Your complete guide to Taste of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a culinary destination with scores of local and international restaurants but Taste of Abu Dhabi brings them together so you can sample the city.

taste of abu dhabi

Words:  Tamara Clarke 

If you love food then pencil this date in you dairy!

Taste of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s leading food, drink and music festival, returns to du Arena with exciting new culinary experiences, from 7th to 9th November.

Trendsetting restaurants, celebrity chefs and food enthusiasts will take over Yas Island for three days of non-stop food and fun. From demonstrations to masterclasses and competitions, we tell you what’s cooking at Taste of Abu Dhabi 2019.

What’s on 

Many restaurants from across the capital will be serving up bite-size delights. Tuck into Italian cuisine from Roberto’s, enjoy a supreme steak from Butcher & Still, give Lebanese fare from Sambusek a try and delight in Indian cuisine from Namak by Kunal Kapur or explore modern interpretations of classic Chinese dishes at Dai Pai Dong.

Whatever your palate, there’s something on offer for you. 

The event also showcases a new lineup of world-class celebrity chefs who will share their latest cooking tips and techniques at the Crate & Barrel Chef’s Theatre.

Celebrity chefs coming to Taste of Abu Dhabi 2019 include: award-winning French chef Jean Christophe Novelli; Australian chef, author and Master Chef UK judge John Torode; cookbook author and founder of Assia Kitchen, Assia Othman; Master chef India judge, Kunal Kapur; international bestselling author on baby and children’s food and nutrition, Annabel Karmel; and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard who will run baking masterclasses at the ‘Big Baking Tent.’

The big bake off 

taste of abu dhabi baking challenge

The third edition of the Big Baking Tent Bake Off by ICCA, offers you a chance to Yiou win baking and patisserie courses worth AED 25,000 at the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai.

This year’s competition invites you to submit the most creative cake you can imagine under the theme, Bring Back the ‘80s.

To enter, simply submit a detailed description of the cake you would like to create along with a picture or sketch. If your submission is shortlisted, you could end up presenting it to the panel of celebrity chef judges at Taste of Abu Dhabi. 

A family affair

Kids under 12 years old go free and there’s plenty for them to do.

The Kids’ Zone will have free trampolines set up by BOUNCE Middle East to keep your little ones entertained in between their tasting sessions. Along with trampolines, there will also be face painting, food-based games and competitions, a cupcake-decorating station and lots of fun booths to keep them busy. There are workshops on offer too, to help budding chefs learn more about the food they eat in a fun and creative way. 

Savour the sounds

You can literally shake and bake at this year’s edition of Taste of Abu Dhabi with two international musical acts headlining the event. 

In addition to the headline acts of UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astrom from the legendary English reggae and pop band, and Boyzlife duo Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, there will be live music every day from local artists and bands including 4 TheMusic, Yeah Yeah Nah and DJ Sheps to name a few.

With grade A entertainment and so much good food on offer, there’s nothing better to do next weekend than get a taste of Abu Dhabi. 

Spice it up 

Taste of Abu Dhabi isn’t new – it happens every year – but new experiences await, so get your taste buds ready for the sixth edition. 

International Food Sampling Pavilion 

Eat your way around the world at the International Food Sampling Pavilion with a free selection of international delicacies and the best organic and fresh produce in the Middle East, including honey, dates, juices, Arabic sweets, biscuits and coffee.

Emirati Flavours Pavilion 

Experience the flavours of the UAE and learn about local traditions and culture at the Emirati Flavours Pavilion while sampling Arabic coffee and dates. Emirati chefs will also be on hand preparing local staples, as well as new dishes across the Crate & Barrel Chefs’ Theatre and the Al Ain Farms & Kibsons Cooking Challenge.

The Beverage Theatre

Toast it up at Taste of Abu Dhabi for the first time ever with a bespoke beverage-tasting theatre that will offer masterclasses by mixologists and a refreshing range of hops, grapes and mocktails. 

Need to Know

AED 70 for general admission, AED 290 for The Ultimate Taste Experience | du Arena | Thu 4pm-midnight, Fri noon-2am, Sat noon-10pm | Visit:

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