The end of the year brings with it cooler weather, longer weekends and the Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, brought to you by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi. Running until 14 December, the season is a six-week-long chance to taste and celebrate everything that Abu Dhabi’s culinary scene has to offer.
One of the world’s most vibrant cities, Abu Dhabi’s unique blend of cultures has produced a rich mix of food and drink, hundreds of different cuisines and some of the best restaurants in the region.
During the season, you’ll be able to tuck into events that bring you right into the kitchen, and will have you sitting down to break bread with the chefs behind the dishes.
As part of the Tastemasters series, world renowned Michelin-starred chefs are hosted in Abu Dhabi’s best restaurants, cooking dishes that bring their own country’s cuisine to the region. This weekend, expect to see Paolo Cappuccio from Italy at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche’s Parmigiana from December 4-6.
In addition, the Chef’s Table initiative celebrates the very best stars of Abu Dhabi, and you’ll be able to sit down to dine at tables right in the heart of the action with the chefs themselves. Over 20 fine dining restaurants have opened their doors to this immersive experience, including COYA, Oak Room and Roberto’s.
“Not only is Abu Dhabi known for having top local culinary talent, we are also able to attract visiting celebrity chefs based on our reputation as a food hub, given the calibre of fine dining restaurants in the capital, and the demand for state-of-the-art food experiences by residents,” said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Acting Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi.
Throughout the season, Abu Dhabi also plays host to incredible events including the Formula One Grand Prix and concerts from some of the world’s biggest acts. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned the city’s cultural diversity and landmarks. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, for instance, is an architectural marvel.
And there’s more. Between December 5-9, World of Food Abu Dhabi, at one of the capital’s favourite parks, Umm Al Emarat, promises a culinary journey of street food from more than a dozen countries, featuring both savoury and sweet food dishes. There will also be an exciting challenge at the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest variety of desserts at one time in one location.
Foodies can also walk away with far more than a fabulous meal. Abu Dhabi Culinary Season has teamed up with Zomato to invite residents and visitors to feast their way to big prizes with the Dine & Win promotion running until December 14.
Being in with a chance to win couldn't be simpler, with each customer receiving a scratch-and-win coupon and a raffle ticket to enter a draw when they spend a minimum of AED 200 at any participating outlet. At the end of the promotion, a raffle draw will be held to award four lucky winners with AED 10,000 in mall vouchers, and one lucky customer will take home the grand prize of AED 25,000 in mall vouchers.
The only question now is, will there be room for dessert?