Taste of Dubai set to return
Dubai, January 6, 2009
The premier food and beverage festival in the Middle East, Taste of Dubai, is returning to the city.
This year’s festival to be held from March 11 to 14 builds on the success of the inaugural award-winning event with more restaurants, more dishes and even more entertainment, said an official spokesman.
Taste of Dubai 2009 will see 22 of the city’s top restaurants and chefs eager to offer visitors a taste of their finest signature dishes, including some of the newest venues to open.
International celebrity chefs such as Gary Rhodes, James Martin, Vineet Bhatia, Osama El Sayed, Richard Sandoval and Phillipe Gavreau will be mingling with the crowds and sharing their expertise in the Chefs Theatre and, new for this year’s festival, the Spinneys Cookery School.
Taste of Dubai offers visitors a unique chance to dine around Dubai’s award-winning restaurants, meet the chefs and choose from over 65 sample sized dishes in one idyllic location, Dubai Media City’s Amphitheatre and Park.
Visitors are spoilt for choice with starters ranging from Rhodes Mezzanine’s famous white tomato soup or China Club’s dim sum followed by Verre’s braised beef or Legends’ Turf and Surf with a difference – kangaroo meat !
For dessert there is Indego’s chocolate samosa, Le Classique’s delicious crepes suzette or Tang’s chocolate mousse with coffee soil served in a swirling mist. It is a food lover’s paradise, where they can plan their Dubai dining for the next 12 months in just one evening.
New to Taste of Dubai this year is the Spinneys Cookery School where visitors can learn how to cook a dish, or learn a new culinary technique, from one of the award-winning chefs.
Each student will have their very own cooking station, utensils and ingredients, giving everyone a real ‘hands on’ experience under close professional guidance - lots of fun and a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Marketplace is expanded and visitors can try and buy even more gourmet food, beverages and see the latest must-have culinary equipment. Plus the MMI Beverage Theatre offers visitors the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of beverages with a wide ranging programme of tutored tastings from leading connoisseurs.
Live music from the Bandstand adds to the festival atmosphere featuring artistes and bands from Dubai’s best hotels.
“We have focused on giving our visitors an even better experience in 2009, for example we have 50 per cent more restaurants than last year. Our Chefs Theatre programme is re-vamped adding new chef challenges and the Marketplace is more than double the size of last year with many new companies keen to get involved,” said Taste of Dubai event director Victoria Crick.
“We’re currently developing a special area for children, a sushi lounge and even more features. In overall terms we are offering visitors a unique afternoon or evening’s entertainment with a focus on great value for money.” – TradeArabia News Service