The first AlUla food festival on the table for the winter in Tantora

This years Winter in Tantora Running through January 21, the festival celebrates elegant dining and unique mountaintop dining experiences deep in the lush oasis of ancient times in the open air. museum city from al ula in Saudi Arabia.

The city’s first food festival, called Flavors of AlUla, will run until January 14, giving visitors the chance to attend master classes with world-renowned chefs, enjoy international cuisine, engage in multi-sensory activities and try new food trucks and dishes, from bubble tea. to sweet crepes and organic bowls.

Festival participants include chef Karim Bourgi, a Dubai-based artisan pastry chef and founder of Kayu Bakehouse and Calla Cafe, self-taught Saudi chef Omar Alwatban and Saudi chef Samira Sadiq, among others.

The Flavors of AlUla festival runs until January 14, along with Winter in Tantora.  Photo: Royal Commission for AlUla

Activities for the whole family are also offered, including a Black Box experience (a blindfolded taste test and mystery box tour), as well as classes on rolling sushi, making edible pottery, decorating fruit, using food as art and the benefits of moringa superfood.

Here are some of the restaurants that visitors can experience during this year’s Winter at Tantora festival.

Oct

Overlooking the vast valleys of Harrat Uwayrid from a mountain, Oct It has some of the most beautiful views in the city.

The Greek restaurant offers a range of authentic flavors from the islands. Thinly sliced ​​eggplant fries are served with salty feta cheese, gyros and fried calamari. The juicy lamb comes with a side of fresh Greek salad. Many people head to the restaurant to enjoy hot drinks at the lava-black bar and cozy seating area that doubles as a stellar vantage point over the valley.

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Somewhere

Somewhere Restaurant in AlUla

Located in the oasis of AlUla’s AlJadida district, Somewhere offers a mix of international cuisine with a refreshing twist of Mediterranean flavours. On the menu are hummus, short rib kibbeh, fatteh, chicken shawarma bao, and chicken musakhan rice. The karak flavored French toast is a particular highlight.

Mameluke

Mamzel is a fine dining pop-up restaurant nestled in the AlUla canyon landscapes where dinner is served with live entertainment.  Photo: Royal Commission for AlUla

Departing from Marbella, Mamzel is famous for its entertainment and live performances, and has descended on the ancient land of the Nabateans. Performers light up the stage with fireworks, dance routines, and vocal performances for patrons throughout the night.

Mamzel has a set menu priced at 600 Saudi riyals ($160) per person on weekends, which includes zaatar hummus for starters, sea bass with subtle herbs and seasonings, homemade linguine with black truffle and cream sauce for main course, and ice cream with fresh fruits for desserts

Entrecote Café de Paris

In the old town, Entrecote Café de Paris is a meat lover’s dream. The steak is served on sizzling hot plates infused with aromatic butter, with a ‘secret sauce’ and a side of mayonnaise-soaked salad and accompanied by crispy fries. Tiramisu is popular for dessert.

Updated: January 02, 2023, 7:03 am