Qatar Int’l Food Festival returns for 12th year from March 11, Liberian made ‘rice bread’ to showcase

Joelyn Baluyut | The Peninsula

Experience culinary glory from fine dining to street food as the 12th Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) returns on March 11, which will continue till March 21 at its new location at Lusail Boulevard.

The celebration of the world’s best cuisines offers the taste from local shawarma to Mexican tacos and Liberian rice bread, Qatar Tourism (QT) said on its website.

“Kitchen creatives can also learn a trick or two in the masterclasses and live cooking shows,” it added.

Aside from international cuisines, Qatari delicacies including machboos, luiqamat, and karak tea can be found anywhere along the stretch of Lusail Boulevard.

Together with delectable cuisine, there will be fireworks each night at 9pm, roving entertainers, a dinner in the sky experience, a high-end afternoon tea with Harrods, a vegan section, a kids section (Kidzmondo/Kidzania), and an ice rink.

Similar to its 11th edition, a live cooking stage and ticketed workshops will be held. Some of the highlights of the event include a VIP area that is accessible to everyone and a VIP lounge that is by invitation only.

The festival opens on week days from 2pm to 11pm and on weekends from 2pm to 1am. Entrance is free with registration via Qatar Tourism website. One can go to QIFF via metro (drop off at QNB Metro station), taxi or private car.

Foodies expressed excitement as the eagerly anticipated festival draws closer.

Sarah from the Philippines said,  “It was missed last year, but the country offered a plethora of food options in every corner of Doha. I’m looking forward to the live cooking show and meet some of the world famous chefs.”

Hugo from Mexico said his last attendance at QIFF was in the 2021 edition and will also attend this year. He’s thrilled to witness it again.

“Visiting the food festival is like taking a gastronomic tour of the world; you’ll meet people from different cultures and taste their cuisine. It’s fun I tell you.”

Al Bidda Park hosted the previous edition of the food festival in December 2021. The three-week event featured food trucks, food booths, live culinary demonstrations, performances, and entertainment activities. Eight chefs from top-tier restaurants were among the 16 internationally renowned celebrity chefs that joined the festival.

QIFF is a Qatar Tourism initiative celebrating the country’s diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings. The said festival is part of the line-up of its winter in Qatar festival.

Meanwhile, Ramadan Bazaar is the culmination of the winter campaign where visitors and residents can spend their evening, after breaking the fast, with family-friendly activities around Qatar.

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