Qatar International Food Festival is all about the food with approximately 178 vendors taking part for QIFF2018!
This year there will be a variety of hotels, restaurants, cafes, eateries and coffee vendors taking part. Entrance to Qatar’s annual food festival is free; while food from vendors has been priced from 5 to 40 QAR.
Food at QIFF 2018
QIFF2018 will be the biggest food festival organised in Qatar, with plenty of food offerings from old favourites and new startups.
Don’t forget to check out our main QIFF feature where you can learn all about the different activities and attractions on offer. We also have a great feature about all the FREE things to do at QIFF2018 for the family!
For all the details about the chef demonstrations visit QIFF2018: Live Cooking Theatre Schedule.
Please note: All efforts have been taken to ensure that the following information is accurate. The list of vendors is not complete – but we will be updating regularly!
We have provided some details about the food booths and their offerings, but we haven’t been able to visit all the food booths to give our personal opinions. Also be aware that food vendors may change their menus and pricing at anytime during the food festival.
We have done our best to ensure that the information included here is accurate and useful to our readers and visitors to #QIFF2018. The official festival timings are as above, however individual food vendors may have their own timings.
There are mobile ATMS at the festival, but we suggest you make sure you take money with you so you avoid having to queue at busy times. Be aware that some vendors only accept cash.
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Happy Eating at QIFF!
There will be 16 Hotel participants including:
- W Doha has a selection of W’s favourites including Thai Beef Burger (QAR25), and the Japanese Cheesecake (QAR15). Prices range from 15-25 for main items.
- Sheraton Grand is offering their famous Umm Ali (QAR20) at the festival. Say hi to Chef Ahmed El Shahat while you are there!
- Four Seasons Hotel has three different menus planned throughout the 11-day festival, first focusing on menu items priced from QAR 20-25 for main dishes. Expect Elements restaurant (15-18th March), then The Pier (19th-21st March), and finally Nobu Doha (22nd-25th March)!
- Sharq Village & Spa has a changing menu of American street food dishes created by Executive Chef Dwayne Krisko. Prices are set at QAR25 for main items.
- InterContinental Doha The City is bringing back the flavours of Asia from their Hwang restaurant with items such as Kung Pan Chicken, and Chicken Siew Mai. Prices range from 15-30 for main items.
- Doha Marriott is showcasing items from their Indian Restaurant Taj Rasoi including Chicken Biryani (QAR30), and Gulab Jamun (QAR15).
- Kempinski have gone street food, with their signature Camel Burger (QAR35), and Bao Buns with braised ribs (QAR35). Prices range from 30-35 for main items.
- DoubleTree by Hilton – offering a selection from across their F&B venues including dishes from their new opening Claw BBQ such as Buffalo Shrimps (QAR30). Prices range from 20-30 for main items.
- Westin Doha has a variety of food offerings from its Sabai Thai restaurant, with Papaya Salad (QAR25), and Green Curry Chicken (QAR30). They have their famous mango sticky rice (QAR30) too!
- Ritz-Carlton Doha has a very small menu for QIFF2018 with Chicken Tacos (QAR30) and Pasta with Wild Mushroom Sauce (QAR30).
- Fraser Suites West Bay has a limited menu at their booth that includes Fried Mac n Cheese Balls (QAR 25) and Thai Rolled Ice Cream (QAR25). Prices range from 20-30 for main items. Water = 2 QAR!
- Retaj Hotels & Hospitality
- The St. Regis Doha is highlighting their London Twist menu with Wagyu Beef Burger (QAR35), and Fish & Chips (QAR30). They’re also offering two kids meal combos priced at QAR25 each. Prices range from 25-35 for main items.
- Holiday Villa Hotel & Residences has a range of Far East specialities including Peking Duck Dumplings (QAR20), and Nasi Lemak with Beef (QAR30). They also have Pandan-flavoured desserts! Prices range from 20-35 for main items.
- Ramada Encore has gone with a shabby chic garden party concept at their booth, with most mains priced at QAR15 including sushi and shrimp tempura. They also have fresh falafel at QAR5. Water = 2 QAR!
- The Golden Tulip
9 embassies will take part to offer visitors unique and cultural food experiences from around the world. Participating embassies include:
- South Africa
Restaurants, Cafes & Food Trucks at QIFF!
As usual there will be a special Health Zone, while the new addition this year is the coffee zone which highlights the new trend of 2018. There will also be 6 food trucks at QIFF2018.
Participating vendors for QIFF 2018 include:
Kababs n Kurries (North Indian Cusine)
Mercato Antico (Italian Cusine)
Sugar & Spice (popular local brand with mains and desserts)
Baan Thai Restaurant has a variety of Thai specialities on their QIFF menu, including Pad Thai (QAR20), and Satay (QAR10). Prices range from 20-25 for main items.
