Dubai Food Festival: Is Dubai 'heaven on earth for foodies'?
An insight into the Dubai Food Festival
Dubai has it all: from Greek food to Indian food, and everything else in between. Here, you can sample the creations of some of the best chefs in the world, like Gordon Ramsay, Nusret Gökçe, Pradeep Khullar, and even Massimo Bottura – whose restaurant in Italy has been rated the best in the world two years in a row.
Dubai Food Festival is an event every foodie waits for throughout the year – with participating restaurants offering everything from two-course lunches (starting at 20 dollars) to three-course dinners (starting at 40 dollars).
On the last day of the Food Festival, I visited the Etisalat Beach Canteen, a dining hotspot located on one of the most scenic beaches in Dubai.
I tried quite a few exciting creations out there, including chimney cakes, a Hungarian street food recreated by Nom Nom. These reminded me of the cream rolls I used to eat in my childhood, but with a twist (and a much better taste!). The dough was rolled onto a rolling pin then left to rise for a few minutes before being put in a rotisserie oven and baked to perfection. The finished product was rolled in sugar and cinnamon – and to top it all off, smeared with Nutella on the inside.
You can choose from a variety of fillings like Ferrero Rocher, pistachio and Kinder chocolate – and if you like, you can top it with ice cream.
After a bit of walking around listening to the live performances and waiting for my chimney cake, I got a little hungry looking at all the displays put up by the restaurants out there.
Earlier that day, I was in the mood for some good hotdogs – and to my surprise, there was a restaurant called Sausage Fabrique, selling around ten different types! I ordered the Mexican sausage roll and took another stroll.
A few restaurants down the line I came across Dallas, which was serving up some unique loaded fries. Each bite I took was stuffed with cheese and chilli filling. The best loaded fries I have had in a while!
Dubai, with its 85% ex-pat population, is a cultural hub of different cuisines from all over the world; a true foodie paradise.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all outdoor events have been cancelled for this season for security reasons. I advise all fellow foodies to stay safe and wash your hands before eating anything at home or outside.