A Foodie Fiesta: QIFF 2016 Highlights

Chinese Food Celebration: Chinese food lovers especially enjoyed Qatar International Food Festival this year, with a special zone celebrating the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture. Stands from the Shanghri-La, Doha Marriot
Hotel, Oriental Bowl and Spice Boat offered special festival menus featuring Peking duck burgers, Shanghai pan-fried dumplings, shrimp siu mai, chicken dim sum, ginger egg drop soup, and many other Chinese delicacies at special prices, drawing large numbers of visitors to the Qatar- China Court. The dedicated court offered visitors a wealth of Chinese fusion cuisine to enjoy, served side-by-side with Qatari traditional dishes, marking the initiative which aims to create sustainable platforms for collaboration and cultural exchange between different civilisations.

Qatar Airways Brings Star Chefs to QIFF A brigade of the world’s most celebrated chefs arrived in Doha courtesy of Qatar Airways, to deliver exquisite culinary creations at the Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre, part of QIFF 2016, of which the award-winning airline was an official cohost. Headlining the gastronomic affair was internationally acclaimed celebrities such as global personality Martha Stewart; restaurateur and MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris; Qatar Airways’
ambassador and multiple award-winning Chef Vineet Bhatia, and Chef Massimo Capra, partner of Qatar Duty Free’s Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport.

Martha Stewart opened the cooking theatre and whipped up four nutritious recipes live on the festival’s main stage at MIA Park. The Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre’s line-up also included the ‘Queen of Qatari cuisine’ Chef Aisha, Francisco Ruano, owner of one of the top five restaurants in Mexico and former chef at world-famous Noma Restaurant, alongside a number of fabulous chefs from the Arabic food channel Fatafeat.



Spanish Week at Oryx Rotana

Experience an authentic Spanish food and vino feast designed by a renowned chef who’s flying all the way to Doha, from Spain, especially for this gastronomic event. From May 3 to 14, Chef Agustín Martínez Carvajal will be presenting the newest culinary trend from the Mediterranean sea combined with his passion for Spanish cuisine at Oryx Rotana’s restaurants, Choices and The Cellar.

Experience an authentic Spanish food and vino feast designed by a renowned chef who’s flying all the way to Doha, from Spain, especially for this gastronomic event. From May 3 to 14, Chef Agustín Martínez Carvajal will be presenting the newest culinary trend from the Mediterranean sea combined with his passion for Spanish cuisine at Oryx Rotana’s restaurants, Choices and The Cellar.

In the Basque country. Currently managing his own culinary consultant company, he gives cooking classes to professional chefs and collaborates with Grupo Iruña, the biggest catering company in the Basque country. Chef Agustín is an experienced gourmet kitchen service, VIP international chef with strong creativity and teaching skills. He is always passionate about generating, fresh and innovative ideas to achieve successful foodie goals.


GO: Call 4446 0000 for reservations more information.

Classy Entertainment at JALC

Jazz at Licoln Centre Doha (JALC) is changing the tune with the launch of The Dinner Show, a two-hour performance of music by world-class jazz musicians from 8pm every night except Sunday and Monday. A special offer for couples is available – QR695 for a 3-course set menu including a bottle of house vino. On Tuesdays, it’s the Broadway Concept at JALC, bringing New York to Doha.

This is a bespoke combination of unique entertainment including live performances and great DJs on the decks. A la carte and piano bites available. Free for ladies before 11pm; QR100 after 11pm. QR100 for gentlemen from 9pm onwards. Music doesn’t get any better than this!


GO: Call 4402 3333 for reservations and more information

Weekend Brunch Collection at Marsa Malaz Kempinski

This place has not one, not two, but FOUR weekend brunch options to really get your culinary fix. One of our faves is the Thursday Family Late Brunch in Sawa. Indulge in live cooking stations and if you enjoy the finer things in life, let
the hotel upgrade you to the unlimited Wagyu experience, with at least eight various cuts of only the best Australian Wagyu meat in the city. QR225 per person including soft beverages; QR425 per person, including Wagyu meat and soft beverages. From 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Another great choice is the award-winning Friday Signature Brunch, also in Sawa.

Enjoy live cooking stations around the restaurant and the terraces, showcasing signature delicacies from around the world. A large selection of appetisers, main
courses, grilled meat and seafood, oysters, sushi and more is paired with great beverages, outstanding live entertainment and authentic service. A mini-corner is available for younger guests, too. QR330 per person, including soft beverages; QR425 per person, including bubbly, grain, cocktails, and white and red vino. From 12.30pm to 4pm.There is also a Saturday Seafood Brunch in Sawa, and a Saturday Spanish Brunch in El Faro – take your pick!

FAVE - Sawa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski

GO: Call 4035 5011 or visit www.kempinski.com/ marsamalaz for reservations and more information

Ecuadorian Food Festival 2016

Celebrating the grassroots of Ecuador’s Food culture, The Diplomatic Club hosted the Third Edition of the Ecuadorian Food Festival in Doha. The festival opened with a welcome speech from H.E. Kabalan Abi Saab, Ambassador of the Embassy of The Republic of Ecuador in Doha, who was delighted that Ecuadorian cuisine could be admired and bring global cultures together, to celebrate Ecuador.