Chilis (American Cusine)
Kakori House has a range of Kebabs and Biryanis on offer at QIFF2018, with Main Menu items priced from QAR 15-22. Water = 2 QAR!
Steak Corner (American Cusine)
Aryaas Express has popular Indian street food including dosas!
Shanghai Gardens (Chinese Cusine)
Guangzhou Barbecue Restaurant (Chinese Cusine)
Nando’s Prices range from 20-30 for main items at this popular South African brand.
Biryani Express (Indian Cusine)
The Yellow Chili (Indian Cusine)
Ocean’s Basket (popular South African brand with seafood and sushi)
Zaffran Cafe is a favourite at QIFF with it’s famous Indian street food dishes including Bhel Puri (QAR12), Vada Paav (QAR6), and Pani Puri (QAR6). They’re also offering their Smoky Biscuit (QAR5) again – a custard cream biscuit dipped in dry ice for a ‘dragon-breath’ treat. Prices range from 6-30 for main items.
Elevation Burger (burgers with grassfed beef)
Arnag (popular local brand with mains and desserts, including an excellent Burger)
Ohannes Restaurant has a selection of Middle Eastern menu items including Shish Taouk Sandwich (QAR10), and Warak Enab (QAR5). Main menu items are priced from QAR 5-15.
Zafran Indian Bistro (Indian Cuisine)
A’la Turkish Cuisine (Turkish Cuisine)
De Lord Cafe/L’incontro is offering a selection of salads, pasta and crepes. They also have lobster thermidor on the menu!
Viva Mexico/Mr Taco is a popular Mexican street food restaurant offering tacos and burritos – not to be missed!
Shake Shack (American Cuisine)
Mumbai Spices (Indian Cuisine)
Steak n Shake (American Cuisine)
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant (Thai Cuisine)
Tawabel is a local eatery located in Financial Square. They have a wide selection of items for QIFF including salads, mains, and desserts. Prices range from 25-40 for main items.
Oishi Sushi Japanese Restaurant (Japanese Cuisine)
Thai Noodle Restaurant (Thai Cuisine)
Maharaja Darbar Restaurant (Indian Cuisine)
Tandoor is offering a Tandoor Bowlz concept including Khemma Masala rice bowl (QAR18). Main menu item prices range from QAR 15-20.
Eve House of Catering & Events (Filipino Cuisine)
Gerry’s Grill (Filipino Cuisine)
Mimz Cafe (local brand with desserts)
WE Cafe (local brand whose chefs will also cook at QIFF live cooking theatre).
Johnny Rockets (American Cuisine)
Jollibee (Filipino Cuisine)
EATERIES & DESSERT SPOTS
Koshary Wow (Egyptian Cuisine)
Dareen Sweets (Snacks & Desserts)
Mankousha Wa Falafel has a variety of Middle Eastern street food snacks including Manakoushat Zaatar (QAR6), Lamb Sandwich (QAR12), and Roasted Chicken with Rice (QAR15). Main Menu items are priced from QAR 10-15. Water = 2 QAR!
Hot Bake Catering (Snacks & Desserts)
Gharissa Icecream (Ice-cream and Ice Lollies)
Puffy Taffy Qatar (Snacks & Desserts including Instagram-friendly animal Candy Floss)
Manoushe Street (Middle Eastern Cuisine)
Crazy Leaves (Local Instagram Business)
Fries qa (Local Instagram Business)
Memo’s Factory has a retail store in Dar AlSalam Mall, and offers food that is free from additives. They have sugar-free and low-fat treats
Stick House (Ice Lollies)
Faloda qa (Local Instagram Business)
Fajies has fresh home baked treats with items such as doughnuts, truffles, and cake balls. Main Menu items are priced from QAR 20-35.
Nama Centre (Social Enterprise project)
Minis Doha (Snacks and Desserts)
Tasmeem Cafe (Snacks and Desserts)
Tamr Cafe (Snacks and Beverages)
Poffy’s Mini Pancakes has mini pancakes specials they have developed just for QIFF2018 including Kinder stuffed pancakes. (QAR30) Prices range from 25-35.
