Dubai Food Carnival presented by Etisalat: Celebration of international food

Dubai Food Carnival presented by Etisalat: Celebration of international food

11.02.2015: Dubai’s leading food extravaganza to host celebrity chefs, exciting competitions and delicious food and drink offerings

Dubai’s leading food extravaganza to host celebrity chefs, exciting competitions and delicious food and drink offerings

Complimentary water taxis to venue from free parking site at Skydive Dubai

Dubai Food Carnival presented by Etisalat opens its doors at Dubai International Marine Club on Thursday 12th February, with an action-packed schedule featuring 14 international and celebrity chefs, more than 40 of the UAE’s finest restaurants, a series of food-themed competitions and a weekend-long bill of diverse family-friendly entertainment acts.

Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Dubai Food Carnival presented by Etisalat is a headline event of the second annual Dubai Food Festival – the 23-day, city-wide culinary celebration designed to highlight Dubai’s emergence as a global gastronomy destination.

A world-class line-up of international chef talent will demonstrate their culinary prowess at the exclusive Chef’s Dome at Dubai Food Carnival, including twice Michelin-starred Chef Atul Kochhar of Rang Mahal - a modern Indian restaurant at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis;

UK television star, Simon Rimmer, the founder of The Scene in Pier 7, Dubai Marina; Indian culinary maestro, Sanjeev Kapoor; TV celebrity and UAE-based ‘all organic’ aficionado, Silvena Rowe; Manal Al Alem, the ‘Queen of the Arabian Kitchen’; and Fatafeat TV celebrity, Tarek Ibrahim.

In addition to the leading international talent, a who’s who of the UAE’s leading F&B stars will perform live cooking demonstrations in the Dubai Food Festival Academy – a new feature for 2015.

The line-up includes Tyson Podolski, Head Chef at Prime 68, and Amrish Sood, Chef de Cuisine at Rang Mahal, both in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai; Russell Impiazzi, Culinary Director of Galeries Lafayette in Dubai Mall; David Cagle, Head Chef for CHI Hospitality brands, St. Tropez Bistro and SoHo Grill, and Alex Ferriss, Executive Sous Chef at Jones the Grocer.

Dubai Food Festival Academy will also feature a trio of leading culinary stars from Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai, including Ireno Labao, Chef de Cuisine of the noodle house; Oscar Rito, Chef Patron of Tortuga Mexican Kitchen and Bar; and, last but not least, Lawrence Wells, Executive Chef of Perry & Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse.

The participating chefs will create a series of signature dishes at Dubai Food Carnival, with free samples handed out to visitors immediately each live session. Chef Rimmer will demonstrate a mouthwatering special tangerine salmon and a Dubai Sea Bass with a potato rosti; Chef Rito will prepare a tortilla soup and molcajete made from morita chilli; while Chef Sood will serve up Chingri Malai curry and Kerala chicken.

Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC, said: “Our exclusive new venue is complete, our Chefs are busy prepping and our entertainers are primed - Dubai Food Carnival is ready to offer the very best in food and family entertainment to Dubai’s residents and visitors this weekend.

The popularity of our award-winning Carnival concept is built on this city’s unwavering appetite for family-friendly, al fresco food events and we look forward to another celebration of all things food and entertainment.”

Away from the chefs, more than 80 food brands – comprising 40 restaurant stalls including Loca, Sumo Sushi and Bento, Tortuga, the noodle house, Soho Grill, Tidjoori, and Biker’s Café amongst others – will provide an indulgent menu of food options for Dubai Food Carnival visitors.

With the UAE’s leading comedian, Ali Al Al Sayed, performing several daily sets, a plethora of Dubai’s top musical talent and entertainment acts will join the nation’s favourite funny man live on stage.

Highlights include ‘Crunksta’, a beat-box specialist in pop music hits, movie trailers and stand-up comedy routines, and popular Irish F&B outlet McGettigan’s house bands and solo artists. Elsewhere, Street Nights - a community-based celebration of street culture – will give a series of live street art performances, impressive graffiti canvases and world-class break-dancing across the venue.

The Carnival’s presenting partner, Etisalat, will also roll-out an array of family activities including healthy smoothie-making and water melon eating competitions, puppet shows, face painting, parades, music sessions with DJ Sarah L of Ministry of Sound fame, a ‘guess what you’re eating’ competition and culinary-themed quizzes.

Dubai Food Carnival will also feature competitions galore. In addition to ‘The Great Yalla BBQ’, a mega grill-off concept which returns with an exciting new format; event newcomer SoHo Grill, Dubai’s home-grown New York-themed steakhouse, will host a ‘Ribs n Bibs’ eating contest, while Hummingbird Bakery, the home of quality American baking in Dubai, will stage a ‘Little Bakers’ competition for kids at its stand.

Meanwhile, parents can keep little ones entertained at the fully-supervised Naughty Corner, where a wealth of activities for kids of all ages include Bouncy Castles, Bungee Swings, Electric Trains, Face Painting and all-new Pizza Making station.

With a host of public transport options available to and from Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Food Carnival organisers have arranged shuttle buses to the event venue from free parking sites at Skydive Dubai and Nakheel Gateway at the bottom of the Palm Jumeirah. A full schedule of shuttle bus times is available on the event website.

Fun, three-minute water taxis from Skydive Dubai to Dubai International Marine Club will also be in operation, while the public are also recommended to take the new Dubai Tram service to the Carnival’s location opposite Mina Seyahi station. In addition, the Carnival’s partnership with Uber will see new subscribers to the world’s leading transport service app rewarded with a promotional code worth AED100 of complimentary travel either to or from the event.

Dubai Food Carnival is open 3pm to 10pm on Thursday 12 February, and 12pm to 10pm on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 February. One-day tickets are available for only AED30 per person, while customers of the event’s Official Bank Partner, Emirates NBD, can take advantage of an AED10 discount. Children under 12 enter for free. All tickets are available from and Time Out Tickets ( For more information visit:

Box-out: Chef’s Dome Schedule

Thursday 12 February     Friday 13 February    Saturday 14 February

12:30pm        Tarek Ibrahim    Simon Rimmer

1:30pm        Simon Rimmer    Russell Impiazzi

2:30pm            Silvena Rowe    Sanjeev Kapoor

3:30pm    Tarek Ibrahim    Sanjeev Kapoor    Silvena Rowe

4:30pm    Russell Impiazzi    Simon Rimmer    Manal Al Alem

5:30pm        Silvena Rowe    Atul Kochhar    Silvena Rowe

6:30pm    Atul Kochhar    Manal Al Alam    Manal Al Alam

7:30pm    Simon Rimmer    Simon Rimmer    Tarek Ibrahim

8:30pm    Sanjeev Kapoor    Atul Kochhar    Sanjeev Kapoor

9:30pm    Manal Al Alam    Tarek Ibrahim   

*Timings subject to change

Katie Johnston / Sara Mahmoud, Total Communications Dubai - also photos


11.02.2015 / MaP

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