For eight days, The Diplomatic Club and the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador joined efforts to bring the festival to life, during which, guests enjoyed a fabulously diverse range of food, irrespective of whether they were Ecuadorian food lovers
or culinary adventurists. This year, the Ecuadorian Food Festival was a time for the whole family to roll up their sleeves and tuck into a whole host of live cooking and buffet stations, and mocktails.


UB40 Brings Reggae to Doha

You’ll know them for their mega hit like Food for Thought and two US
BILLBOARD Hot 100 number ones Red Red Wine and Can’t Help Falling in Love, and now you’re going to get the chance to see them live on stage! That’s right, UB40, one of the world`s most iconic reggae pop bands, will give their Qatar live debut at Doha’s InterContinental Beach (West Bay Lagoon) on Friday, May 13. UB40, founded in Birmingham, UK, in December 1978, are the world`s most successful reggae-pop formation, with more than 50 singles in the charts since then and more than 70 million records sold. The band have been nominated
for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and, in 1984, were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group.

The ethnic makeup of the band’s original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage. During their nearly four-decade long career, UB40 have been performing sell-out shows worldwide along with headlining the most important reggae festivals, such as Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica and Summer Jam in Germany, as well as spreading reggae music to regions like Russia and South America. This is one show that you don’t want to miss.

FAVE - Sawa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski


Picnic Perfect

This Spring, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha revamps its Friday lunch offering at The Lagoon restaurant with the new Picnic concept that replaces the usual weekend brunch in the hotel. The Picnic breaks convention of the typical hotel weekend buffet brunch with its unique set up of family-style food to share, brought straight to
the table, whereby guests are welcomed with a selection of savoury appetisers to start, and main courses of grilled meat, seafood, pasta and other yummy dishes, served alongside pitchers of drinks. Outside on the garden veranda, a barbeque station, popcorn machine and more innovative cooking stations allow guests to add their favourites and fill their cravings during the meal.

Children can enjoy fun activities close to their parents including the Bouncy Castle, while adults are entertained with upbeat retro music. As well as indoor seats, groups who enjoy basking in the sun can opt for garden table seats or the picnic mat, fitting to its concept. The Picnic is available every Friday, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at The Lagoon restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The Picnic is priced at QR249 per person inclusive of soft beverages, QR349 per person inclusive of selected house beverages, and QR99 per child aged five to 12-years-old. Sounds yummy to us.


GO: Call 4484 8512 or email rc.dohrz.restaurant@ ritzcarlton.com for reservations and more information

Sundowner Sessions Returns

Doha’s favourite party, Sundowner Sessions, has a brand new home; Mix Bar, Lounge and Terrace at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa! Music lovers and Friday fans keep your schedule free because Sundowners is ready to burst back onto Doha’s nightlife scene like never before. Mix Bar, Lounge and Terrace is a lively, soulful affair that gives a new heart to Doha’s social scene. The Sundowners team says: “Not only is The Westin a perfect new location for sundowner’s but Mix Bar, Lounge and Terrace will also offer guests fantastic views over downtown Doha at their lively, soulful rooftop lounge. We are looking forward to bringing Sundowners back and this time right in the heart of Salwa Road.”

The team have taken great care to reproduce the successful concept at its exciting new home, ensuring to keep essence and vibe that Doha has come to love. The new Sundowners Sessions location will create the ultimate open air lounge experience, keeping the relaxed choice for a Friday night out with the hottest tunes in town. Watch the mixologists work their magic while you find a corner and fill it with friends – this is where Doha comes to play!

GO: Sundowners takes place on Fridays from 5pm to 1am. Visit www.mixbardoha.com for more information

From London to Doha : Tinie Tempah

He’s released some of the biggest hits over the past decade, so it’s about time that London’s finest came to Qatar! Thanks to Iconic Events, Tinie Tempah will be performing, for the very first time, in Doha, on May 26. Get lost with the lyrical genius as he makes his debut here, driving the crowd crazy with his chart-topping, infectious music. Pass Out, Frisky, Written in the Stars, Miami to Ibiza and so many more catchy songs have been blasted on the radio, performed at world festivals and had partygoers revelling in the clubs, and now it’s Doha’s turn for a music fix!

To date, Tinie Tempah has sold 1.2 million copies of his album DiscOvery, worldwide; had four million single sales, and has won 12 major awards (including two BRITS, three MOBOs, one Ivor Novello and a BET). The British rapper has collaborated with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding.

Swedish House Mafia, Kelly Rowland, J. Cole, and, of course, Labrinth, whose
single Earthquake, Ft. Tinie, also went to number one. From national to international waters, Tinie has become one of the UK’s most successful musical exports, and we CANNOT wait to see him on the stage at InterContinental Doha Beachside!

Joining Tinie Tempah is Lost Frequencies, Paul Mendez, DJ Legacy and Pyrokiss. If you love house music, then Lost Frequencies should be right up your musical street! At the tail end of 2014, a shining new talent emerged from the Belgian house community and sent sizeable waves through both the genre and the music charts of Europe. Felix De Laet, better known by his moniker Lost Frequencies, released the global smash hit Are You With Me back in August 2014 and quickly cemented himself as a name to watch, with the track rapidly ascending to the number one spot on British, Australian, German, Austrian, Irish and Swiss music charts simultaneously – an incredible achievement for such a young artist. We’re excited to have the talented artist coming to Doha this month.