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The much awaited “Biryani Festival” is all set to kick start on the 7th February in Doha. The festival will see the participation of 45 exhibitors at Hotel Park Sheraton.

The four day festival is organised by ‘Four and One’ from 5pm to 9pm daily. It will prove to be a paradise for foodies as there will be a convergence of skilled restaurateurs and chefs from all over the South Asian region.

Visitors can experience over 100 varieties of biryanis including, Mughlai, Lucknow gosht, Kashmiri vegetable, mussels, prawns, hara macchi, egg, harkmas (beef), Malabar chicken, Mattanjery chicken, Kayikka’s beef, Thalassery mutton, the traditional Afghani, Irani flavours and much more.

The festival will prove to be a delight for both, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, given the various options lined up in the menus of exhibitors. It is a one-of-its-kind opportunity to experience the mouth-watering delights and presented in partnership with Talabat, Zomato, Urban Point and QTouch Media & Events

As per the statement given to The Peninsula by Omran Al Sherawi, partner of One and Four, “Hosting this event is part of our strategic plans of partnering with the Qatar Tourism Authority in maximizing the tourism potentials in Qatar.

With a sizeable number of expats from the sub-continent in Qatar, hosting this event will help in further boosting community integration and cultural appreciation. Aside from this, biryani has emerged to be a widely accepted food item by almost everybody, so it is natural that an event of this nature will help participants in familiarizing with the various varieties available.”

Four and One Group CEO, Fernando De Guama, expressed in a statement to The Peninsula, “Coming on the heels of the successful hosting of the Chocolate, Tea and Coffee Festival, the Biryani Festival is another way we are showcasing the rich cultural diversity of the residents of Qatar. The biryani dish reflects sophistication of the society and culture, which goes hand in hand with Qatar. This festival permits restaurateurs to be involved and help celebrate the wider range of their exotic dishes and flavours that originate from their homeland.”

“The number of Biryani varieties is mind-blowing. Nowadays, one can indulge in the savoured experience anywhere in Asia, including Burma, Iran, Iraq, India Indonesia, Malaysia, Middle East and Sri Lanka. In India alone, each city has its own brand of biryani. “The Biryani festival will be one of our success stories of the year as it involves a mass community participation and government partnerships. With over 45 exhibitors, our aim is to help boost the economy through business and tourism, but in a fun fare way”.

Asian expats are to experience the richness of a heritage delight that is associated with the royal Mughal cuisines. The use of exotic spices in various cooking forms was introduced by Mughals in India as an art that soon became a craze and still continues to be one, making biryani one of the most favoured food delicacies in the region.

Biryani, despite its origin, was able to create fans throughout the world with its strong taste, intense aromas and delicious varieties.

The side-lines of the festival will also give visitors an opportunity to interact with celebrity chefs. Also, the entry-free event will have game shows and kids activity, giving it a holistic family touch.

So be there with your friends and family this weekend to taste the authentic rich flavours of biryanis.

 

Festive Eve Dinner at Olive Oil

Date and Venue: 24th December from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm at Olive Oil, City Centre Rotana, Doha

Entry Fee: QR 195 per person, with unlimited beverage package starting at QR 120 only.

Jazz up your festive evening with delicious buffet and great tunes from Doha Jazz band at the Olive Oil. Make your evening special and immensely enjoyable being a part of festive Christmas Eve celebrations with your friends and family.

Festive Story Time Session, Virgin Megastore

Date and Venue: 23rd December, 3:00 pm onwards at Virgin Megastore at the Villagio Mall

Entry Fee: Free

Looking for a distinctive experience? Virgin Megastore has organised one for you. Join them for a fun filled “Story Time Session” complemented with activities to win prizes and sweet delights from Columbus Café for friends and family. Story, fun performances and delicious delights will surely stimulate your imagination. Grab the opportunity and enjoy!

Gingerbread Men Workshop: Festive Season with your kids

Date and Venue: 22rd December, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Doha Marriott Hotel

Entry Fee: QR75 to decorate a gingerbread man.

Celebrations with Children make festivals all the more festive. Join your kids to make the most of it this festive season by participating in Artistic & Festive Gingerbread Men Workshop in Salsa Restaurant, Doha Marriott Hotel. Be with your kids and cherish the two hours of creativity, energy, festivity and brightness this Christmas Season.

Secret Santa Village in the Sealine

Date and Venue: 22rd December, 02:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Sealine (Inland Sea)

Entry Fee: Baby Seat – 100QR Child – 185QR Adult – 275QR

365 Adventures lures you again with its fun-filled adventurous Christmas theme at Sealine. Celebrate Christmas in the beautiful scenery of Sealine with exciting activities, such as one hour Dune Bashing, Camel riding , Camping at the Inland Sea, Sunset experience at the Inland Sea, Secret Santa gifts distribution, BBQ Dinner with Mediterranean appetizers, beverages, snacks, music and a lot more.  Grab your seats now!

Powder and Damask Exhibition at Museum of Islamic Art

Date and Venue: Ongoing till 12th May 2018 from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm at Museum of Islamic Art

Entry Fee: Free

If you are looking for an off-beat experience this festive season, you may want to visit the Museum of Islamic Art to witness some of the most striking exhibitions. Power and damask is one such exhibition that displays collection of objects of Fadel Al Mansoori, such as edged weapons and firearms ranging from 17th to the 19th century, primarily produced in Turkey, Iran and India. It is an effort to highlight the importance of craftsmanship which reached unprecedented levels in these regions under the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires.

Torba Farmers Market

Date and Venue: Ongoing. Every day from 08:30–10:30 am and 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm. Except Thursdays. Market is operational on Thursday from 9:00 am to 04:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free

If you are an agricultural enthusiast and love to eat healthy, organically-produced food, Torba Farmers Market is the place to be at. The market is a special platform for farmers to sell quality locally-produced fruits, vegetable and other food items and earn dignified livelihood by cutting the middle men role. Not just for purchasing grocery, this is also a great place to learn about various crops by interacting with the farmers directly. So collect rich, organic food items at reasonable prices this weekend and stay healthy!

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The 9th Annual Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival will commence tonight at 7pm at the Sheraton Doha.

The event, which runs from April 18th to April 21, will showcase 205 films from 33 different countries, including work from Mozambique and Cyprus for the first time. The selected films are all competing for cash prizes of up to QR50,000.

Screenings are free, and open to all. A full film schedule is here.

The opening ceremony will be held at 7pm tonight (and can be watched via a livestream here), after which the festival’s opening film, Appointment, by Chinese Director Zhe Zhang, will be shown. 

Appointment is a love story about a deaf, talented boy and a beautiful girl he grew up with, who are separated and then meet again several years later. 

Qatari film Flight 13 by Director Ahmad Bukamal will also be screened tonight. It tells the story of a team from the Al Jazeera Sports Channel who narrowly escaped with their lives while flying in a private jet during the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. 

The theme for this year’s festival is “Windows:”

“Each picture we see in the participating documentaries metaphorically resembles an “open window” to a world that is rich in art and culture” says Abbas Arnaout, Director of the festival. 

More information of the festival can be found on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Credit: Image courtesy of the AJ Film Festival on Facebook