Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), taking place from 29 March – 8 April at Hotel Park, Doha, is gearing up for its final weekend of festivities.
In addition to the festival’s daily fireworks at 8pm, the last weekend of the event will feature entertainment for all ages with open-air film screenings, food carving shows, health workshops and celebrity chef appearances at the Cooking Theatre.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), the organiser of the festival, has extended the opening hours on the weekend by two hours. The festival will be open from 2pm – 1am on Friday 7 April and Saturday 8 April.
Mashal Shahbik, director of festivals and tourism events at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), commented: “We are delighted to see thousands of visitors flock to the Hotel Park each day to enjoy a taster of Qatar’s diverse food and beverage offering.
“The Festival has been massively popular so far, and we are pleased to extend the opening hours so more residents and visitors can celebrate the delicious food, lovely outdoor weather and exciting activities offered daily at QIFF.”
Festival visitors are invited to watch ice and fruit carving shows on the main stage at 5pm on Thursday 6 April and Friday 7 April.
In addition, eggshell painting workshops by Ezdan Mall will take place from 5:30pm – 6pm on Friday 7 April and from 7:30pm – 8pm on Saturday 8 April.
Another Saturday event from 2pm-6pm is Qatar Phone Art, a guided photo walk around the festival grounds.
QIFF’s Cooking Theatre will showcase live presentations by chefs such as Kuwait’s Fawaz Al Omaim from 5pm-7pm on Friday and 5pm-8pm on Saturday.
Qatar’s first vegan restauranteur and co-owner of Evergreen Organics, Ghanim Al Sulaiti, will show off his healthy and colourful recipes at 9pm on Friday; and on Saturday, local celebrity chef Aisha Al Tamimi, will demonstrate her home cooked specialties from 6pm – 7pm.
In addition to creative activities and cooking demonstrations, a programme of on-air screenings is scheduled.
On Thursday, Dari Qatar: a film by all of us will be screened on Thursday from 7pm – 7.30pm and Japanese short, Kiki’s Delivery Service will be shown from 7.30pm – 8pm and 8pm – 8.30pm.
A ‘Made in Qatar’ film programme will be screened from 7pm – 8.10pm on Friday 7 April.
Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is a multicultural festival that celebrates the country’s diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings.
QIFF, established in 2010, forms a part of Qatar Tourism Authority’s strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism offering, particularly in the area of family and urban entertainment.