Qatar Tourism (QT) celebrated the opening of the twelfth edition of the annual Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) on 11 March 2023, at the newly-minted Al Sa’ad Plaza in Lusail Boulevard, and in the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and with opening remarks presented by Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
On until March 21, QIFF is Qatar’s longest-running food and beverage festival and is a headline event in the country’s annual social calendar. In partnership with Qatar Airways, more than 80 exciting and popular culinary vendors will attend the eleven-day festival, which is expected to attract more than 7,000 visitors a day.
QIFF 2023 will run daily from 4-11 pm on weekdays, and 4 pm - 1 am on weekends. Entrance is free, with pre-registration available on the Visit Qatar website. Partners to this year’s edition are Talabat, Ooredoo, Askar, Qatar Museums: The Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture, and Expo 2023 Doha Qatar.
QIFF 2023 will offer five daily live cooking theatres, which will feature some of the region’s most dynamic and respected chefs, including 29 of participating chefs.
Food-loving festivalgoers can also attend ticketed interactive food masterclasses where they will have the unique opportunity to sharpen their skillset with some of the industry’s finest. Some industry favourites include Rachel Allen, Chef Wan, East Levant and more.
There will be a host of unusual - and delicious! - dining options available for guests. Attendees can also enjoy their very own high-end Harrod’s afternoon tea.
The festival’s customary cornucopia of world cuisine food trucks will make a return for 2023. From sumptuous Mexican tacos to gorgeously flavoursome Filipino Kare Kare, guests are sure to find something mouth-watering amongst the melee of carts.
In a true tribute to international cuisine, QIFF will see an area dedicated to Indonesian cuisine, in celebration of the Qatar-Indonesia Year of Culture 2023. Finally, an entire section of the festival will exclusively house vegan cuisine, and healthy food options.
A suite of varied and lively entertainment options for the entire family will be on offer at QIFF 2023. Throughout the festival, there will be roaming acts, a nightly fireworks show and a publicly-accessible VIP section.
Guests can get their skates on with a custom-made skate ring, and an entire Kids section will be available for the little ones, with entertainment organised by Aura Entertainment.
QIFF 2023 can be easily accessed by metro (QNB station) and car, with several parking options in close proximity to Lusail Boulevard. On a daily basis, all leftover food will be collected and distributed by the festival’s charity partner Hifz Al NAENA.
Source and cover image credit: Press Release
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