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Qatar Celebrates Food at Annual Festival

WHY IT RATES: Renowned chefs from around the world converge on the city to demonstrate their culinary talents. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

Now in its ninth year, the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is an opportunity to experience Qatar’s rich culinary offering, learn culinary tricks from internationally renowned chefs, and dip into flavors from around the world.

Highlights at this year’s QIFF, which runs from March 15–25, include cooking classes with pastry chef Anna Olson, U.S. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and executive chef Damien Leroux of the IDAM Restaurant at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.

Wolfgang Puck, a Michelin-star chef who has been preparing the post-Oscars feast for 24 years and U.S. “MasterChef” star Christine Ha will also feature alongside local, regional and international chefs at the Live Cooking Theater, a daily showcase of different themes and cultures.

The QIFF Menu is another major highlight and available in restaurants across Qatar. More than 60 venues are set to take part–just ask for a QIFF Menu and enjoy a three-course meal for $13 and $27 per person.

QIFF at Hotel Park Doha features more than 175 food stalls with flavors to satisfy every palate, as well as healthy food options.

There’s also a Coffee Zone offering the best beans from Qatar’s specialty outlets, a Farm Zone for kids and free fitness classes at the Healthy Zone. Plus, nine international embassies will be showing off the best of their national cuisine.

Daily entertainment includes cultural shows, film screenings and more–capped by a daily firework show at 8 p.m.

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