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All photos by Brian Candy

Crowds of hungry visitors flocked to the Museum of Islamic Art Park yesterday for the opening of the 2016 Qatar International Food Festival.

In addition to food, the main venue for this year’s events is hosting cooking demonstrations, free tastings and entertainment around the vast grounds.

Photographer Brian Candy recommends that festival-goers take a walk around before eating, as there are a lot of good-looking and affordable dishes to tempt you.

“Remember you only have so much capacity, and if you get stuck in too early, you may end up missing some of your favorite food further into the event,” he said.

Food ranges in price from QR5-35 per dish.

Meanwhile, at the Pearl-Qatar, a dozen food trucks are now selling their wares on Qanat Quartier’s beachfront.

They include Shawarma, Bustaurant, Rotisserie, Art Cafe, Burgeri, Pick n Shake, Potato Truck, Buffalo Truck, and Cafestation.

Pearl Qatar food trucks


Pearl Qatar food trucks

And at Katara Cultural Village, several food stalls are set up on the promenade:

The festival runs through Tuesday, March 28 and the different venues are accessible via shuttle bus, limo services and even water taxis.

The MIA park venue is open from 9:30am to 1pm for school field trips, and will be open to the public from 1pm to 10:30pm. Katara and the Pearl will be open from 4pm to 10pm on weekdays and 1pm to 10pm on weekends.

For more information on where to park, what to eat and things to check out, see our guide here.


Qatar Airways food festival contest

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways food festival contest

Ahead of the upcoming Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), co-host Qatar Airways has launched an international competition to win a flight and hotel stay in Doha.

Under the “Plate your nation” campaign, participants are urged to create a representation of a national flag using edible materials, and then send it to Qatar Airways via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #QIFF2016 and #GoingPlacesTogether.

The contest appears to be inspired by a similar campaign that an ad agency put together ahead of the Sydney International Food Festival in 2011. Here are some of WHYBINTBWA’s examples:

The deadline to enter is March 7, and the winner will be announced on March 10. The person who is chosen will win a return trip to Doha for two people during the food festival and a three-night stay at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski on the Pearl-Qatar.

A spokesperson  told Doha News that people in Qatar are not eligible to enter the contest, backtracking on a previous statement to the contrary.

The food festival runs from March 22-28 this year, and will be held at the Museum of Islamic Art park as well as Katara and the Pearl.


Note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Qatar residents cannot enter the contest.

2015 QIFF

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2015 QIFF

The annual Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) will return this spring with a longer running time, events across several venues and a focus on Chinese cuisine, organizers have announced.

The seventh edition of the festival will kick off at the Museum of Islamic Art Park on March 22 and highlight the Qatar-China Year of Culture 2016.

Formerly a five-day-long affair, QIFF will now last one week until March 28, with satellite events being held at Katara Cultural Village, the Pearl-Qatar and other locations.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Omar Chatriwala

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The festival is being organized once again by the Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways, and will feature the airline’s Dinner in the Sky and Cooking Theater concepts, as well as renowned celebrity chefs.

More details will be released in the coming weeks, organizers said.

Who’s going? Thoughts?