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Abu Dhabi Food Festival kicks off on December 7 with a mouth-watering line-up of events and activities

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The Abu Dhabi Food Festival will be held across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Dhafra from December 7-23

Abu Dhabi: Foodies, rejoice! Get ready to enjoy a sensational selection of sumptuous food in the UAE capital from December 7 to 23 as the annual Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF) returns.

Spread over 17 days, ADFF will cook up a storm and bring food-lovers, families and friends together to enjoy not only cuisine from some of the best chefs, but also some of the most scrumptious food available in the region.

Running across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, ADFF will serve up 15 new feature events this year.

Here’s a look at what’s cooking:

Street Fest

This is where street art meets street food. Result? A mouthwatering street culture! Discover some of the best street food from over 40 international and UAE food trucks, trailers, carts and pop-ups. You will be amazed by the live creations of some of the best ‘street’ chefs and artists from Asia, Europe and America. There will be so much to see, taste and experience. Kids can take part in break dance workshops or see the pros battle it out in a crazy energetic boy battle. Plus there will be gigs by local and international hip hop and funk artists and a Funky Souk featuring local crafts vendors and their wares.

When: December 8-9, 4pm-12am

Where: Al Ain Zoo

Tickets: Dh40 per day

When: December 14-17, 21-23, 4pm-12am

Where: Lake Park, Corniche 
Abu Dhabi

Tickets: Dh30

Call: 800 555

Market to Kitchen

Take a chauffeured spin around Abu Dhabi’s local farmers markets and learn how to select the freshest produce with Market Kitchen’s chefs. Then head back to Market Kitchen for a front-row seat as the culinary team prepares the food before your eyes, sharing tips along the way.

When: December 9, 16 & 23, 10am

Where: Market Kitchen, Le Royal Meridien

Tickets: Free

Call: 800 101 101

Food and Fashion

Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi has partnered with Jumeirah at Etihad Towers to host a night of dinner and fashion where you can enjoy a three-course menu at the award-winning Li Beirut and view the latest creations of a selection of fashion designers.

When: December 9

Where: Li Beirut, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Tickets: Dh300

Call: 800555

2kg Burger Challenge

Do you think you can take the challenge? The 2kg burger is served with steak fries and two large soft beverages. If you complete the challenge in 30 minutes or less the meal is on the house. Fail and you pay Dh149.

When: December 12-19, 7.30-10.30pm

Where: Hickory’s, 
Yas Links

Call: 02-810 7710

Longest Pizza in the UAE

Itzza Pizza in Abu Dhabi is aiming to raise the bar when it comes to creating pizza records. Known for its one-metre long pizzas, Itzza now plans to create an even longer pizza, in fact the longest pizza ever in the UAE.

So head over to Itzza Pizza to snap a pic of the record attempt and join in the fun. The place will also host a pizza eating competition.

When: December 19, 12-3pm

Where: Itzza Pizza, Airport Road

Tickets: Free

Call: 02-641 8182

Top Secret Long Table

This is the one event all foodies in the UAE wish they are invited to. It will take place in a top secret location and you can’t buy your way in. Only 1,000 guests will be handpicked by 10 food masters. There will be no marketing campaign, no website, no PR campaign, but just a simple message sent one hour before to the 1,000 guests.

When: December 8, 7pm-12am

Where: Secret location

Call: 800 555

Ripe Night Market

This is a community event that supports local businesses by giving them a platform to sell their produce. The Ripe Organic stand as well as other local organic farmers will be selling fruit and vegetables and other organic items including juices and superfoods. The event will also feature live cooking, arts, crafts, fashion, jewellery, fitness workshops, live entertainment, yoga and children’s activities among others.

When: December 9, 3-10pm

Where: Umm Al Emarat Park

Tickets: Dh5

Call: 800 555

40 Mule by Festember

Festember is back for the third consecutive year. The annual arts and entertainment festival is a platform that promotes local and regional entrepreneurs and emerging brands and products. This year’s edition, titled ‘40 Mule by Festember’, aims to showcase an edgy and modern pop-up dining concept.

When: December 13-17

Where: Um Al Emarat Park

Tickets: Dh50


Truckers Carnival

The perfect mix between a food truck festival and a fun fair, Truckers Carnival will take place daily in front of Marina Mall eye. Besides relishing sumptuous delights from food trucks, you will get to play 10 famous skill games that used to feature in travelling fairs of the 1960s. The food trucks will also be part of the game, as any purchase from them will unlock free tries at the games. To finish off the fun journey, the famous Luminarium giant inflatable installation will complete its Middle East tour at the Truckers Carnival.

When: December 7-23, 4-11pm

Where: Marina Mall parking

Tickets: Free (games are ‘pay as you play’ and journey through the Luminarium is Dh20)

Call: 800 555

Big Piknik

Big Piknik is a new food event concept where you will be asked to use the Piknik, red and white checkered blankets and select a comfortable spot on the thick grass. Giant food items will make up the décor and give the impression to the visitors that the giants could come alive any moment. How would you like a two-metre high ice cream cone for desert? Or a one metre large donut?

When: December 22-23, 12-10pm

Where: Umm Al Emarat Park

Tickets: Free

Call: 800 555

Beach Feast

Imagine being transported to the beaches of Jamaica for a weekend; this is what you can expect at the Beach Feast whilst offering a menu that is definitely synonymous with the Caribbean islands. Jerk Chicken, Banana plantin from Jamaica, Coucou and Flying fish from Barbados, Pepperpot from Guyana are just a few of the national dishes which you will be able to enjoy at the Beach Feast.

When: December 15-16

Where: Yas Beach

Tickets: Dh30

Call: 800 555

Delicious Cinema

Set within the unique arts and culture hub Manarat Al Saadiyat, this dinner soirée will take visitors through a culinary and cinematographic journey composed of five movies and five meals. So get ready for a culinary and cinematographic journey.

When: December 22-23, 6-11pm

Where: Manarat Al Saadiyat

Tickets: Dh190

Call: 800 555

Truckers Exit

This rough and tough, no frill set-up right next to the Tyre Repair shop in Ghantoot will see a weekly rotation of some of the best food trucks in the country. This will also be one of the spots to get all the information on all the activities going on during ADFF and to buy some promotional packages.

When: Until December 23, 1-11pm

Where: Shaikh Zayed Road

Tickets: Free

Call: 800 555

Truckers park

Food trucks will stop by at Madinat Zayed Public Park, Al Dhafra. The truckers vibe will not be complete without the musical atmosphere created by some of the best local bands and DJs performing live. When it comes to kids activities, the Funky Souk will help make it an event not to be missed for the whole family.

When: December 15-16, 2-11pm

Where: Madinat Zayed Public Park, Al Dhafra

Tickets: Dh10

Call: 800 555

Zomato Abu Dhabi

Restaurant Week

You will have access to set menus at some of Abu Dhabi’s premier restaurants for a reduced fixed price as part of Zomato Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week. You will be able to order the special menus directly from the Zomato platform and dine in the comfort of your home.

When: December 7-21

Where: City-wide

Call: 800 555


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