Like in previous years, this edition is organised and delivered by Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) with support from numerous partners representing the aviation, entertainment, hospitality and F&B sectors in Qatar.
Qatar Airways is once again the official airline partner, bringing new culinary masters from around the world to Doha to showcase their cultural flavours and culinary art. Other partners include: beIN, Vodafone, W Doha, Torba Farmer’s Market, Kidzania Doha, Aura Hospitality, Qatar-India Year of Culture, Akly, La Cantine, Talabat, Uber, Chargello Qatar, Wahab, The Cooking Academy, Qatar TV, and Jeem TV.
International Maestros to Join the Live Cooking Theatre To celebrate its milestone anniversary, QIFF is hosting around 30 international and local celebrity chefs from 14 countries to show their culinary magic in its most popular Live Cooking Theatre.
Chef’s Table A select number of five-star restaurants across Doha are offering residents and visitors an opportunity to join internationally-acclaimed chefs for an interactive cooking and tasting experience through the QIFF Chef’s Table. The chefs include Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur Chef Nobu Matsuhissa and acclaimed US Chef Richard Sandoval, among others.
Cooking Masterclasses at Chef’s Garden Aspiring chefs can register to attend Masterclasses with celebrity chefs at the Chef’s Garden restaurant in Education City.
Qurated QIFF Menus Extending the QIFF experience to food lovers beyond the festival venue, more than 35 restaurants and cafes will offer special food groupings of a three-course menu of three different sets at discounted prices – QAR45, QAR95 and QAR125. There will be exclusive private booths serving pre-set Qurated QIFF Menus for those who like to dine in luxury.
School Activities at Qatar National Library In partnership with Qatar Foundation, QIFF will deliver a healthy food and nutrition awareness programme for students of 50 schools across Qatar on 10-14 March, helping students distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods. Local chefs will prepare healthy and tasty snacks in front of students.
Small and Medium Entrepreneurs QIFF has successfully contributed in enriching the country’s dining canvas by attracting international chefs to open local outlets and providing a platform for local entrepreneurs to introduce their innovative offerings. QIFF has dedicated 15% of its spaces to up-coming entrepreneurs and local SME.
Spend a whole day at the festival by walking around to burn the extra calories and to admire the spectacular architecture and landscaping. And if you get tired, take refuge in the peace and quiet of Qatar National Library. There will be shuttle buses running every eight to ten minutes from various parking areas within Education City as well as from the QNCC parking.
To reach the venue, enter Education City from Gates 1, 2, 5 and 7:
Gates 1 and 2 if you’re coming from the Mall of Qatar side and Gharrafa Al Rayaan
Gate 5 if you’re coming from slope Roundabout or Markhiya area
Gate 7 if you’re coming from Foroseya Road or Old Rayaan
So far, QIFF has been hosted at numerous scenic venues across Qatar including Katara Cultural Village, MIA Park, Hotel Park, and The Pearl-Qatar. This year, residents and visitors from all over the world attending QIFF will get a chance to explore the impressively designed and landscaped Oxygen Park, also referred to as the ‘green lungs of Education City’, as well as the other amenities within the premises.
The main festival stage will also host a variety of live performances, cultural shows and roaming entertainment running throughout the day. In line with the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019 theme, the festival will also showcase special food and cultural offerings from India.
Visit qifoodfestival.qa for updates on QIFF 2019.