Dubai Food Festival 2023


Dubai reaffirms status as leading destination for food tourism, unveils details of 10th Dubai Food Festival

Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has hosted the third Dubai Gastronomy Forum – the major industry event focused on engaging Dubai’s key F&B stakeholders, showcasing new gourmet concepts and content series, highlighting key events and culinary happenings with a briefing of Dubai Food Festival 2023 – all further elevating Dubai’s position as a leading global destination for food tourism.

The event, attended by 150 gastronomy industry culinary stakeholders, hotel groups, destinations, key industry specialists, and F&B partners, was hosted by DET and took place at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai.

The Gastronomy Forum, part of DET’s Gastronomy Always On (GAON) initiative, further reaffirmed Dubai’s standing as an international hub for gastronomy and a beacon for visionary restaurateurs, chefs, discerning foodies, epicurean travelers, and culinary enthusiasts.

During the forum, DET shared opportunities with industry stakeholders in the gastronomy sector of the forthcoming calendar of events, new content series, activations, and partnerships taking place to support and promote the F&B industry, to strengthen further the city’s dynamic ecosystem of more than 13,000 restaurants and cafés and rally their support in further enhancing the city’s reputation as a year-round global gastronomy hub.

As the industry looks forward to 2023, DET also unveiled new details of the 10th-anniversary edition of the much-anticipated Dubai Food Festival (DFF).

Taking place from April 21 – May 7, 2023, DFF 2023 will showcase the depth, diversity, and creativity of Dubai’s gastronomy offering through an expanded program of events and activities, celebrating homegrown concepts, Emirati and international cuisine, as well as global trends and the chefs, culinary pioneers, gourmet thought leaders and tastemakers that continue to reflect and inspire Dubai.

During the 17-day DFF, much-loved activities will take place, including the return of the ever-popular Etisalat Beach Canteen showcasing homegrown foodie fun and Dubai Restaurant Week with delicious set menus at 50 of Dubai’s top restaurants.

DFF will also feature a host of events, pop-ups, and showcases such as 100 Foodie Experiences, including Masterclasses and Chefs Tables, partner events and gourmet concepts and tastings with Dubai-based and visiting chefs across the city, as well as the launch of the Dh10 Signature Dish initiative whereby restaurants and cafés roll-out classic flavors and tasters for an affordable price across 300 participating restaurants in celebration of the 10th edition. New concepts for 2023 will also include a brand-new Chefs in Town program of events, plus much more to follow.

Dubai has become one of the world’s most sought-after epicurean destinations. Its gastronomy scene has diversified and progressed in line with the expansion and development of the city and remains a key driver of growth for the tourism sector. Dubai welcomed 11.40 million international overnight visitors between January and October 2022. It was recognized as the No.1 global destination and the fourth leading destination for ‘Food Lovers’ in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2022, demonstrating the depth of the culinary scene and the diversity of culinary offerings.

The ‘Gastronomy Always On’ (GAON) campaign and dedicated team supports the culinary and F&B industry and leads a calendar of culinary events which highlight the core pillars which define Dubai as a global gastronomy hub with quality cuisine and experiences available for all; diversity, authenticity, value for money and experiential offerings.

For more information about Dubai’s gastronomy sector, please visit: or follow the official social channel @dubaieats. PR/ Expat Media

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