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QIFF 2019 all set to open doors on 20th March 2019

19 March 2019

The visitors and residents in Qatar will get the golden opportunity to savour a diverse range of local and international dishes, as the eighth edition of Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) opened doors on Wednesday, the 20th March 2019.

The 11-day food festival will be held at Oxygen Park in Education City.

Rashed Al Qurese from Qatar National Tourism Council recently mentioned that he is excited to launch this year’s edition of QIFF with the support of partners and celebrate the success of the decade-long food tradition that continues to draw celebrity chefs, food-lovers, food and beverage entrepreneurs and many members of the diverse community in Qatar.

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Some of these renowned chefs include Masharu Morimoto (US Iron Chef - Japan), Richard Sandoval (critically-acclaimed chef, global restaurateur and cookbook author - US), Eric Lanlard (patissier and celebrity chef - France), Elif Edes Tapan (Turkey), Manal al-Alem (celebrity chef, TV host and author - Jordan), and Jason Atherton (UK).

Popular Indian chefs, Ranveer Brar (TV show host, judge and food stylist) and Goila Saranch (restaurateur) have been invited to the festival to prepare Indian dishes as part of the 2019 Qatar – India Year of Culture.

Other celebrity chefs who will be taking the centre stage at the 11-day festival are: Aisha al-Tamimi (Qatar), Noora al-Kuwari (Qatar), Jameela al-Lenqawi (Kuwait), Tasneem al-NasrAllah (Kuwait), Noora al-Mazroui (Qatar), Al Yazi al-Waad (Kuwait), Ameena Mussa (Qatar), Sarra al-Sayed (Qatar), Hend Salah (Qatar), Siba Mtongana (South Africa), Jenny Morris (South Africa), Stephane Bucholzer (France), Dominique Ansel (France), Salma Soleiman (Egypt), Wafik Belaid (Tunisia), Chef Belkhams (Qatar), Chef Hassan (Qatar), Stephane Buchholzer, Francesco Scala (Italy), Shane Macneill (Ireland), and Rusly Ahmed (Sri Lanka).

Al-Qurese noted that QIFF played a key role in QNTC’s strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism experiences through vibrant festivals and events.

The Live Cooking Theatre will also feature food photography sessions and contests from 4pm to 6pm daily, in addition to guest chefs’ tips and tricks with a special food theme during their demonstrations.

Also, select five-star restaurants across Doha will offer residents and visitors a chance to join internationally-acclaimed chefs for an interactive cooking and tasting experience through QIFF Chef’s Table.

Meanwhile, over 90 restaurants around Qatar are already serving a curated “QIFF Menu” throughout the month of March, as part of QIFF. The ‘QIFFMenu’ has been a popular feature of the festival in the previous editions, adding to the festivities of the annual event outside its main venue, the Oxygen Park in Education City.

Restaurants and cafes will offer an exclusive 3-course 'QIFF Menu', comprising a starter, main course an dessert at discounted pricing of QR45, QR95 and QR125.  Out of these, 35 restaurants are located in hotels, 16 within malls and 40 are standalone restaurants. Although the festival will be held from 20th to 30th March, people will get to enjoy QIFF Menus in their favourite restaurants all through the month of March.

The QIFF Menu forms part of the country’s longest-running festival, and celebrates the cultural diversity in Qatar.

Visit website for finding out participating locations.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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