Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2018

Organised by Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

The 4th Edition of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival is back with a 17-day menu of culinary events featuring the world’s most delectable flavours from the region’s most celebrated chefs. Brought to you by the Department of Culture and Tourism, this year’s festival will take place between the 6th and 22nd of December, with over 100 restaurants taking part and enveloping more than 5 specialist events.

Shining the spotlight on the city diverse gastronomic offerings, a host of brand new foodie concepts will be unveiled, alongside the return of crowd favourites; World of Food, Big Grill, the Fam Food Feast and Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week: Presented by Time Out Abu Dhabi. This year, the Abu Dhabi Food Festival is also delighted to welcome Mexico as the 2018 Guest of Honour, embracing Mexican entertainment and epicurean delights from world-renowned Mexican chefs throughout the festival.

date and time

Thu, Dec 06, 2018 - Sat, Dec 22, 2018

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi


Date Time Location Notes
Dec 06 - Dec 09, 2018 05:00 PM 12:00 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Festember
Location: Louvre Abu Dhabi/Waterfront Park
Dec 06 - Dec 08, 2018 Yas Links, Abu Dhabi Big Grill
Dec 13 - Dec 17, 2018 04:00 PM 11:00 PM Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi World Food
Location: Umm Al Emarat/Amphitheatre 
Dec 10 - Dec 12, 2018 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi SIAL
Dec 07 - Dec 20, 2018 03:00 PM 08:00 PM Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi MAS Vegan Market
Art Studio Workshops
Food Photography
Getting Creative with Your Leftovers’ with Chef Lorenzo
Pasta Live Cooking Station’ with Chef Lorenzo
FOODWAYS: The Evolution of Cultural Identity in the Emirates
Food Movie Screenings
Dec 14, 2018 04:00 PM 06:00 PM Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi Urban Retreat: Food Photography Masterclass
Dec 13 - Dec 17, 2018 04:00 PM 11:00 PM Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi World of Food
4:00pm – 12:00am weekends
Dec 19 - Dec 22, 2018 01:00 PM 09:00 PM Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi Fam Food Feast


Dates: December 5-9 
Daily, 5:00pm - 12:00am
Location: Waterfront Park, Louvre Abu Dhabi

The annual art, lifestyle and entertainment platform showcasing a mix of local and regional entrepreneurs, new businesses, game-changing ideas and innovative concepts. Created and funded by two ambitious young Emiratis, Noora Al Mazrui and Latifa Mohammed, Festember has fast become one of the region’s most recognised stages to focus on emerging brands.

Join the five days of live entertainment, gourmet food concepts and innovative local business ideas in Abu Dhabi!

Big Grill

Dates: 6-8 December
Location: Yas Links 

Celebrate the art of fire and smoke cooking with chefs and pitmasters from all over the UAE. With an open-air live concert, Grill Master teaching classes and a ‘King of the Grill’ competition promising great prizes, this 3-day event serves up something for everyone.

Don't miss the  three day grill-based event sizzling alongside a mix of entertainment and activities!

World of Food

Dates: December 13 – 17
Time: 4:00pm – 11:00pm weekdays, 4:00pm – 12:00am weekends
Location: The Amphitheatre, Umm Al Emarat Park

A global tasting tour of more than a dozen countries blended with signature menus from award-winning Master-chefs. And to top off this 5-day foodie (and Instagrammer’s) extravaganza? A mix of cake decorating demonstrations, live music, cooking shows, coffee-brew bars and fantastic competitions. 
Sample some of the best tastes on the planet, all in one place.

Fam Food Feast

Dates:  December 19-22
Venue: Umm Al Emarat Park
Timing: 1:00pm - 9:00pm

A wholesome family food experience with live kids shows and creative workshops for the little ones, and late-night entertainment for the adults.
The event features shows, singalongs and superb eating outlets...a foodie-inspired day out for the whole family.

Restaurant Week

Dates: December 6-22

To celebrate this year's festival a host of Abu Dhabi's most celebrated restaurants will be putting on a sumptuous array of set menus, all available at a discounted price. Enjoy the finest dining experiences in the region at a special one-off cost, for seven days only. 
For one week only, dine out at the best restaurants in the city at a special rate!

