Lafayette Gourmet Food Fest 2015 #GLfoodfest

I was invited to the annual Lafayette Gourmet Food Fest 2015 that was held last Thursday, and the event was populated with the media, UAE food bloggers, and food enthusiasts.

The 3-day fest is on its fourth year running, and is being held at Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall. It runs from Thursday 17th September to Saturday 19th September, and is loaded with exciting tastings, foodie workshops, and entertainment for the entire family.

The event was hosted by local and internationally renowned chefs, and I had the pleasure of tasting some gourmet dishes from around the globe. This post is a photographic tour of my experience.

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Chef Rami Taha conducts a workshop on the ‘Hidden Secrets of Truffles’ in the Foodie’s Lounge
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An assortment of traditional Arabic teas along with matching serveware.
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A wide range of Italian produce is available at Lafayette Gourmet.
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Italian tasting at Lafayette Gourmet.
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100% organic apple juice from Italy.
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Cheese lovers were spoilt or choice at Lafayette Gourmet.
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This Taleggio cheese from Italy, is quite similar to Camembert, and was definitely my favorite from all the cheese sampling at Lafayette Gourmet!
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Italian aged Parmesan cheese. I’ve tasted this before at Per Te!
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More cheese from Italy #omnomnom
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A variety of cold cuts at Lafayette Gourmet.
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Beautifully fleshy olives from Spain.
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Spanish Seafood Paella.
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Although the Seafood Paella is far more photogenic, this platter of ‘Spanish Crumbs with Churizo and Grapes’ was bursting with robust, meaty Spanish flavors and I wold gladly go back to Lafayette Gourmet for another helping any day!
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A chef preparing a gourmet Chicken Shawarma.
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A serving of chicken and shrimp dimsums, along with a Chinese sweet bun.
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A plate of assorted Indian pakodas (deep-fried fritters). I’ve had plenty of pakodas before, but never a beetroot pakoda. The purple color looks absolutely stunning!
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The spice display at the Indian counter looks colorfully exotic.
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The clean eating stall at Lafayette Gourmet. The ‘Ginseng Elixir’ was light, and delightfully fruity. I found the taste to be quite similar to green apple juice.
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I met the very friendly Hellen Cox (Events & Catering Manager at Lafayette Gourmet) at the Wedding Cakes stand that she designed herself. I love how Shabby Chic this stand looks! Check out her t-shirt #GLfoodfest
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A very Parisian-inspired table setting.

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Chef Eric puts together a gourmet treat. This is his expression when I asked if this dish was called ‘Bunnies in a Jar’ – actual name is shown in the photo below!

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Arabic Basboosa gets a makeover at Lafayette Gourmet with the addition of a smooth chocolate-berry base.
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The Farm House was also present at the #GLFoodfest with a stall displaying their range of organic produce.
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Canadian Beef delicacies being served at the #GLFoodfest
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Ever wanted to try your hand at chocolate-making? Join the Chocolate Academy! How gorgeous is this Arabesque coffee pot? Unlike traditional Arabic pots, this one is made of edible chocolate!

Today (Saturday 19th September) is the last day of the Lafayette Gourmet Food Fest. Head to Galeries Lafayette at The Dubai Mall today, and try out the array of gourmet dishes for yourself. Bon apetit!

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