The biggest Doha Food Festival closed its doors on Saturday, marking its most successful year yet with more than 60,000 food lovers sampling culinary delights from 75 stands.
The four-day event organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) saw the country’s best and most popular restaurants take part as well as a range of activities for visitors including magic shows, Japanese cooking demonstrations, a “mystery box” competition and children’s entertainment.
On the final day of the festival, the Gold medal winners of the cooking competition, involving 15 of Qatar’s finest hotel chefs, were announced with the Ritz Carlton Doha, the Kempinski Doha, Moevenpick Towers and The Torch Doha taking home the top honours.
The Intercontinental Doha was honoured with the “Best Sales” award and La Cigale won the “Best Design”. Ahmed al-Nuami, QTA Chairman, said the food festival brought together the community and showcased the great diversity of Qatar’s population.
He said the emphasis on Japanese cuisine, part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Qatar-Japan relations, proved especially popular.
“The ‘Taste and Fun’ food festival is fast becoming a landmark community event in Doha,” al- Nuami said. “It is important for the QTA to bring these events to the community. Not only did visitors enjoy great food and fun entertainment in record numbers, they also had the opportunity to taste dishes from other cultures which all seek to promote cultural awareness in our amazingly diverse community.”
Al-Nuami also thanked the festival sponsors including Jungle Zone, Askar Industrial Company and Worldwide Tents and Halls.
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