In 2016, we’re bringing back the wildly popular Etisalat Beach Canteen for the entire length of Dubai Food Festival. From 25 February to 12 March 2016, Etisalat Beach Canteen on Kite Beach is your festival hub for a huge array of dining and entertainment events. You can look forward to favourites from 2015, like appearances from various celebrity chefs and 15 home-grown restaurant concepts. In addition to the foodie fun, Etisalat Beach Canteen will feature daily programming and entertainment such as children’s activities and beach sports to the soundtrack of local bands and DJs. New to the lineup this year, don’t miss The Best of the Dubai Farmers’ Markets and the live Chefs Demonstration stage featuring talented local and international celebrity chefs.
Fitness classes on the beach
Fuel your calorie burn as you savour all of the events on offer. In collaboration with community gyms and fit and fashionable expert-led classes by The Hotbox Kit, each day Etisalat Beach Canteen will feature a different class: HIT (High Intensity training), beach yoga (morning, and evening) and beach Pilates. Don’t forget to turn up for “Work Out Wednesdays” by Physique TV dedicated to fitness and wellbeing, letting you enjoy all the gastronomic delights without guilt.
Connect with a community of artists at Etisalat Beach Canteen’s Open Mic nights. Every week, twice a week local singers and musicians will showcase their talents under a different genre. Want to participate? Tag @DubaiFoodFest in a 15 second audition onFacebook or Instagram using the hashtags #RaiseYourMic and #BeachCanteen for a chance to perform.
Monday 29 February: Jazz
Tuesday 1 March : Pop & Top 40 covers
Monday 7 March: Latino
Wednesday 9 March: Rock & Alternative
Family: Storytelling by the sea
Join BookMunch Café in a nautical celebration of storytelling by the seashore every Thursday and Sunday. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy extraordinary stories and characters inspired by food in a fine feast of storytelling.
Market week – The Best of Dubai Farmers’ Markets
An authentic selection of the best vendors from the different Farmers’ Markets around Dubai will present a sensory feast at the Etisalat Beach Canteen. Grab a taste of the freshest produce around town in a picnic setting at the beach.
Market week – Food and Fashion
Head to a daytime beach market representing the best design and fashion vendors of the region. Passion and creativity to suit every palate will be in attendance. Maybe you’ll even spot the next big trend while you dig into the fashion-inspired menus against the terrific deck views.
Music and Mocktails
Enjoy an evening of fun music and festive vibes. Savour the buzz of cultural curiosity as the sounds of international music intertwine with merry mocktails in an unmissable feast for the senses.
Food & Film is back
Think out of the box (office) and come along a culinary exploration of cinematic storytelling. Set under the stars, every Friday night will feature unique servings of film-inspired gastronomical delights beside family-friendly movies. It’s the perfect pairing of food and film.