Bombay Chowpatty (Indian Snacks)
Mr Blend (Snacks and Beverages)
Churromia Cafe (Snacks and Beverages)
Pancake Factory (Local Instagram Business)
Delicieo (Local Instagram Business)
Al Mallas Grill (Local Instagram Business)
Burger Queen (Local Instagram Business)
Novo Venezia (Desserts)
MioGusto (Local Instagram Business)
3nb Leaves (Local Instagram Business)
Tamys Cookies (Local Instagram Business)
Turkish Icecream (Ice-cream)
Popcorn Girl (Snacks)
Chimney Cake Qatar (Desserts)
Franola (Local Instagram Business)
Cafe Crepe de Paris (Desserts)
Nadhi Burger (Local Instagram Business)
Churros Spot (Desserts)
Shwarma Station (Local Instagram Business)
Auntie Annie’s (Desserts)
Casa Del Gelato (Ice-cream)
Anneli Turkish Cuisine has Turkish baked goods including pide and simit. Turkish Coffee available too.
Traffic Burger (Local Instagram Business)
Monkey Cookies (cookies and beverages)
Madeleine Patisserie has a selection of sweet treats including a chocolate fountain, and super hero cake pops.
Papa Patata (Local Instagram Business)
Net-A-Burger (Local Instagram Business)
Pistacolate (Local Instagram Business)
Enjoy Sweet (Local Instagram Business)
Shahid Alsham Restaurant (Snacks)
Shi Delicious (Local Instagram Business)
Lets Popcorn (snacks)
Lahmajun (Middle Eastern Cuisine)
Fries Code is the new french fries only food outlet, but they focus on gourmet toppings with topping options that include Wasabi Avocado, Dynamite Pickles, and Raspberry Ranch. Prices range from QAR 15-30.
Soft Loop offers very Instagram-friendly churros (QAR20) and ice-cream (QAR20) treats.
Market Cafe (Local Business)
Hamssah w Aiesh is a local Instagram-based business with homestyle dishes including Chicken & Rice, and Kebab Roll. Prices range from 35-40 for main items.
Truffles qa (Local Instagram Business)
Delish (Local Instagram Business)
Icy Bun (Ice-cream Doughnuts!)
HEALTH ZONE FOOD STALLS
RAW Me is always a QIFF favourite. Offering a wide range of healthy options including mains, sandwiches, and cold-pressed juices. Menu items include Acai Bowl, Kale Chips, Sugar Cane Juice, and raw Ice cream Sandwiches! Prices range from 20-40 for main items. Excellent Booth Design! Water = 2 QAR!
Evergreen Organics celebrates all things Vegan, and has created a special mini Boss Burger (QAR40) especially for QIFF2018. Other menu items include the fresh coconut drink (QAR35), and vegan cheese platter (QAR40).
Greenola (Local Instagram Business)
Healthynoorfood by Noor Al Mazroei is a local home Instagram-based business, with healthy dishes on its menu with gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Lite n Diet Centre (Local Business)
Akly (Local Business)
Ideal Diet (Local Business)
The Circle (Cafe)
Karak Mqanes (Cafe with Karak)
TWG Tea (Cafe with tea)
Fy Cafe (Cafe)
Cup of Joe Coffee Bar (Artisan Coffee)
Amore Cafe (Artisan Coffee)
Engine qa (Artisan Coffee)
December Cafe (Artisan Coffee)
95 Degrees (Artisan Coffee)
Plus Cafe (Artisan Coffee)
Fili Cafe (Cafe with Karak)
Eleven Eleven (Cafe)
Volume Cafe (Cafe)
Omore Geneva (Artisan Coffee)
Cabin qa (Artisan Coffee)
Coffee and You is a new local artisan coffee brand, with drink prices ranging from 20-35.
Cafe 42 (Cafe)
Black Dose Cafe (Cafe)
Chemist Cafe (Cafe)
Red Tiger Coffee (Artisan Coffee)
Baba Chapatea (Cafe with karak and chapati)
Zodiac Cafe (Artisan Coffee)
B Cafe (Artisan Coffee)
X Cafe (Artisan Coffee)
Pinna is a new cafe concept that will open soon in Westbay. At QIFF they have some cute cafe art with their coffee characters Tiny, Cutie and Smartie. If you’re looking for a unique Instagramable coffee this is the place. Drinks prices 20-35.
The Breakfast Club (popular franchise)
Luca Bucca Pizza (Fresh pizza)
Burger and Burmait (Fast Food)
Exit 55 (American Cuisine)
Le Petit Camion Coffee is a vintage Truck with coffee at its heart. Prices from 18-28 QAR.
Torba Farmers Market will also take part this year, with a farm-to-fork dining concept that has a Harvest Menu offering appetisers, salads and mains including local chicken, slowbraised lamb, and pumpkin Kibbeh. Meal combos prided form 15-40QAR. They also have an organic market, and will also showcase local artisan businesses selling organic and gourmet food items.
There will also be a mini zoo, daily fireworks (except opening night), and film screenings too!