Everything you need to know about Qatar Food Festival 2015

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The sixth edition of Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) will be held at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park on Doha’s Corniche from March 24 – 28, 2015.

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Aerial view of Qatar Food Festival 2014

A range of entertainment activities will take place at the Welcome and Stage zones where visitors, especially families, can relax and watch the shows.

Held in the spectacular open‐air waterfront setting of the Museum of Islamic Art Park, the annual event consists of five days of gastronomic alfresco eating, drinking and cooking, as well as family fun and entertainment.

The festival hosts internationally renowned chefs who join many of Doha’s top restaurants to celebrate fine dining with the freshest ingredients and latest food trends and tastes, as well as healthy eating options.

The QIFF 2015 will host a total of 48 stalls that include the international zone (31 stands), Qatar/Turkey zone (four stands), Qatar/Turkey (three tents) and Instagram Market (10 stands).

Entry

Entry to the venue is free and open to all.

Opening Hours

  • March 24: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • March 25 to 28: 1:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Parking

There will be no parking at MIA or MIA Park during the Qatar International Food Festival. Public parking will be made available in alternate locations. Shuttle buses will carry festival goers from the designated parking areas to the festival grounds. Click here for more details.

Attractions

Cuisines of the World

From salads to desserts and everything in between, visit QIFF’s many food kiosk for a culinary journey across the continents, catered by some of the finest establishments in Qatar. Five-star hotels will serve almost all the international dishes at the international zone at reasonable prices. Meanwhile, the food zone will host high-profile restaurants which will serve premium food.

Dinner in the Sky

Dinner-in-the-sky-QIFFYou can join for a five-star afternoon tea or dinner, while you enjoy a new perspective of Doha – a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city from 60m above ground. Catering is by Qatar Airways.

Prior to the actual dining, guests will be served mouth-watering appetisers prepared by QA’s celebrity chefs in the ‘Business Class lounge’. Chef Vineet Bhatia will prepare mushroom and rice fritters with mild chili and garlic sauce while Chef Nobu will prepare black cod with miso.

Once on board, QA’s award-winning cabin crew will serve the main course to all the 22 guests. They will also be served a delicious Ladurée dessert and Valrhona Chocolates before finishing off their sky-high culinary experience.

  • Afternoon Tea : 2-5 pm (QAR 250 per person)
  • Dinner : 5-10 pm (QAR 500 per person)

Delicious Dhow Cruise

Experience Qatar’s age-old seafaring heritage aboard a traditional wooden dhow, while enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea or a sumptuous buffet and live BBQ feast amidst panoramic vistas of Doha’s beautifully-lit skyline. A traditional dhow will be fitted out with tables, seating and buffet sections as well as barbecue and cooking facilities. Catering is by Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels.

  • Afternoon Tea Cruise: Every 30 minutes from 2-5:30 pm (QAR 25 per person)
  • Dinner Cruise: 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm (QAR 70 per person)

BBQ on the Bay

BBQ-DonutYou can enjoy a fun meal with friends and family on a floating ‘BBQ Donut’ with seating for 8 people. Trained staff are in attendance to prepare and serve your meal – or you can show off your own skills at the grill. The catering is by The Diplomatic Club.

  • Afternoon Tea : 1-5 pm (QAR 50 per person)
  • Dinner : 5-10 pm (QAR 250 per person)

High Tea

High tea lounge zone will host a double-deck tent with shaded terrace: the ground floor will host food stalls while the first floor will offer premium English, Chinese and Arabic tea at any time during operating hours.

Visitors can indulge in a quintessentially British experience – high tea – featuring a selection of delicious sandwiches, cakes, sweets and of course your favourite infusion. Catering by Kempinski Marsa Malaz , The Pearl Qatar.

Qatar/Turkey Cultural Zone

As part of the Turkey-Qatar Year of Culture, the Turkey-Qatar zone will offer authentic Turkish and Qatari food in a traditional Qatari tent.

Live Cooking Theatre

Live-cookingThe live cooking zone is also expected to enthral spectators with actual cooking demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs.

Celebrity Chefs include Aisha Al Tamimi, Vineet Bhatia and Massimo Capra among othersMassimo Capra from Italy. Visitors will have the chance to watch them at the Live Cooking Zone. It will have a seating area for 100 guests, LED screens and a live feed area.

Ice Carving Competition

Qatar’s talented chefs have honed their skills not just on tasty ingredients but rock hard ice too. You can watch some of Doha’s finest ice-carving artists demonstrate their skills in front of a live audience. Timings: Thursday, March 26 – 7:00 pm onwards

Amateur Chef Competition

Adults 18 years of age and older can take part in the Amateur Chef Competition, to showcase your skills over the BBQ. The competition will offer amazing prizes and culinary glory.

Homemade Gourmet Market

From cookies to jams and crepes to cupcakes, indulge in flavours created by some of Qatar’s up-and-coming chefs.

Other Attractions

Visitors will also see top Qatari chefs who are active on Instagram preparing local dishes live at the Instagram Market.

The pan-Arab Fatafeat television channel also will participate in the annual event with chefs Daad Abu Jaber and Salma Soliman cooking delicious dishes.

The health truck of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, which roams around Doha to raise awareness on healthy living, will stay at the health zone to showcase internationally certified organic vegetables provided by Al Safwa Farm.

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Singers as well as regional and international music bands will also participate in the festival’s entertainment shows by performing popular tunes and traditional shows.

For more information, visit QIFF website.

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