#QIFF2016 – Qatar International Food Festival

The countdown to one of the most awaited festivals of the year has officially begun. Qatar International Food Festival is a significant event to the deserts residents who otherwise  indulge almost 90% of free time round the year in socializing over food. The festival is considered the mecca to local foodies and brings together close to 17,000 people to indulge in their love for all things edible. This years food festival focuses on 2 major areas, the first being healthy eating and second to celebrate the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture.The festival promises to be bigger and better! Here’s a breakdown of what you could expect starting 9:30 am on the 22nd of March 2016.

Qatar International Food Festival 2016 www.qifoodfestival.com will be held for a week long from 22nd to 28th of March. It is a gastronomic event that will showcase the best cuisine & culinary skills of many of Doha’s top chefs and celebrity cookery experts from around the world.

The Pearl-Qatar and Katara Cultural Village joins the MIA as a new extension to the Festival.

12 food trucks to feature from the region and Doha as part of the QIFF satellite experience in The Pearl-Qatar.

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The Cuisine Court will include fine-dining creations by chefs from the country’s hotels, at prices ranging between 5-35 QAR.

In celebration of the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture Chinese and Qatari cuisine will come together at The Culture Court.

 A new area called Market Court will have delicacies and special ingredients on sale.

#QIFF aims to focus on healthy eating with the introduction of a large Health Court offering organic food and access to stations where visitors can receive a medical check and advice on how to take up a healthier lifestyle.

Katara Cultural Village will host a cooking theatre and an entertainment zone planned on the Village’s beach area.

Water taxis will be available to transport visitors between the different location.

Water Court will include festival favourites as always – Barbeque on the Bay by the Diplomatic Club and Dinner on a Dhow by Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels.

The Pearl-Qatar to host festival’s activities on the Lido Venezia Beach in Qanat Quartier. Also enjoy sports activities & an entertainment stage.

New working hours this year, extending its opening times from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm for school visits held in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The festival will open to the public between 1:00 pm and 10:30 pm.

The High Tea in the Bay area, catered by Katara Hospitality will include a double-deck tent with a shaded terrace offering stunning views of the entire festival, as well as, English, Chinese and Arabic tea on offer throughout the Festival.

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The InstaMarket will be filled with kiosks from top Qatar-based entrepreneurs who are active on Instagram, preparing dishes live in front of visitors.

A Taste of Business Class (Dinner in the Sky) by Qatar Airways. 5 course meal with a bride eye view of the city.

Celebrity Chefs including cooking star Martha Stewart.

New entertainment experiences planned this year, designed for the whole family. Singers, as well as regional and international music bands, will take part in the festival’s
entertainment shows, which can be attended free of charge by all visitors.

A daily fireworks display will take place throughout the festival. https://instagram.com/p/0naP7vLB47/

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Qatar – China Court  to feature the following:

  • Dareen Sweet
  • Gharissa Ice Cream
  • Al Sekhiya Café Brouq
  • Doha Marriott
  • Shangri-La

Instagram Court to feature the following:

  • Phenomena.store
  • Mr Bunny Chocolate
  • Yummy Delicious
  • Potatoes & More
  • Straw_Berry
  • Welcome Dine
  • Poffertjes Sweet & Salt
  • Qout Station 3nb_leaves

Market Court to feature the following:

  • Chai Karak
  • Qatar Pafki
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Al Shomos Products
  • Mghat
  • Champ Elysees Patisserie
  • Sukar Qasab Mandoost
  • Liberty
  • Gulf Food Produc.


Kids Court to feature the following:

  • Daily Baraem TV stage performances
  • MIA Park Playground activities


Health Court to feature the following:

  • Schools tour with Healthy Food Evangelist, Ghanim Al Sulaiti  @ghanim92
  • Partnership with Kullunawww.kulluna.qa
  • Partnership & activities with Sahtak Awalan – www.facebook.com/SahtakAwalan
  • Evergreen Organic Café by vegan Qatari influencer, Ghanim Al Sulaiti
  • Healthy food workshops
  • Retail healthy food products
  • Instant assessment health station


Water Court to feature the following:

  • BBQ on the Bay by Diplomatic Club
    Timings: Afternoon Tea: 1-5pm
    Dinner: 5-10pm
    Price: Afternoon Tea: QAR 50 per person
    Dinner: QAR 250 per person
  • Dhow Dinner by Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

    Timings: Afternoon Tea Cruise: Every 30 minutes from 2-5:30pm
    Dinner Cruise: 6:30pm and 8:00pm
    Price: Afternoon Tea Cruise: QAR 25 per person
    Dinner Cruise: QAR 70 per person


Also drinks, snacks and desserts served at 3 special stalls across MIA Park. Each to feature 4 outlets.

  • Capricci Group
  • Minis Doha
  • Platinum Pizzeria
  • Gerry’s Grill
  • Al Mallas Grills
  • Al Qubtan Seafood
  • Baba Chapatea Tuile Cafe
  • Amari Hotel
  • Samco Doha Rocks
  • Café Crepe De Paris


Current list of 4 to 5 star hotel participating hotels below:

1.     Amari Doha

2.     Doha Marriott Hotel

3.     Shangri-La Hotel Doha

4.     The Torch Doha

5.     Grand Hyatt Doha

6.     Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

7.     Fraser suites & Royal Riviera

8.     La Cigale Hotel

9.     Warwick Hotel

10.  Oryx Rotana Doha

11.  Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park

12.  Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha

13.  InterContinental Hotels

14.  Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence, Doha

15.  Wyndham Grand Regency Doha

16.  Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

17.  The St. Regis Doha

18.  Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

19.  The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

20.  Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel

21.  Ezdan Hotel

22.  Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

23.  W Doha Hotel & Residences

24.  City Centre Rotana Doha


Stay connected on @QuestandMark social media channels for live updates.


Bon Appetite ! Let the count down to feasting begin 😛

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3 thoughts on “#QIFF2016 – Qatar International Food Festival

  1. Great line up. How do I book dinner in the sky, it’s my birthday that weekend and I think I’d like to do that! Also, lady year there wasn’t much shade – are there plans for more covered areas this year?


    1. Kathryn as far as I am aware you should be able to book one of the 7 sittings per day on site throughout the seven day festival. I am hoping more shaded areas too 🙂 however the set up hasn’t been confirmed yet.


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