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Disco divas and divine delights at TASTE Dubai 2018 – this weekend

Sister Sledge with Kathy Sledge add disco, funk and soul to the Taste Dubai menu this weekend


Taste of Dubai, presented by Turkish Airlines, returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre this weekend on the 8th, 9th and 10th of March celebrating its 11th year as the city’s favourite food, drink and music festival, as part of Dubai Food Festival.

The three-day food extravaganza will give you the chance to taste the city’s favourite restaurants, be inspired by a new line up of world-class celebrity chefs, and listen to international music acts.

Taste of Dubai kicks off on Thursday 8th March from 4pm onwards, with opening acts from local bands before eighties disco and soul legends, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge take to the stage for an electrifying night of disco, funk and soul, for one-night-only, with their classics including ‘Lost in Music’, ‘We are Family’, ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’ and ‘Thinking of You’.

New editions to Taste of Dubai this year include a dedicated Italian Pavilion hosted by Michelin Star chefs jetting in especially for the weekend. The Chef’s Tasting Table will see VIP ticket holders get the chance to be selected as one of the top tasters, joining the chefs in trying some of their masterpieces at the Crate and Barrel Chef’s Theatre.

Charles Soussin will be at the new ‘Butter Kitchen’.

You can learn about all things dairy in the pop-up ‘Butter Kitchen’ with gastronomic butter workshops hosted by French chef, Charles Soussin, and dairy specialist, Francois Tovin (described as the best cheesemonger in France) and this year, Reel Cinemas will be screening family movies throughout the weekend.

The 2018 international line-up of celebrity chefs includes for the first time Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli and BBC’s ‘What to Eat Now’ Valentine Warner; 2013 ‘Chopped’ Champion Jun Tanaka; best-selling author on baby food & nutrition, Annabel Karmel; India’s legendary Sanjeev Kapoor; and Taste Dubai favourites, Spice Prince Reza Mahammad and the much-loved South African chef Jenny Morris.

Chef Jenny Morris at Taste

They will be joined by Michelin Starred Italian chefs Silvia Baracchi, Maria Grazia Soncini and Marco Battega as they cook ‘live’ in the Italian Taste Pavilion Chef’s Theatre.

If you think you have what it takes to impress the celebrity you can put your creative cooking skills to the test in the Al Ain Farms and Kibson’s Cooking Challenge, as you cook alongside the Taste of Dubai celebrity chefs and challengers to win prizes. There will be other chances to win at Taste of Dubai including flights to Istanbul with Turkish Airways and flights and accommodation to Rome, courtesy of Airmiles and I Factor events up for grabs.

When it’s time to eat, experience the city’s most loved restaurants and cafes, where you can taste gourmet dishes. This years’ line up of restaurants includes: Le Petit Belge, Bread Street Kitchen, Nobu, Shanghai Chic, Soul, Couqley, Jodhpur Royal Dining, Kiza, Salero, Burger & Lobster, Weslodge, Royal Orchid, Aubaine, Sonamu, Tresind, Waka, The Eloquent Elephant, Guy Fieri, Sri Lanka, Key West, Pizza Rustica Pizzeria, Cucina Mia Pizzeria, Rondo Locatelli and Rossovivo.

Sit back and enjoy your food with live music on the main stage throughout the weekend from local bands including Salha, 4TheMusic and the Mark Zitti e i Fratelli Cotelli,  or enjoy a variety of family movies screening by Reel Cinemas, including:  Fantastic Beasts  (8th March 8pm-10pm); Guardians of the Galaxy (9th March 3pm-5pm); Spiderman Homecoming (9th March 8pm-10pm); Kung Fu Panda 3 (10th March 2pm-4pm); and Captain America 3 (10th March 7pm-9pm).

For those looking for the ultimate Taste experience make sure you get your hands on VIP tickets in advance which provide you with fast-track entry into the festival, and unlimited access to the VIP lounge and bar.

Located in prime position near the stage, you’ll be able to relax in style on lounge-style seating, while you each enjoy two complimentary drinks and three food vouchers to sample your favourite dishes from any participating restaurants, all part of the VIP ticket experience.


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