Under the patronage of Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce Mr. Eid El Rashidi, the Open Air Annual Foodie Festival was held for three consecutive days (17-19, March 2016) at the Marina Crescent. The much-awaited second annual food festival was packed with non-stop fun for all families. This year’s event featured mouth-watering tastes; Celebrity Chefs’ meetings; music and delightful scenery. The 3-day program attracted lots of dignitaries and world renowned Celebrity Chefs who demonstrated their famous creations on a live-cooking demo stage.
Some of the most famous chefs who graced this year’s event were; Reza Mahammad and Jenny Morris from Food Network; a Master French Pastry Chef Eric Lanlard who is also the author of five cook books and star of TV’s Baking Mad and Glamour Puds; Dean Brettschneider (twice winner of the prestigious Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards); Bangkok’s Ian Kitichai and Tim Hollands from Australia. Other notable figures included; Kuwait’s Chef Adlah Al-Sharhan and Chef Sulaiman Al- Qassar who hosts a cooking show ‘Flavor and Spice’ with Al Qassar.
The amazing experience was complimented by the ‘Grand Tasting’ at the Farmer’s Market near Marina. The family event had a fun package for kids at the ‘Kid’s Zone’ with delicious treats. Sponsored by Frost Gelato and Nesquick, there were free exciting activities and games for kids all day long. These included face painting, balloons, interactive games and cooking activities. Kids under the age of 12 had free access to all the facilities - with an accompanying adult.
The all inclusive General Admission Tickets included lots of hands-on activities and entry into all the Celebrity Chef demonstrations, while the ‘Buy a Meet & Greet Ticket’ gave you the access to all the Exclusive Chef events after the demos and a souvenir cookbook. There was also a chance to cook alongside with your favorite chef at one of our Cooking School demonstrations.
The ambiance was great as bands and musicians mesmerized the audience with different songs. Restaurants and food vendors offered free samples of their products. Participants interacted with the chefs at the Lurpak Hospitality Suite. Other attractions included the Nolte Cooking Demo stage & Bosch Cooking School tent where chefs organized a quiz and give-away prizes like cookbooks, and aprons with the logo of ‘Taste of Q8’.
Nestle Docello organized a competition ‘Docello Purple Box’ competition, where participants took (on the 17th) the purple boxes which contained a product of Docello and used it to prepare their dish and returned it (on the 18th) to enter into the competition. The competition was lead by Chef Eric Lanlard, Master of Pattisiere - and the winner of the competition was Chef Osama.
Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) gave away five ABK Emirates Visa Gold Prepaid Travel cards worth KD 100 each, during a raffle draw that was held at the event. People entered the draw by scanning the QR code on their tickets.