QIFF 2018

Qatar International food festival 2018 QIFF2018

Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) 2018 is a country-wide celebration of food for 11 days, from 15 to 25 March at Hotel Park Doha. 

Watch out for

Kicking off the week on Sunday is Turkish celebrity chef, Murat Bozok who will prepare a special beef dish at 6 pm and again at 9 pm. On Monday, the QIFF Theatre’s dough and pasta day will see India’s famous TV chef Ranveer Barar will take to the stage 6 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday will see Kuwait’s celebrity chefs Fawaz Al Omaim and Asma Al Bahar sharing their dishes at 8 pm and 9 pm. And, to wrap up the week, Canada’s baking sweetheart, Chef Anna Olson will make her first appearance at the QIFF Theatre on Thursday at 10 pm, and Lebanon’s Chef Ramzi making his on Friday at 11 pm.  The festival opening times are from 4 pm-midnight on weekdays (Saturday – Wednesday) and will extend to 1 am on weekends (Thursday and Friday).

Those looking to enjoy the festive atmosphere while working their way to a fitness can join QIFF’s free group fitness classes at 4 pm, 6 pm and again at 7 pm every day until Saturday 24 March at the Organic Zone.

Day 2 & 3

Japanese Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto also demonstrated his skills with the preparation of a 79.5kg (175 lb) sustainably-sourced tuna fish from Japan. 

Morimoto commented: It was a big surprise and honour to be here alongside my hero Wolfgang Puck to kick off the biggest food festival in the country!” 

The 62-year-old also hosted a Cooking Class at his eponymous restaurant in the Mondrian Hotel in Doha on Saturday, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy an exclusive live cooking and culinary experience.

Day 1– 15 March

The festival opened on Thursday with Hollywood’s favourite chef, Wolfgang Puck and Qatar’s very own Aisha Al Tamimi sharing the QIFF Cooking Theater stage for an exchange of culinary insights that span from East to West. 

Wolfgang Puck also hosted a live cooking demonstration at QIFF’s Cooking Theatre where he prepared Seafood Risotto and Chinois Lamb, both of which are favourites on the menu of his restaurant, CUT at the Mondrian Doha.

Puck commented:

I love coming to Doha because so many people here appreciate great food. What’s amazing is that the country is changing and it now has its own dairy and agricultural produce so I’m excited to use ingredients which are grown or made here.’

Learn more about QIFF2018 in Marhaba Events Calendar