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Qatar International Food Festival begins today

Qatar International Food Festival begins today

The sixth edition of the annual Qatar International Food Festival begins today at 5.30pm at the Museum of Islamic Art park. The festival runs until March 28, and is open to public from 1.30pm to 10.30pm daily.

Here’s what’s in store?


The sixth edition of QIFF 2015 will feature a number of zones including a Welcome Zone, reception office and a Stage Zone, where the public, especially families, can enjoy the great range of entertainment activities. The Food Zone will host high-profile restaurants offering premium food from all over the world. Delicious international dishes will be prepared at the International Zone, courtesy of Qatar’s five-star hotels. And in the Turkey-Qatar Zone, traditional Turkish and Qatari food will be made in a magnificent traditional Qatari tent.

Dinner in the Sky

The unique Dinner in the Sky Zone, one of the essential signature activities, will be coming back to this year’s edition of the festival. This year, Qatar Airways will be the official sponsor of the Dinner in the Sky, offering ‘A Taste of Business Class’, giving guests the opportunity to experience the airline’s five-star Business Class service. Guests can relax in the ‘Business Class lounge’ area where they will be served palate pleasers created by the airline’s celebrity chefs including mushroom and rice fritters with mild chili and garlic sauce, by Chef Vineet Bhatia, and black cod with miso, from Chef Nobu. Once on board, the 22 guests will be served their main course by Qatar Airways award-winning cabin crew, before finishing off their sky-high culinary experience with a delicious Ladurée dessert and Valrhona Chocolates.

Live Cooking

The Live Cooking Zone, which includes a seating area for 100 guests, LED screens, and live feed area, will host celebrity chefs from around the world.

High Tea-Lounge

The High Tea-Lounge Zone includes a double-deck tent with shaded terrace: the ground floor will host food stalls, while the first floor will offer premium English, Chinese and Arabic tea at any time during operating hours.

Instagram Market

The Instagram Market will be filled with stalls from top Qatari female chefs who are active on Instagram for live preparation of local dishes as the organisers are supporting local culinary talents and intend to promote the festival on social media channels by allowing Instagram users to exchange ideas and thoughts about QIFF 2015.

Water Zone

The Water Zone, sponsored by the Diplomatic Club, will include festival attendee favourites, Barbeque Donuts and Dinner on a Dhow. The Dinner on a Dhow is a perfect mixture of fine dining and a touch of local and regional culture. A traditional Dhow will be fitted out with tables, seating and buffet sections as well as barbeque and cooking facilities. Also there will be the Health Truck, an initiative launched by Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, as well as a zone to display internationally certified organic vegetables, provided by domestic Al Safwa Farm.

Entertainment shows

Singers as well as regional and international music bands will take part in the festival’s entertainment shows, providing popular tunes as well as dancing and traditional shows.

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