Qatar International Food Festival 2018: Everything you need to know

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Qatar’s longest-running food festival, Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), is set to open on March 15 and continue for 11 days at Hotel Park.

The ninth edition will feature 177 stalls, six food trucks and trolleys, extending over the full 80,000 square metres of the park grounds.

16 hotels will bring the best of culinary experiences with prices ranging from QR 5 to QR 40,


March 15 – March 25, 2018


Hotel Park (in front of Doha Sheraton, Corniche Road)


Underground parking facility is available for Hotel Park.


  • Weekdays: 4 pm-11 pm
  • Weekends: 4 pm-1 am

In celebration of the unique mix of cultures that Qatar is home to, 9 embassies based in Doha will be inviting festival-goers to savour the flavours of East and West.

The participating countries are the USA, South Africa, Vietnam, the Philippines, Turkey, Lebanon, Mexico, India and Ethiopia.

International celebrity chefs

Festival favourites are back this year such as the signature Live Cooking Theater with participation from internationally renowned chefs who will be sharing their culinary delights from 6pm to 10:30pm daily with a different theme for each day.

International celebrity chefs hosted at the cooking theater include:

  • Aisha Altamimi (Qatari chef & food programme presenter)
  • Ajay Chopra (Indian celebrity chef)
  • Anna Olson (pastry chef on Food Network)
  • Asmaa Albahar (Kuwaiti celebrity chef)
  • Christine Ha (the first blind contestant in US MaterChef and 2012 winner)
  • Damien Leroux (Executive Chef at IDAM)
  • Fawaz AlOmaim (Kuwaiti Cook)
  • Murat Bozok (Turkish celebrity chef)
  • Nino Logarta (Celebrity Filipino TV chef)
  • Ramzi Choueiri (Lebanese celebrity chef)
  • Sulaiman Al Qassar (Kuwaiti celebrity TV chef)
  • Masharu Morimoto (US Iron Chef)
  • Wolfgang Puck (LA-based Michelin Star celebrity chef, famous for preparing the post-Oscars feast for 24 years)

Healthy food choices

There will be a Health Zone which encourages conscious eating habits and life choices that promote overall well-being. There will also be free fitness classes regularly held throughout QIFF allowing festival-goers to get their blood pumping while enjoying the outdoor festivities at Hotel Park.

The dedicated Coffee Zone which will give coffee lovers a chance to immerse themselves in the bean’s rich aromas and flavours.

Family Entertainment

This year, QIFF has expanded the children’s area to include a mini zoo and farmer’s market, providing parents and children an opportunity to learn more about our food’s journey from farm to fork.

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  • Adding to the festive atmosphere at Hotel Park, the main festival stage will host a variety of live performances and cultural shows running throughout the day.
  • In the evenings, fireworks displays will light up the sky above the Doha corniche at 8pm.

Bringing QIFF to restaurants and cafes across Qatar, festival organisers are once again offering the QIFF Menu from March 1-31.

The QIFF Menu allows residents and visitors to enjoy mouth-watering food groupings of three menu items at a pre-set price of QR49 at stand-alone cafes and restaurants; and QR 99 at hotels.

Published on 4 March 2018

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