Several restaurants in Doha have been carefully devising their offering, including themed special menus, as Qatar continuously prepares to welcome more than 3mn visitors during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel’s oriental pastry chef Hamdi Chaklabakji has said.
The local food and beverage sector is already flourishing with a a variety of outlets that serve cuisines from across the world to all customer segments. Chaklabakji told Gulf Times that the hosting of the prestigious tournament is expected to significantly boost the retail restaurant industry.
“In my experience, football lovers as sports enthusiasts are easy-going so I believe comfort food and street food from around the globe will prove to be most popular. Portable, convenient food items like churros, fish and chips, and enchiladas will be hits with the fans,” Chaklabakji said.
He was commenting on the sidelines of More Cravings by Marriott Bonvoy’s Doha Food Fest 2021, “a month-long celebration of Qatar’s diverse culinary offering and a delightful experience for food lovers of all ages”, which will run until October 31.
During the festival, guests will enjoy specially curated menus, exclusive dining and tasting experiences, and cooking classes featuring an array of Doha’s leading restaurants, top chefs, and 11 hotels, including The Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel; The Ritz-Carlton, Doha; The St Regis Doha; Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Doha; JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha; W Doha; The Marriott Marquis City Center Doha; Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel; Westin Doha Hotel & Spa; The Marriott Executive Apartments City Center Doha; and The Four Points by Sheraton Doha.
“The festival will be an ideal platform to showcase this innovative mixture of Arabic and multicultural cuisine, and introduce the masterminds behind the country’s top restaurants. It is designed to provide guests the perfect platform to sample a range of different restaurants and cuisines at affordable prices with set menus starting from QR80 per person,” Chaklabakji said.
The culinary event will also host a series of masterclasses, in addition to two Botanical Beverage masterclasses at Jamavar at Sheraton Grand Resort & Convention Hotel on October 21 where guests will be guided by professional mixologist Lalit Rane through five botanical beverages paired with the royal tastes of India.
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