Al Qasba celebrates taste of tradition

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Al Qasba celebrates taste of tradition

Have difficulty slicing bread at the best of times? Try cutting a one-and-a-half metre loaf.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 30 Mar 2013, 10:05 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:32 AM

This was how the seventh annual Al Qasba Food Festival began, as the waterfront zone turns into a food wonderland from March 28 to April 13.

Al Qasba Food Festival was officially opened during a ceremony that included a stunning one-and-a-half metre bread carving, where the festival’s 13 eminent chefs were introduced, followed by a tour of Al Qasba. Al Qasba manager Sultan Shattaf said the theme of this year’s festival was Emirati Cuisine Creations.

“Food is such an important part of any culture and it is very exciting to be celebrating the Emirates’ rich food heritage and to be able to share this heritage with people from all over the world... we are also expecting the largest number of visitors and participants yet.”

A family cooking competition, in which family duos cook off against each other using recipes provided by the judging panel for an ultimate first prize of Dh5,000, had already begun. The competition will last for four rounds, starting with sixteen separate groups vying for a place in round two.

The younger lot are also getting in on the action and the ‘Little Chef Workshop’ is proving to be a major attraction among both young and old. During the course of the festival, Sharjah’s aspiring little chefs have the chance to show their talents through the Little Chef corner ‘market’.

The Emirate Cooking School is also giving demonstrations so visitors can learn to prepare authentic Emirati dishes, while there were traditional Emirati music and dance performances, food displays, street art performances, and a gourmet food exhibition drawing crowds.

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