Treasure Hunt

Dates: December 6-22
Location: Citywide
For the first time ever, you can join a citywide scavenger hunt for food festival goodies with the brand new app, Traceberry. Simply download Traceberry’s augmented reality scavenger game on the App Store or Google Play, and you’ll instantly gain access to a treasure trove of cuisines, offers and promotions from Abu Dhabi Food Festival participants, and automatically enter the festival’s prize draw to boot.


Dates: December 10-12
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
The UAE capital's leading food, beverage and hospitality event and home to the region's largest culinary competition, La Cuisine. Alongside the most exciting global F&B product innovations on display, the attention turns to the most  prestigious award in travel catering, The Mercurys. 

MAS Events

MAS Vegan Market
Dates: December 14 
Time: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Terrace, Manarat Al Saadiyat
A joint programme combining the MAS Vegan Market with Manarat Al Saadiyat to dish up inventive vegan cuisine from the UAE’s favourite organic hotspots. Combine his healthy-eating fix with a wealth of holistic activities like yoga and reiki for a reviving and completely guilt-free day. 

Art Studio Workshops
Dates: 11-12 December
Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat
Aimed at a spectrum of ages, this year's Art Studio Workshops lets kids channel their inner artist with paper fruit cutouts, while giving adults a go at unique portraits in the style of famed abstract painters And for the visitors who aren't afraid of getting their hands dirty, there's some mucky clay bowl making sessions to get stuck into. 

Food Photography
Dates: December 7 - 8
Location: L'Arte, Manarat Al Saadiyat
Learn how to take your passion for photography to the next level. Led by star photographers Mohamad Al Munasif and Ali Arbes, this specialist food photography class will teach you all the tricks to turn those social media snaps into beautiful images worthy of potential publication.

Getting Creative with Your Leftovers’ with Chef Lorenzo
Dates: December 12 & 19
7:00pm- 8:00pm
Location: L'Arte, Manarat Al Saadiyat
Transforming what's left over in your fridge from something barely edible, to something worth serving is somewhat of an art. In this culinary experience class, Chef Lorenzo teaches you how to do just that. You'll never look at a half-eaten bit of cheese the same again.

Pasta Live Cooking Station’ with Chef Lorenzo
Dates: December 11 & 18
Timing: 7:00pm- 8:00pm
Location: L'Arte, Manarat Al Saadiyat
Master-Chef Lorenzo will be holding a live cooking station at Abu Dhabi's L'Arte restaurant dedicated to pasta. As well as giving a handful of participants the opportunity to make their own pasta, they'll also learn how to add their own creative touch to each plate.

FOODWAYS: The Evolution of Cultural Identity in the Emirates
Dates: December 17
Timing: 8:30pm
Location: Theatre, Manarat Al Saadiyat
An open talk on the challenges of creating a cultural identity through food in the UAE. Moderated by art correspondent, Mellissa Gronlund of The National, the panel will be held by three renowned culinary voices,  food blogger Hessa Khalifa and food authors Dr Habib Al Mulla and Hanan Sayed Worrell.

Food Movie Screenings
Dates: December 9, 11, 16 & 18
Location: Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat
A host of fantastic films, kicking off with the short film 'Siracha' - detailing the origin story of the iconic Asian hot sauce. This is followed by the Stanley Tucci starred Big Night, the coming-of age biopic Chef Flynn and finally, a profile of a famous restaurateur in Ella Brennan: Commanding The Table.

Food Movie Screening
Dates: December 20
Location: Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat
A double feature with a Latin American twist, with a special showing of the Mexican episode of Ambassador's Cuisine 2017 from Baynounah TV, and the screening of Canela - Cinnamon, chronicling the journey of Tere, a restaurant owner in Mexico City who loses her passion for cooking after the death of a loved one.

Urban Retreat: Food Photography Masterclass

Dates: December 14
Timing: 4:00pm
Location: Urban Retreat, Yas Mall
Learn how to frame and snap like social media superstar @sabineonthego. Having amassed tens of thousands of Instagram followers for her unique cuisine and travel shots, Sabine will be offering a masterclasss in foodie photography to transform your feed.  

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