Much-anticipated food festival to take place between 20-30 March
Exciting new elements to mark its 10th anniversary
Registration open now until 23 February for participants
The tenth edition of Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) will be held from 20 – 30 March 2019 at Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Oxygen Park, officials from Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) and QF announced. The Festival is Qatar’s longest-running food and beverage tradition, combining culinary arts with family entertainment, and this year it celebrates its milestone edition at the heart of Education City, offering a whole new format and exciting festivities for residents and visitors of all ages.
Over the last decade, QIFF has grown as a festival and so has its contribution to the country’s thriving dining scene by attracting international chefs to open local outlets and support local businesses. This year, the Festival has dedicated 15% of its spaces to up-and-coming entrepreneurs and local SMEs to provide them with a suitable platform to introduce their F&B offerings in this market.
All participants interested in booking a stall at QIFF 2019 (including hotels, restaurants, SMEs and others) can register online through this link: http://qiff2019.live/english
The deadline for registration is 23 February.
Mashal Shahbik of QNTC said: “This year marks ten successful years of QIFF and we are very pleased to partner with Qatar Foundation to host this special edition. Through this festival, we showcase the destination’s unique venues and this year, we have chosen Oxygen Park to offer a new look and curated experiences for different age groups and palates in addition to popular features from previous editions.”
She added: “QIFF also inspires entrepreneurs to offer innovative initiatives and has been instrumental to the success of numerous local startups. We look forward to celebrating this success with our partners from the private and public sectors.”
Mohammed Fakhroo, Executive Director of Outreach and Institutional Advancement, QF, said: “We’re delighted to announce this collaboration with Qatar National Tourism Council which will see Qatar Foundation host the Qatar International Food Festival for the first time. By providing the use of our facilities for this event, we are striving to encourage community participation, while showing our support for local projects and initiatives that benefit the nation and ultimately help fulfil the country’s overarching goal of creating a sustainable economy.
"This collaboration will also show how Education City is a vibrant and diverse environment that is open to the wider community. By providing year-round activities, we offer visitors the opportunity to explore Qatar Foundation, including its recreational facilities, community development initiatives, educational offerings, and science and research centers – all of which have been designed to create a positive impact on the community.”
QIFF, first organized in 2010 as part of Qatar’s strategy to grow and diversify its tourism offerings in partnership with the private sector, has gained popularity and gone from strength to strength, receiving over 400,000 visitors last year.
So far, the Festival has been hosted at numerous scenic venues across Qatar including Katara Cultural Village, MIA Park, Hotel Park, and The Pearl-Qatar. This year, residents and visitors from all over the world attending QIFF will get a chance to explore the impressively designed and landscaped Oxygen Park, also referred to as ‘green lungs of Education City’, as well as other amenities within the premises, including Qatar National Library, the Minaretein building (Education City Mosque), Qur'anic Botanic Garden, and Torba Farmers Market.
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About Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF):
Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is a multicultural festival that celebrates the country’s diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings. Held over a course of several days during spring, the Festival invites residents and visitors to enjoy special culinary experiences in scenic outdoor spaces.
QIFF forms a part of QNTC’s strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism offering, particularly in the area of family and urban entertainment. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners in both the public and private sector, it has grown since its first edition in 2010 to become one of the most-anticipated events in Qatar’s growing calendar of annual festivals and events. www.qifoodfestival.qa
About Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC)
Qatar National Tourism Council’s mission is to firmly establish Qatar on the global map as a place where cultural authenticity meets modernity, and where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment.
QNTC’s work is guided by the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. In 2017, the Next Chapter of QNTSS was launched, charting the next five years (2018-2023) of the tourism sector’s growth.
In 2018, QNTC launched a global destination campaign under the tagline 'Qatar, Qurated for you.' Curating requires professional or expert knowledge to select, organise and present unique experiences. As such, the Qurated campaign plays on the word's definition and the destination brand's iconic Q to underscore the country's focus on delivering tailored visitor-centric experiences.
Since launching QNTSS, Qatar has welcomed over 12 million visitors. The economic impact of the tourism sector in Qatar is becoming increasingly visible with 2017 estimates showing a total (direct and indirect) contribution to Qatar’s GDP of 6.6%. www.visitqatar.qa
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, please visit: www.qf.org.qa
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