This post was originally published on 20 March 2019 and the content may be outdated.
The 11-day annual food and fun gala Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) opened today at Qatar Foundation’s Oxygen Park, in Education City.
The 10th edition of QIFF welcomes foodies from Qatar and around the globe to celebrate the world’s diverse cuisines every year.
How to reach QIFF venue
To reach the venue, enter Education City from gates 1, 2, 5, 7: Gates 1 and 2 if you are coming from Mall of Qatar side and Gharrafa AlRayaan, Gate 5 if you are coming from slope Roundabout or Markhiya area, or Gate 7 if you are coming from Foroseya Road or Old Rayaan.
There will be shuttle buses running every 8-10 minutes from various parking areas within Education City as well as from Qatar National Convention Centre parking.
- QIFF timings: 3pm–11pm (Saturday – Wednesday) and 3pm–1am (Thursday and Friday).
Spread over 130,000sq m, the Oxygen Park has beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces, and underground parking with over 3,000 spaces. The three grounds have been themed O1, O2 and O3. O1 will be dedicated to cafes, light snacks and other activities and O2 will be all about children’s activities while O3 will feature all the main food stalls and the centre stage featuring Live Cooking Theatre and other programmes.
QIFF 2019 Attractions
As many as 157 delectable food and beverage options are presented over 11 days. Popular eateries, new outlets and caterers from all over town are offering Arabic delicacies as well as all major international cuisines.
A distinctive number of upcoming local businesses and startups will be introducing their foods and beverages for the first time to QIFF visitors.
This year, 37 international and local celebrity chefs from 17 countries are coming to the QIFF. Masaharu Morimoto, Richard Sandoval, Dominique Ansel, Eric Lanlard, Ranveer Brar, Siba Mtongana, Jenny Morris, and Lorraine Pascale are just few of these names.
There is also a big number of Qatari chefs participating such as Aisha al-Tamimi, Sarra al-Syed, Noora al-Mazroui as well as regional chefs Manal al-Alam, Jameela al-Lenqawi and Al Yazi al-Awadh.
QIFF also offers numerous exclusive interactive cooking and tasting sessions that are arranged on the sidelines of the festival where aspiring chefs watch and learn master skills and techniques alongside their favourite TV stars.
Over 90 restaurants across Qatar are serving a curated “QIFF Menu” through the whole month of March. They present an exclusive 3-course QIFF Menu consisting of a starter, main course and dessert, at discounted prices of QR45, 95 and 125. There are 35 restaurants in hotels, 16 inside malls and over 40 are standalone restaurants offering the QIFF Menu. The list of these restaurants can be seen here: www.qifoodfestival.qa.