Dubai Food Festival is a city-wide culinary celebration that showcases the Emirate’s emergence as a gastronomy destination through a 23-day programme of food-related consumer and trade events, activities, promotions and appearances by food celebrities.

The Festival promotes the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offering – from five-star gourmet dining to everyday restaurants and cafés for all budgets; international brands to a burgeoning scene of home-grown concepts influenced by traditional Emirati cuisine and the flavours of the 200 nationalities that live in Dubai.

The four key themes of this year’s festival are as follows:

Emirati Cuisine, focusing on authentic, local cuisine and cultural experiences that showcase both traditional as well as up-and-coming Emirati concepts and chefs.

Home-grown, celebrating the emerging scene of independent restaurants and concepts influenced by the diversity of the 200 nationalities in Dubai.

Multicultural Dining & Street Food, showcasing the range of everyday, street-side restaurant and café experiences in Dubai, offering great value and authentic flavours, and catering to communities across the city.

International chefs and restaurants, which will highlight the influx of restaurants conceived or owned by world leading and Michelin-starred chefs who increasingly are choosing Dubai. Dubai Food Festival is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and is part of a broader strategy to develop a year-round programme of city-wide festivals that acts as a major contributor to the growth of the tourism and retail sectors.

DFF 2015 will play host to a number of renowned celebrity chefs.

Chef Silvena Rowe successfully opened The Mayfair Hotel’s critically-acclaimed restaurant, Quince, and is the author of six best-selling cookery books.

A Palestinian chef and one of the most prominent chefs in the global Arabic community, Chef Manal al Alem has been sharing her cooking skills with families in the Middle East region for 15 years.

An award-winning Indian chef and television personality in Pan-Asian markets, Sanjeev Kapoor is best known as the author of numerous Indian-style cookbooks.

Michelin-starred Jason Atherton has become one of the top chefs in the United Kingdom.

Saudi Arabian super chef Yousef Khumayes, is the owner of the acclaimed ‘Garnish’ fine-dining restaurant in Jeddah.