As Qatar and Indonesia celebrate each other’s cultures and traditions during the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture, an annual international exchange designed to deepen understanding between nations and their people, residents of both countries will get a literal taste during a series of culinary partnerships.
To mark the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture, the cultural exchange program will celebrate Indonesian cuisine through collaborations with the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), the Jiwan by Alain Ducasse restaurant at the National Museum of Qatar, and the Sultan’s Tent Ramadan experience at the W Hotel Doha.
All three of the culinary collaborations are done in partnership with Javara, an Indonesia-based company dedicated to sustaining forgotten food biodiversity heritage. Through partnership with farmers, foragers, fishers and food artisans, Javara offers a wide range of natural, organic and artisanal food products originating from various regions of Indonesia.
Taking place starting March 11 at the Lusail Boulevard, QIFF is a Qatar Tourism initiative celebrating the country's diverse food, beverage, and hospitality offerings. This year, Indonesia will be the designated Guest of Honor and Javara will host live culinary cultural performances on March 17 and March 19 (at the VIP tent).
The presence of Indonesian flavors continues at QIFF, where an Indonesian Corner and two Indonesian restaurants, Mama Rozie and Tofu & Cake, are setting up booths to introduce authentic Indonesian dishes to the local community.
Parallel to the local culinary activations, a five-course dinner menu merging flavors from Qatar and Indonesia will be added to the Jiwan Restaurant dinner service on March 16. The local community is welcome to enjoy the Qatari Indonesian fusion meal by making a reservation through the Jiwan restaurant.
Last but not least, the Years of Culture initiative will collaborate with the W Doha to include an Indonesian menu during the last two weeks of Ramadan at The Sultan Tent. The Javara and W Doha chefs worked together to bring the Indonesian Ramadan experience to Qatar. W Doha will also display artworks and crafts made by artisans in Indonesia.
The Qatar Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture is full of cultural celebrations that highlight the similarities between the two countries, embracing the differences in cuisines and flavors, bringing a merged experience to the public to enjoy and appreciate.
Source and cover image credit: Press Release
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