A wide range of local and international cuisine, and hospitality offerings will take centre stage at the 8th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF).
The festival will be held from March 29 to April 8 at the Hotel Park, overlooking the Doha Corniche, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has said.
QTA also extended the festival from one week to 11 days “to offer residents and visitors a flavourful spring break, where culinary delights of every kind can be enjoyed: from gourmet to authentic local dishes and experiences.”
“In addition to bringing Qatar’s five-star food and beverage options together in one location, QIFF provides a great opportunity for residents and visitors to revel in Qatar’s wonderful spring weather, enticing cultural activities and outdoor entertainment,” said Hassan al-Ibrahim, QTA's chief tourism development officer.
Hassan al-Ibrahim, chief tourism development officer, QTA.
He noted that the success of the inaugural edition of Shop Qatar festival gave them a strong start to 2017.
Al-Ibrahim expressed optimism that the growing popularity of tourism festivals will further drive footfall to some of the newly opened spaces in Qatar.
According to QTA, QIFF's schedule falls within school holidays in the region to help attract more visitors from neighbouring GCC countries.
This year, the much-awaited culinary festival introduces a new menu for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Participating restaurants and cafes will be offering a special QIFF Menu from March 23 to April 8, which will feature flavourful dishes at discounted prices.
“With four set prices of QR59, QR99, QR139, QR179, and multiple cuisines represented, the menu will offer something special for all taste buds,” QTA noted.
The festival will also feature a series of Chef’s Table events at select five-star hotel restaurants, providing residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy special live cooking and dining experiences with internationally-acclaimed chefs.
QIFF 2017’s strategic partner is Katara Hospitality, the global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar.
“This partnership is part of our commitment to further shape Qatar’s hospitality industry as well as an opportunity to share our passion for creating unforgettable guest experiences,” said Hamad Abdulla al-Mulla, CEO, Katara Hospitality.
The first edition of QIFF was organised in 2010 at the Doha Exhibition Center. Over the years, QIFF has grown to become one of Qatar’s most popular festivals, receiving a record-breaking 200,000 visitors in its 2016 edition.
In 2016, Qatar saw 305,014 visitors during the QIFF in March, the highest number of visitor arrivals to be recorded in a single month.