There is no love sincerer, than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw
I am a foodie. There is no exaggeration about that. My mum visited me last week to help out with my big move to the new apartment and conveniently during the weekend, Abu Dhabi put on the “Love Food Festival” at Mushrif Central Park.
“The Celebration of Extraordinary Food” – brought together a fantastic mix of street food, gourmet dining, artisan food products and celebrity chefs. The biggest hit was in the form of food trucks – an international trend which recently hit the UAE like a tsunami! While some food trucks hail from the UAE, a larger part made their way from the UK.
I was impressed to see how many different types of cuisine were featured, from organic coffee, to vegetarian sushi, to fish dogs, and the cutest thing ever – a creme brulee truck! The creativity behind the food trucks was extremely quirky, cool and colourful! My mum and I decided the best thing to do, was to walk around and explore the trucks before we decided what to try…and that was a very difficult decision because everything looked so delectable to me! Judging both the innovative food trend and creative design, my favourites included:
- Dixie Union Southern Soul Food – all the way from the US!
- Moti Roti – best design!
- Happy Maki – vegetarian sushi wraps – highly popular!
- Bangwok – Thai street food in an authentic tuk tuk – all the way from UK!
- Oli Baba’s – cutest halloumi fries <3
We picked up a buttermilk fried chicken burger with buffalo sauce from “The Other Side” (making their first debut from the UK), and halloumi fries with za’atar yoghurt and pomegranate seeds from “Oli Baba’s“. For desert, it was very simple: mini pancakes, smothered with Nutella and peanut butter from “Holland House“. I can still taste the oozing chocolate-ness.
It was a very busy Saturday morning (also the last day of the festival), so the waiting lines and ques, mixed with the Arabian heat – were not ideal, however we were able to chill out in the Bedouin tent, where I got a henna tattoo done. Visitors were also able to sip Emirati coffee, snack on local dates and take photos with an Arabian falcon.
The festival also put on a live band and children’s play area with the happiest bouncy castle ever – I was very sad to have been denied access myself! An interactive stage featured celebrity chefs such as Eric Lanlard, Andy Bates, and Susan Hosseini to name a few, who demonstrated cooking techniques and interacted with visitors.
One of the things I love so much about Abu Dhabi is the active food scene. Whether your taste is fast food, soul food or gourmet food, one thing is certain – you will never be hungry 🙂
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