Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced that it will organize the First Doha Food Festival. The three-day food and entertainment festival will be held from 4th to 6th February 2010 in the outdoor tent behind the Doha Exhibitions Center.

“We are pleased to organize this event as part of the celebration of Doha as the Capital of Arab Culture 2010,” said Mr. Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority. “The First Doha Food Festival is organized as a celebration of history, food and culture. Not only will visitors enjoy good food and fun entertainment, they will have the opportunity to taste dishes from other cultures which will promote cultural exchanges and awareness.”

The First Doha Food Festival has been organized under the slogan of “Taste and Fun” where the three-day event will offer safe and fun family entertainment. Hotels and restaurants operating in Qatar will showcase the wide cultural variety of their exclusive dishes. There will be forty-eight restaurants and food vendors participating in the festival, offering an extensive choice of culinary delights located in one place.

Mr. Lahdan Al Mohannadi, Head of Organizing Local Exhibitions said “We are very pleased with the support and participation we received from the hospitality community when we presented the idea of holding a food festival for the local residents and families of Qatar. The positive responses were overwhelming.”

The festival will feature live music including an Arabic group and a jazz band. Visitors will be able to participate in a raffle draw for the chance to win generous prizes. There will be a children’s play area with games, face painting and other activities. The selection of a grand prize winning restaurant with the ‘best food’, determined by public interest, will be announced at the end of the festival.
The sponsors of the event are Al Baddad International and Seqlia Exhibition and Conference Organizers.

The hours of opening are Thursday February 4th from 4pm – 11pm, Friday February 5th from 2pm – 10pm and Saturday, February 6th from 11am – 10pm. Entry is free and coupons are available for QR5 to purchase the dishes. Dishes will be priced between QR5 and QR15.