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2017

Fatafeat and beIN Day to light up 8th QIFF on 6 April in Doha

Fatafeat returns to Qatar International Food Festival with celebrity chefs and foodie fun

Fatafeat, the first and most loved Arabic food channel in the Middle East, and beIN Media Group, today announced their participation at the eighth edition of the Qatar International Food Festival 2017 (QIFF). Organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), this year’s QIFF will host an exclusive Fatafeat and beIN Day on Thursday 6 April in Doha, featuring a star-studded line-up of Fatafeat’s celebrity chefs.

For one day only, chefs Mohamad Orfali, Karim Haidar, Salma Suleiman and Wafik Belaid, will entertain guests and showcase some of the world’s best Arabic cuisines. Visitors to the Fatafeat and beIN Day can look forward to live cooking demonstrations followed by a special Q&A and meet-n-greet session, offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience with their favourite Fatafeat faces.

QIFF has grown in recent years to become one of the region’s most anticipated culinary events receiving a record-breaking 200,000 visitors in its previous edition. Kicking off on 29 March and running for 11 days at Hotel Park as the main festival venue, the Festival has grown even bigger this year with a 20% increase in the number of participants compared to 2016.

With the addition of Fatafeat and beIN Day, this year’s Food Festival will feature a unique format of entertainment, offering residents and visitors live cooking demonstrations by Fatafeat celebrity chefs and a chance to meet them at the venue.

Commenting on the participation at the QIFF 2017, Nancy Hanna, Head of Brand, Discovery Networks MENA region, said, “We are excited to be partnering once again with QTA for Qatar International Food Festival 2017. This year, we are bringing a fantastic mix of attractions to the Fatafeat and beIN Day, with an exciting line-up of our celebrity chefs. Being the region’s most loved food channel, we at Fatafeat are always looking for opportunities that give our loyal viewers the chance to meet and be inspired by their favourite team of talented Fatafeat chefs, and we look forward to bringing an expanded Fatafeat experience to fans across Doha.”

Mashal Shahbik, Director of Festivals and Tourism Events at QTA said, “The QIFF Cooking Theatre is a long-standing feature of the Festival that brings a slew of international food celebrities to share tips and tricks with their fans in Qatar. We are particularly excited to be partnering with Fatafeat once again this year to host some of the Arab World’s most popular chefs.” She added, “The outdoor kitchen offers a welcoming space for fans to enjoy the pleasant weather while watching their favourite TV celebrities live.”

Chef Mohamad Orfali will open the Fatafeat and beIN Day with a live cooking demonstration at the QIFF. The event will start at 4 pm on Thursday, 6 April at the scenic Hotel Park, overlooking the Doha Corniche. The eighth Qatar International Food festival (QIFF) is expected to attract 240,000 visitors, which will be its biggest yet, due to its perfect timing, longer duration and a more accessible venue.