Following the dazzling opening ceremony and a fun-packed weekend, the 10th edition of Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) continues until this Saturday, 30 March, attracting food lovers and fun seekers residing in and visiting Qatar.

Festival-goers have the chance throughout this week to enjoy food, festivities and tantalising experiences from 3 pm until midnight, Saturday to Wednesday, and from 3 pm to 1 am on Thursday and Friday.

Contestants of Being Cooking Competitions

Live Cooking Theatre with Celebrity Chefs

  • Fatafeat’s Salma Soliman, Kuwaiti chef Jameela Allenqawi and famous Indian chef Saranch Goila (Sunday, 24 March)
  • Zarmig Haldjian, Chef Hasan and Jason Atherton (Monday, 25 March)
  • Noora Al Kuwari, Tasneem Al Nasrallah and Chef Belkhams with Rusly Ahmad (Tuesday, 26 March)
  • Stephane Bucholzer of W Hotel (Wednesday, 27 March)
  • Celebrity chefs from South Africa Jenny Morris and Siba Mtongana (Thursday, 28 March)

Masterclasses this Week 

Culinary aspirants can also join their favourite celebrity chefs from Fatafeat and Food Network for cooking masterclasses at Chef’s Garden restaurant. Registration is free and can be made by contacting the restaurant directly.

  • Siba Mtongana Masterclasses – Wednesday, 27 March, 1 pm / Friday, 29 March, 10 am
  • Jenny Morris Masterclasses – Tuesday, 26 March, 12 pm / Friday, 29 March, 1 pm
  • Salma Soliman Masterclasses – Tuesday, 26 March, 10 am / Wednesday, 27 March, 10 am.

Photography Workshops: Professional food stylist and photographer Mohamad Al Ansari is holding free advanced photography workshops on 28, 29 and 30 March, 5:30 pm, to 8:30 pm at the Oxygen Park. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and the outdoors and work on your photography skills. Register through this link.

Torba Farmers Market

QF Torba Market
Torba Farmers Market

Torba Farmers Market is also partnering with QIFF 2019, opening up their popular weekend market throughout the duration of this year’s event. This is the second year that Torba Market has partnered with QIFF, having successfully showcased a mini market and farm-to-table restaurant during last year’s festival at Sheraton Park.

During the festival, Torba Farmers Market will have its regular stalls, and an expanded area to accomodate more vendors and provide more offers for clients looking for gluten-free and vegan options. A number of activities are also taking place at the market during the festival, including live music, informal workshops, and a space for young entrepreneurs.

The market is operating its own farm-to-table restaurant, highlighting locally grown produce and seasonal tastes. In addition to the farm-to-table concept, the market offers a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, and handmade artisan food products and goods.

If you want something different for your kids, you can also visit the Library of Wonders on the green spine across the Torba Market. This library is interactive and offers an interesting programme in English and Arabic every 15 minutes for kids five years and older. Younger kids need to be accompanied by parents.

Torba Farmers Market operate on the same timings as the food festival.

Want something different for your kids this weekend? Visit The Library of Wonders on the green spine across the Torba Market! English and Arabic programmes every 15 minutes, from 4 pm to 10 pm, for kids five years and older. Younger kids need to be accompanied by parents. #QIFF2019 Qatar Foundation Qatar National Library مكتبة قطر الوطنية

Posted by Marhaba Information Guide on Friday, 22 March 2019


50% Off on Uber Rides to QIFF: Festival-goers can skip the hassle of parking and get to Oxygen Park using Uber. The ride sharing service is offering 50% off on four rides to users using the promocode QIFF2019.

For updates on QIFF online, visit their website at and follow them on Instagram and Twitter. #QIFF2019

Cover Image: Fatafeat’s Salma Soliman