Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017 is back in town to gratify your...

Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017 is back in town to gratify your taste buds!

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Great news for die-hard foodies and travellers visiting the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi in the month of December 2017. The most rewarding event of the city’s prestigious year-long event calendar – the Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF 2017), is back with a bang, promising to be a gastronomic delight and spectacular celebration of international cuisines.

Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017

Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra are the three locations that are going to feature awesome food trucks zone, street food festivals, night markets and plenty of food themed events. Starting from 7th December and going on up till 23rd December, guests can be part of 18 exciting events, all under the banner of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival. The exciting food festival will showcase the region’s best food trucks, street food chefs, and plenty of mouth-watering delicacies. The city will also host amazing deals on takeaways, restaurants, and food & beverage promotions with Zomato as well.

Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017

So, if you are traveling to Abu Dhabi or are within the vicinity, make sure to be part of the most soul-satiating festival in the Emirati Capital and revel in an unmatched gastronomic sojourn.

Key Events of Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2017

Truckers Carnival

A perfect fair featuring a mix of food trucks, delicious culinary fares, skill games and the installation of the world famous Luminarium giant inflatable, the Truckers Carnival is going to be one of the main headline event of ADFF, don’t miss it at any cost!

Dates – 07th December to 23rd December 2017. Timings – 4 PM to 11 PM (weekdays); 2 PM to 12 AM (Weekends). Address – Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Entry fees – Free entry for all, 20 AED for Luminarium

Ripe Night Market

As the name suggests, this event is a chance to interact with local businesses that focus on producing, marketing and selling organic fruit and vegetables, pickles, juices, superfoods, etc. and savour their fresh produce. The Ripe Night Market also has plenty of kitchen demos, live-entertainment, fitness workshops, kid’s activities, art and crafts store, fashion and jewellery kiosks.

Dates – 9th December 2017. Timings – 3 PM to 10 PM. Address - Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi. Entry Fees – 5 AED

Street Fest

The Street Fest is going to be a perfect collaboration of Street Art and Street Food, featuring close to 40 food trucks, the best street food chefs of Asia, Europe and America and plenty of cool dance battles featuring break dance, B-boying, hip hop and funk artists.

Dates – 14th December to 23rd December 2017. Timings – 4 PM to 12 PM. Address – Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Entry Fees – 30 AED

Food and Fashion

Be part of a charming evening hosted at the renowned Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, featuring a selection of fashion designers, latest collections by famed designers and a wonderful dinner comprising 3-course menu at the award-winning restaurant - Li Beirut.

Dates – 9th December 2017. Timings – Evening. Address - Li Beirut, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Entry Fees – 300 AED

Delicious Cinema

Enjoy a unique culinary and cinematographic journey, and whet your appetite as you watch films and try the same dishes and desserts that your favourite actors are having on-screen. Catch five wonderful movies and savour the same tempting, delicious dishes that have featured in the films.

Dates – 22nd December to 23rd December 2017. Timings – 6 PM to 11 PM. Address - Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. Entry Fees – 190 AED

Beach Feast

This year, Yas beach is going to be transported to the Caribbean! Two days of this chilled-out Beach Feast will let you try delicious Caribbean delicacies from Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana, as local reggae bands build up the Caribbean vibe. Beach games, warm sunshine, fun, flavours and frolic are guaranteed at the Beach Feast.  

Dates – 15th December to 16th December 2017. Timings – 12 PM to 12 AM. Address – Yas Beach, Abu Dhabi. Entry Fee – 30 AED

Top Secret Long Table

Based on exclusive invites, this top-secret food event is for selected special guests. Handpicked by chefs, 1000 guests will be invited and alerted by text messages just an hour before the event. The location, line-up, food, and everything is kept a secret till the very last hour. There is no PR campaign, no promotional materials, only a hashtag for more information - #topsecretfoodie.

Dates – 8th December 2017. Timings – 7 PM to 12 AM. Address – To be notified 1-hour before the event by text. Entry Fee – exclusive invites


The food-tech giant, Zomato is also introducing plenty of events across Abu Dhabi during the food festival. Zomato will organise a host of promotions, special deals and events like Zomato Restaurant Skillet, Zomato Foodie Skillet, Zomato Abu Dhabi Restaurant Week, Zomato Dine In Treats Special, Zomato Special Package Delivery, etc.

Dates – 7th December to 23rd December, 2017. Check Zomato site and official FB and Twitter page for more details.

The list does not end here! There are a few more exciting events happening as well as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival. Check out the list:

Truckers Exit - 1st December to 23rd December, 2017. Timings – 1 PM to 11 PM. Address - Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi. Entry free

Enrico & Friends – 7th December 7 PM to 11 PM. Timings – 7 PM to 11 PM, Address - Roberto’s Restaurant, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Entry fees – 495+ AED. It features two Michelin-starred chefs - Enrico Bartolini and Alfio Ghezzi and their signature dishes.

Street Fest at Al Ain Zoo – 8th December to 9th December. Timings – 4 PM to 12 PM, Address – Al Ain Zoo, Abu Dhabi, Entry Fees – 20 AED.

Market to Kitchen – 9th, 16th and 23rd December. Timings – 10 AM, Address - Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Entry Fees – Free but needs prior reservation. Check the official site for details about the experience.

40 Mule by FESTEMBER – 13th to 17th December. Address - Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, Entry Fees – 50 AED. It’s an event under the patronage of His Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism (DCT) is a co-partner.

Big Piknik – 22nd and 23rd December, Timings – 12 PM to 10 PM, Address - Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, Entry Fees – Free.

2kg Burger Challenge – 12th December and 19th December, Timings – 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Address - Hickory’s, Yas Links, Abu Dhabi. Finish the 2 kg burger in 30 minutes and it’s on the house!

Longest Pizza in the UAE – 19th December, Timings – 12 PM to 3 PM, Address - Itzza Pizza, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi. Free entry for pizza eating competition!

SIAL Middle East 2017 – 12th to 14th December, Timings – 10 AM to 6 PM, Address – Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Entry Fees – Check website for more details. This event is platform for food, beverage and hospitality sector to showcase their products.