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.
And at Katara Cultural Village, several food stalls are set up on the promenade:
جانب من فعاليات مهرجان قطر العالمي للأغذية 2016 المقام على الواجهة البحرية لـ #كتارا #QIFF2016 pic.twitter.com/C1RoVrArpN
— كتارا | Katara (@kataraqatar) March 22, 2016
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.