A sumptuous celebration of food will be served up in the emirate this December as the Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF) returns to the capital. Running right across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Gharbia from December 5th to 23rd, the festival will incorporate Gourmet Abu Dhabi, Street Feast and, for the first time, the SIAL Trade Fair, the fastest-growing food, beverage and hospitality event in the MENA region.
Spread over 19 days and taking in three weekends, ADFF will attract foodies, families and friends to enjoy not only cuisine from some of the best chefs on the planet, but also some of the most scrumptious street food available anywhere in the world today.
Gourmet Abu Dhabi will feature exceptional food experiences in a variety of world-class venues from 8th to 23rd December. It will also include a golf-themed event, with the return of Gourmet Golf, a barbeque event, featuring a collection of supercars, as well as ‘High Tea’ events, which will combine cutting edge fashion and some spectacular desserts.
A sprinkling of stardust will be added to Gourmet Abu Dhabi this year as Hollywood celebrities John Cusack and Jesse Metcalfe are set to join guests for some exquisite dining experiences. First to arrive in the capital is rising star and Hollywood heartthrob Jesse Metcalfe, whole will make a special appearances at one of Abu Dhabi’s most impressive restaurants Catch, at the Nation Riviera Beach Club, on December 9th. Then on December 16th, 12 lucky gourmet food lovers will share a table with John Cusack at Emirates Palace’s Presidential Suite, in a unique opportunity to interact with one of Tinseltown’s elite.
One of the highlights of this year's event will be the participation of some of cooking world's most famous celebrity chefs. MasterChef Australia star Matt Preston, acclaimed Michelin Star chef, restaurateur and global TV personality, Graham Elliot and Adriano Zumbo, star of Zumbo’s Just Desserts, will be delighting food fans with pop-up restaurant appearances, ‘Meet & Greets’ and cookbook signings during the festival.
Street Feast is also on the menu once again, promising a fantastic culinary experience for all. More than 60 food trucks will feature across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with over 150 different food options to choose from, which will make it the biggest food truck festival in UAE.
ADFF will also feature unique events such as ‘desert’, ‘sea’ and ‘sky’-themed dining experiences, a Gourmet Golf event, a ‘Fast Cars, Slow Food’ barbeque and live music, as well as a multitude of mall activations that will delight both families and children.
The event will also have a full range of activations and promotions in the emirate’s hotels, restaurants and malls. Main attractions on the menu include cooking demonstrations, ‘Kitchen Missions’ featuring Dora the Explorer, the Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob Squarepants, with live music, chocolate carving, and unique barbeque events.
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For more information about the individual elements of the festival, check out the events pages below...