Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-: The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation’s pavilion at the Heritage Village of the Sheikh Zayed Festival has organized a number of outstanding events, shows and competitions, including a series of traditional cooking competitions that showcases authentic Emirati cuisine prepared by a number of Emirati chefs daily.
The Heritage Village at the Sheikh Zayed Festival is built to portray an Emirati village from earlier times decorated with traditional Emirati ornaments to genuinely reflect how life used to be in the UAE. The Heritage Village features daily cooking contests that showcases the best and most delicious traditional Emirati dishes. The pavilion is one of the most famous areas at the Sheikh Zayed Festival each year, as it plays a significant role to highlight the Festival’s message, emphasize on the development and progression of the global event, and express its educational message for the citizens of the UAE and visitors of various nationalities who take part in this major cultural and heritage event.
Daily cooking competitions for the best Emirati dishes will be held over the course of 120 days with the participation of local chefs and cooking enthusiasts, attended by food lovers and culinary aficionados who are interested in authentic Emirati cuisine.
The Traditional Cooking Competitions is an event that consists of eight competitions in total. Each competition will include a total of 12 days of tasting, judging and awarding points to each of the dishes served daily, with a final deliberation that will take place on the twelfth day. The competitions will feature eight main dishes: Al Jami, Al Memroosa, Al Khadid, Al Thwaba, Al Bzar, Al Qoras, Al Ajar and Al Yaqat. The verdicts will be announced at the end of each competition, and each contestant has the right to choose which of the eight authentic dishes to cook. Participants are expected to prepare dishes that include all the authentic flavors and ingredients that were used in the past to make their chosen dish.
This event aims to introduce and preserve Emirati culinary traditions for future generations, encourage visitors and residents of the UAE to know more about the Emirati cuisine and promote it globally.