Qatar International Food Festival – QIFF 2018

Get ready for the 9th Qatar International Food Fest, happening in March 15 until March 25. For 10 days, grab the chance to taste glorious food from Qatar and from 9 participating embassies. Most of the activities will be held in Hotel Park Doha, while partner cafes, restaurants and hotels will also offer the QIFF menu.

“A different side of food,” is what the organizers promise to serve in the upcoming food fest. Food prices will range from 40 QAR or less at the Hotel Park, while restaurants will peg their prices at around QAR 49 and QAR 99 for other hotels. There will also be activities for the whole family, most especially the children.


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Enjoy Local and International Dishes at QIFF 2018

Enjoy the sumptuous food that Qatar International Food Festival has to offer.  The festival will run from March 15 to 25. During weekdays, the festivities in Hotel Park Doha will start at 4pm until 11 pm. On weekends, these will be from 4 pm to 1 am.

Guests to QIFF 2018 can join cooking classes to be taught by internationally-acclaimed chefs. Class fees range from QAR 500 to 1,000. For interested participants, schedules are:

  • Friday, March 16  2-5 PM

Chef: Damien Leroux

  • Saturday, March 17 lunchtime

Chefs: Masharu Morimoto and Anna Olson

Expect food trucks and displays from Qatar Foundation’s farmers market. Aside from the food offering, there are other activities such as: live performances and cultural shows, fireworks display, and fitness classes. For the children, the organizers have prepared the Kids’ Zone cinema.

Food prices in Hotel Park will range from QAR 5 to QAR 40. In other restaurants, cafes and hotels, food price will range from QAR 49 to QAR 99. Those residing outside Doha can also experience QIFF by eating at these partner establishments and ask for the QIFF menu.


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This year’s international food fest will also feature the Live Cooking Theatre, where there will be food photography sessions and contests from 4-6 PM. And from 6 PM onwards, international celebrity chefs will share cooking tips. The guest chefs are:

  • Aisha Altamimi (Qatar)
  • Ajay Chopra (India)
  • Anna Olson (USA)
  • Asmaa Albahar (Kuwait)
  • Christine Ha (USA)
  • Damien Leroux (Qatar)
  • Fawaz AlOmaim (Kuwait)
  • Murat Bozok (Turkey)
  • Nino Logarta (Philippines)
  • Ramzi Choueiri (Lebanon)
  • Sulaiman Al Qassar (Kuwait)
  • Masharu Morimoto (USA)
  • Wolfgang Puck (USA)

The nine embassies that will join and showcase their countries’ food are: Mexico, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Philippines, South Africa, USA, Vietnam and Turkey. Foodies will surely enjoy this year’s QIFF.