Streetnights, Dubai’s Award Winning Free art and culture festival, showcasing the best of street art, music, vendors and, of course, food, is returning to Bay Avenue as a key event of the Dubai Food Festival for the third year in a row. Co-founders, DJ Lobito Brigante and Sherif Abaza, Managing Partner of Sphere Events, will host this edition of the street-culture event on Thursday-Friday (March, 2 and 3) from 5pm till 11pm on both days.
In addition to hosting more than twenty food vendors at the venue, this year’s festival will host Gizzi Erskine, Chef award-winning British Food writer, who will open the festival with a special cooking demonstration (6pm).
Gizzi Erskine is one of the most talked about names in food right now. Her hugely popular sell-out live events and pop-up restaurants have established her as a leader in the London scene, and she has collaborated with some of the UK’s most talented chefs including Mark Hix, Angela Hartnett and Tom Kerridge. She has authored many bestselling books including the Gourmand Award-winning Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts, Kitchen Magic,Cook Yourself Thin’, ‘Healthy Appetite’, and her most recent chart-topper, Season’s Eating’s’.
A regular on TV, her credits include the Channel 4 ratings winner Cook Yourself, Ones To Watch’ and Cookery School’’.
Gizzi Erskine will not only feature her prominence and talent as chef, but will also tour food stalls sampling the delicious home grown food.
Sherif Abaza, co-founder of Streetnights, said, “At Streetnights, we are always going for the fun factor, so not only is the celebrity chef going to cook for us, but she will also hit the decks to spin a rare DJ set on Thursday night.”
The festival will also feature its Night Bazaar, a key highlight that attracts some of the most unique local vendors. Moreover, children play areas and creative fun activities are available for family entertainment and leisure.
Abaza continued, “We have a little bit of everything for everyone in the city – whether they are residents or visitors. We are very particular that the food trucks and the vendors at the Night Bazaar are home-grown small businesses. Some (of our vendors and trucks) have supported and returned for each of our events and that is great testimony to the continued popularity of the event. This year with the added attraction of the cooking demo and a Thursday-Friday festival, we are giving a lot of the employees of businesses around the Business Bay area to kick-start their weekend with our Festival.”
Commenting on the Annual Bboy competition, Co-founder DJ Lobito said, “We have seen a great deal of talent at each of our festivals and are looking forward to a very colorful and spectacular competition this year too. The Street Nights Bboy competiton has become a staple of the regional BBoy battle scene and the best from the region come to us every year to compete for the bragging rights, as well as, of course the cash prize.”
Streetnights has drawn crowds of over 12,000 to its previous events and expects to exceed this at this event. To those who have not had the chance to enjoy streetnights, try not to miss it this time. Take a glimpse on Instagram @streetnightsdubai or #StreetNights and come explore the feel, taste and amusement of the festival.
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