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Event Alert: Taste of Dubai Festival 2012

Update: ToD 2013 will take place from March 14-16, 2013. You can currently get Buy One, Get One Free Tickets for Thursday, March 14 via Cobone.com – don’t miss out!

Being a longtime Dubai resident, I’m proud of the fact that I know of all the city’s hotspots and have gone to most of the big events in my 18 years of living here. That being said, I was happy to discover a new event yesterday – the Taste of Dubai Festival. And while most of you have probably visited already, hopefully this will encourage those who haven’t to pay a visit very soon!

Currently in its 5th year, Taste of Dubai (ToD) is the local version of the very popular Taste Festivals, which take place around the world including cities such as Amsterdam, Dublin, London and Sydney. The multi-day event becomes a hub for the city’s best chefs and restaurants to exhibit their edibles to foodies at one convenient location. Apart from eating, you can enjoy drinks, pick up cooking skills and get samples of new brands and products.

I was initially only going to visit ToD on Saturday for some St. Patrick’s Day fun, but got convinced to visit the first evening of the event. Highlights of my visit included learning some cooking skills with Giorgio Locatelli and Aarti Sequeira at the Miele Cookery School, followed by some food sampling of course. Picks from last night were:

  • Atlantis Tenderloin Wellington Truffle Mash – Seafire
  • Homemade chestnut potato ravioli, butter black truffle – Ronda Locatelli
  • Makhni khubani kofta, date and chilli rice – Indego
  • Creamy goats cheese tower with creme de mure vinaigrette – Rhodes Twenty10
  • Barbecue chicken at the Jack Daniel’s stand in the MMI Theatre

This year’s ToD runs from March 15-17 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater with tickets at AED 60 per person when purchased online and AED 75 when purchased at the door. So go an enjoy the last few days of Dubai’s winter and check out Taste of Dubai this weekend. I’ll be back on Saturday so tweet me @dollz87 to say hello!

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