The Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF) is a spectacular celebration of international cuisine and it returns to the UAE capital this December.
With events held across Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Dhafra from December 5 to 23, the flavour-filled celebration has a range of activations and concepts, such as street feasts, fine dining experiences and cooking demonstrations from some of the world’s most celebrated chefs.
Spread across 17 days and three weekends, the festival also includes a renowned restaurant week, a prestigious awards programme and engaging initiatives, such as Dinner En Blanc, Picnic By the Park, family eating challenges and mystery dinners. That’s not to mention when things get really wild with Dining with the Lions and a sky-high rooftop pop-up.
Running right across the emirate, ADFF will serve up 15 new feature events this year, including the Truckers Carnival, the Street Food Market, the Big Picnic, Beach Feast, Delicious Cinema, the Truckers Exit, the Top Secret Long Table, and the ever-popular Street Feast in both Abu Dhabi and Al Ain as well as a Truckers Park in Al Dhafra.
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ADFF will bring some of the best street food chefs from across the world to the region for the first time, where they’ll appear in various locations around the festival for live demos and cooking masterclasses. Food trucks will deliver a fantastic culinary experience for all with more than 40 food trucks featuring across the emirate with a vast range of options, as well as a Night Market.
The Festember 40 Mule Market Space will bring a touring culinary experience to the ADFF table, where six all-new mobile food concepts (five local and one international) will pop up in exclusive locations around Abu Dhabi. Also look out for such delicious delights as Zomato Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week, themed dinners and a selection of F&B promotions.
This year sees the return of the SIAL Trade Fair, the innovative and increasingly popular food, beverage and hospitality event. SIAL will feature eight distinct activities for 2017, including the Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition and Abu Dhabi Food Security Round Tables, where top industry experts will discuss the key issue of food security in the region.
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The fair also includes a Hosted Buyer Programme, where exhibitors and buyers can meet and match sourcing requirements, the La Cuisine competition for professional chefs and a Roaming Chefs feature, where the La Cuisine chefs will host guided tours around the show.
There is also the SIAL Innovation Area, which will showcase the world’s most innovative products, SIAL Conferences (innovative panels tailored to SIAL Middle East’s core industry sectors), and the prestigious Mercury Awards – the 36th edition of the Mercurys will be held here at ADFF 2017.
Additionally, ADFF will have a full range of activations and promotions in the emirate’s hotels, restaurants and malls to look forward to. So, as you can see, our festival menu is overflowing with tantalising events and mouth-watering possibilities, with something sumptuous for every palate.
You can keep up to date with all the events and activities surrounding the Abu Dhabi Food Festival by following @AbuDhabiEvents on social media.