This year's Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF) is set to return with events, promotions, and culinary experiences, taking place across the city from December 6th to 22nd. ADFF is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), attracting foodies, families and friends. Visitors will be entertained with food trucks, markets, movies, photography workshops and celebrity chef appearances. With more than 100 restaurants involved, six new initiatives, partnerships with major hospitality industry players and hotel groups, participation of more than 10 local and international personalities and chefs, ADFF will be the place to visit this December.
Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of the Tourism Sector, at DCT Abu Dhabi said, “Abu Dhabi Food Festival is undoubtedly one of the premier culinary events in the region. Events such as Abu Dhabi Food Festival position the emirate as a culinary attractive destination for tourists to visit and have a positive impact on our industry growth in terms of the number of visitors arriving. With the large number of culinary tourists coming to the region, promoters involved with ADFF have an unmissable opportunity to grow their respective operations."
ADFF 2018 will feature hot new culinary concepts, innovative tastes and amazing deals. Festival goers can expect the World of Food Abu Dhabi coming for the first time at the Corniche, Big Grill on Yas Island, and the Abu Dhabi Food Festival Scavenger Hunt competition with the chance to win a big prize. In addition, Festember will be back to be hosted at a new exciting location, alongside Abu Dhabi Restaurant week, SIAL Middle East as well as many more culinary diverse offerings.
World of Food Abu Dhabi will lead visitors on a culinary journey through more than 15 World Kitchens, with award winning MasterChef’s from those countries who are passionate and proud of their cooking heritage - all of whose designs will likely go viral on social media.
The food festival this year will also visit Manarat Al Saadiyat to see a MAS Vegan Market that features an array of inventive takes on vegan cuisine from UAE's vegan hotspots, along with activities promoting a holistic and healthy lifestyle, such as Yoga and Reiki sessions, as well as food photography sessions which teach attendees how to create aesthetic and enticing images of food that can be used for advertising, cookbooks, or other media. Art studio workshops will also be on offer to this year's attendees with activities where Art Studio will adapt its drop-in workshops on these dates for adults, juniors and children.
Over the past three years, ADFF has successfully attracted both residents and visitors alike to enjoy not only exciting cuisines from some of the best chefs from around the globe, but also some of the most scrumptious food-related experiences available anywhere in the world today. Each year has seen a packed creative programme of delectable offerings that further position Abu Dhabi as a truly F&B hub of culinary inspiration; and 2018 looks set to be even more sought after than what has been experienced before.