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A delicious concoction of events and happenings are gripping Al Qasba visitors at the ongoing the Al Qasba Food Festival 2009. With an interesting mix of food, fun, and education, this year’s Food Festival themed “Feed Your Mind”, aimed at nourishing mind, body, and soul brings in a variety of activities to for visitors of all age groups to explore the wonderful world of food through a series of workshops, mouthwatering Food Wagons, cookery competitions and much more. Spectacular firework displays will start on Thursday and Friday 26 and 27 March 2009 at 10:30 p.m.

With a unique twist, Al Qasba Food Festival 2009 brings a colourful combination of tastes around the globe with Food Wagons. The sight and smell of a mix of popular food sold from quaint wagons and the aromatic, wafting of a mix of countries is enough to set mouths watering. With a mix of the exotics like the delicious chocolate fountain and the Amasi Brazilian Nuts to the more mundane popcorn and cotton candy wagons, the Food Wagons are not just a pretty sight but offer some delectable delights to its visitors. There are also wagons selling traditional Emirati foods and sweets, Egyptian food, and organic foods.

Popular chef Chady Zaytuna, continues to spice up the event with his live cookery demonstration shows daily at 8.30pm. The 45 minute long shows are peppered with information and his wonderful sense of humor and include themes such as Healthy Cooking, Kitchen Tools, Reception and Dining Etiquettes, Different Cuisines and Professional Dining Secrets. Lebanese born Chef Zaytuna, with 15 years of experience from around the world also hosts live interactive sessions with the audience where visitors can get involved with the cooking process and a question and answer session. The “Cooking Secrets and Tips” show is on at 10.30pm daily, while fruit carving and ice carving shows are also held during the course of the festival.

Daily (free) health and nutrition seminars are also a big part of the “Feed Your Mind” Food Fest theme this year with Dr. Maneesha Phadke, specialist nutrition and lifestyle specialist from BelHoul Specialist Hospital talking on health and nutrition issues. The nutrition seminars will continue until March 28.
Besides the competitions and workshops, Al Qasba Food Festival 2009 is alive with a fantastic array of shows, funnies, lights, feet tapping music, clown and acrobatic performances to take your breath away. With a host of roaming entertainment groups dishing out performances for all age groups, the Food Festival is not just about food, but pure, unadulterated fun.

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