9 - 11 November 2017
du Arena, Yas Island

Food Drink Music

What is Taste of Abu Dhabi?

Taste of Abu Dhabi is the capital’s largest and most loved food, drink and music festival! Our festival is jam-packed with exclusive new restaurants, world-class chefs, cooking classes, an incredible lineup of music and tantalisingly fresh features.

Taste of Abu Dhabi brings together not just restaurants, food and drink suppliers, but a host of innovative and interactive demonstrations. If you love food, drink and music, you’ll love Taste of Abu Dhabi.

Where does Taste of Abu Dhabi 2017 take place?

Taste of Abu Dhabi takes place at du Arena, Yas Island. The venue is easily accessible from Abu Dhabi and Dubai and offers over 1,000 FREE parking spaces within a few minutes walk.

What are the dates and opening times of Taste of Abu Dhabi 2017?

Thursday 9th November: 4pm-11pm
Friday 10th November: 12pm-11pm
Saturday 11th November: 12pm-10pm

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets for 2017 are now on sale with up to 20% off! Click here to buy your tickets.

What does my ticket include?

Thursday standard ticket:

  • Tony Hadley (ex Spandau Ballet) concert
  • Festival entry
  • 2 free drinks
  • Access to all festival features – Chefs’ Theatre, Cooking Challenge, Kid’s Zone etc.

Friday or Saturday standard ticket:

  • Festival entry
  • Access to all festival features – Etihad Chef’s Theatre, Cooking Challenge, Kid’s Zone etc.

VIP tickets (valid on one day of your choice):

  • Festival entry
  • Access to all festival features – Etihad Chef’s Theatre, Cooking Challenge, Kid’s Zone etc.
  • Golden Circle access for Tony Hadley concert on Thursday 9 November (valid for Thursday tickets only)
  • VIP Lounge access
  • 2 beverages from the private VIP Lounge Bar (grape, hops, spirits or soft drinks)
  • 3 food vouchers redeemable at any of the participating restaurants

Premier Lounge ticket (valid on one day of your choice):

  • Festival entry
  • Access to all festival features – Etihad Chef’s Theatre, Cooking Challenge, Kid’s Zone etc
  • Premier Lounge access (the Premier Lounge is alcohol-free)
  • 2 drinks vouchers for non-alcoholic beverages
  • 3 food vouchers redeemable at any of the participating restaurants

Visitors are advised to bring spending money to sample dishes from the participating restaurants. Each dish costs between AED 15 – 30.

How do I get there?

du Arena is located on the Yas Leisure Drive on Yas Island. Over 1,000 free parking spaces are available within a few minutes walk of the venue. Location map.

Does everyone accept cash?

Yes, all restaurants, exhibitors and bars accept cash in AED. Visitors can also pay by card at most stands and restaurants.

What if the event is affected by adverse weather conditions?

Unless advised by the local authority, the event will proceed regardless of any adverse weather conditions. So rain or shine, Taste will thrive no matter what!

As this is an outdoor festival, please wear appropriate footwear as weather conditions may vary throughout.

Should the weather take a turn for the worse, there are many covered marquee areas at the event.

At what times are the chefs performing in the Chef’s Theatre?

View the schedule here.

Do I need to pre-book for a session in the Chef’s Theatre or Cooking Challenge?

The Chef’s Theatre operates on a first come, first served basis. You can sign up for a spot in the Cooking Challenge 30 minutes in advance. All sessions are free of charge.

How much are each of the dishes at the restaurants?

The dishes range between AED 15-30.

Who are the organisers of Taste of Abu Dhabi 2017?

Taste of Abu Dhabi is run by Turret Media, part of One Communications and Marketing Group (One CMG). Turret Media is a multi-award winning company and has conceptualised, developed and launched some of the most successful live events in the world and is a leading publisher within several market sectors in the Middle East.

Can I exhibit at Taste of Abu Dhabi 2017?

For information about exhibiting at the event, please click here.

How do I find the most up to date information on Taste of Abu Dhabi 2017?

Through this website and our social networks. You can also sign up to our newsletter for exclusive content and special offers.

How do I sign up to the newsletter?

Please sign up here.

I have a press enquiry, who do I contact?

Please visit our Press page.

Do children under 12 require a ticket to attend?

No, but proof of identification may be required. Children 12 and above require an entry ticket.

Are there any age limits?

No! All are welcome.

Can I bring my own food and/or drink?

No outside food or drinks are permitted into the site premises. A security check is carried out at the arrival gate.

Can I leave the festival site and come back in?

Yes, just ask security to stamp your hand for re-entry.

Are ATM facilities provided on site?

Yes, ATM’s are located next to the main entrance.

If you have a query which has not yet been answered, please contact a member of the Taste team here.


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