14-15 December. 5pm – 3 am. Mad club parking, Yas Island. Entry Fee: 50 AED
Truckers Exit: 1- 23 December from Sunday to Wednesday. 1pm – 11 pm. Entry fee: free
Top Secret Long Table: 8 December. 7 pm – 12 am. Top secret location
Ripe Night Market: 9 December. 3pm – 10 pm. Umm Al Emarat Park. Entry Fee: 5 AED
40 Mule by Festember: 13-17 December. Umm Al Emarat Park. Entry Fee: 50 AED
SIAL Middle East: 12-14 December. ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. 10 AM – 6 PM. Register to attend: https://sialme.com/register
About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi:
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base. http://tcaabudhabi.ae/en