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Qatari cuisine is distinctive and has its own particular flavour. They make use of aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric, which not only enhance the taste of their dishes but also make them visually appealing.
Beyond its own local delights, Qatar is also teeming with international restaurants and tastemakers that enrich its gastro scene.
Realizing the potential of food tourism, the Qatari government has arranged a large-scale event annually called the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF). Here’s everything you can expect from the biggest food festival in Qatar.
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Qatar International Food Festival 2023
Every year, QIFF showcases a variety of culinary exhibits from both local and international sources, providing attendees with a fun experience that’s suitable for families. Additionally, festival-goers can enjoy a range of unique activities such as live cooking demonstrations, cooking contests, masterclasses and various other attractions.
For its twelfth iteration this year, the event will have new activities which guests may look forward to.
- Fireworks display
- Roaming acts
- Dinner in the sky experience
- A high-end afternoon tea with Harrods
- Vegan section
- A healthy food section
- A kids section
- VIP section (accessible by everyone)
- Limited access VIP section (by invite only)
- Live cooking stage
- Ice rink
- Food-related workshop (requires an entry ticket)
Qatar International Food Festival 2023 dates
The event will take place from 11 March to 21 March 2023. Make sure that you do not miss the festival date.
Qatar International Food Festival 2023 location
This gastronomic festival will be held on Qatar’s Lusail Boulevard. You can book an Uber ride or take the QNB metro to get there. If you choose to drive yourself, parking is also available. For a more precise position, see the map below.
Qatar International Food Festival 2023 timing
Visitors can enjoy the festival from 2 PM to 11 PM on weekdays. On weekends, however, the opening hours will be extended by two hours, from 2 PM to 1 AM.
Qatar International Food Festival 2023 tickets
Everyone is in luck since they can attend the festival for free. Keep in mind that some attractions within the event may be ticketed.