1. You get to try all of Kuwait’s best restaurants in one day.
Enjoy incredible cuisines from around the world, many which originated here in Kuwait. Restaurants like La Brasa Argentine Grill, which started on a makeshift barricade BBQ far out in the Kuwait desert decades ago, will be serving some of their best dishes. Try Gustavo’s grilled meats and empanadas, they’re the best you’ll ever taste. Or go Asian with Ahmad Al-Abdulmohsen’s concept, China Garden. Every dish is made from scratch, including the sauces! Head over to Pizzeria Amami for a taste of Italian wood fired pizza from Pizzeria Amami, Arabic delicacies from Café Meem, a delicate morsel of France’s finest from Le Notre, the delectable pasta from Alfredo’s Gallery and much, much more!
2. And the best of Kuwait’s homemade goods.
A quick glance at Instagram will overload you with amazing culinary talent all over the country. Enjoy homegrown products from businesses like “Infusions Kuwait” and “Just Bee” who will feature gourmet specialty infused items such as oils and honey. Try artisan style food products that offer prepackaged dishes or grab a taste of something new and different.
3. Get tips from celebrity chefs from around the world.
Imagine watching the “Spice Prince” himself prepare a delicious curry, or the Giggling Gourmet’s Jenny Morris show you couscous like you’ve never seen it before. See them and Fatafeat Celebrity Chefs Wafaa Khandari, Mohammad Orfalli, and Layla Fathalla. Or keep it local and watch local Kuwaiti Chef and Restaurateur, Ahmed Al-Bader, the culinary mastermind behind all The Sultan Center restaurants.
4. Meet the Chefs in person.
Now imagine getting a personally signed copy of his book Reza’s Indian Spice, which you can buy at the festival. With an early-bird VIP pass, you can have the opportunity to attend a Chef cookbook signing with a celebrity chef in either the Al-Ahli Bank or Symphony Style Hotel VIP Lounges. Chef’s cookbooks will be on sale at bookstands, where you can browse many cookbook options. Or snap a selfie with your favorite chef at the meet and greet opportunities!
5. Be pampered with VIP treatment.
Speaking of VIP, with a pre-purchased ticket you can make your experience at THE Taste of Q8 – Kuwait’s Food Festival truly luxurious. From the moment you park in the designated VIP area, to the special VIP-only entrance away from the main entrance queues, you are the special guest at the event. Enjoy unlimited access to the VIP lounges, where visitors can take a break from the festival and relax in the ABK Hospitality Lounge or the Symphony Style Hospitality Suite. Enjoy special events from there, like special tastings, meet and greets with Celebrity Chefs, prize giveaways and more. Or venture out and use your five vouchers to enjoy dishes from your favorite restaurants or even try something new!
6. Jam to amazing local music.
Non-stop music all day every day for the three days of the event, need we say more? Enjoy amazing mixes by DJ-X and I-Candi. Stick around for live musical acts from local bands. Some of the performers include the Kuwait Jazz Trio, Kuwait’s premier jazz instrumental ensemble, under the leadership of jazz pianist Mike Seals. Enjoy the works of Spyra Gyra, Oliver Nelson, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart. For the lovers of rock check out the Afterthought, a local acoustic/rock group whose core members (Bassam Shuhaibar and Zak Musawi) have been jamming together since 1997.
7. It’ll be fun for the kids!
The Kid’s Zone will have lots to offer little Tots to keep them busy, too. Bouncy castles, face painting, and an ongoing schedule of shows will be available from the Baroue Let’s Play Theatre. Magic shows, puppet shows, character special appearances, and clowns with balloons, will make this a magical and fun experience for the little ones.
8. Win a prize for yourself.
There will be a select location in THE Taste of Q8 – Kuwait’s Food Festival where you can enter Raffle drawings for a chance to win amazing prizes from the sponsors. The raffle will continue throughout the 3 days of the festival, and the winners chosen on the last day will be revealed through social media. Daily mini prizes will be announced each day. Prizes will be announced prior to the festival so that you can invite your whole family and increase your chances of winning!
9. Awaken your inner chef with cookware demonstrations.
THE Taste of Q8 – Kuwait’s Food Festival is truly, “All About Food” and anything related to food. Specialty cookware companies will be showcasing their wares. Exhibitors include Eco-Pebble, Swiss Kuwait and AAW Kitchens. Eco-Pebble provides sustainable kitchen and household products from around the globe at competitive prices. Swiss Kuwait offers shopping for specialized cookware and there will be vendors for culinary supplies, serving and table top design, gourmet food products, and much more.
10. Because it’s the biggest, food event in Kuwait!
THE Taste of Q8 – Kuwait’s Food Festival is an event for family and friends as everyone will have an aspect of the festival to enjoy. Whether it’s the Chef’s tent demonstrations for the foodies out there, center stage for all, or the Kid’s Zone to keep the children entertained, everyone has something to look forward to. Don’t forget the live music, Naranj Shisha café and the Mercedes-Benz line up! Fun events are planned throughout the day so that everyone can enjoy the festival, from open till close.
THE Taste of Q8 – Kuwait’s Food Festival is not just a day out for the whole family, but an entirely new experience for the Kuwaiti population, and truly an event that stands by its slogan, “All About Food!” Find out more at TheTasteofQ8.com or follow them on Twitter or Instagram @thetasteofQ8