June 15, 2024

BBQ Festival at Festival Garden – Expo 2020 Dubai Food Festival

 BBQ Festival at Festival Garden – Expo 2020 Dubai Food Festival

Calling all BBQ enthusiasts, enjoy meat and music at the BBQ Festival at Festival Garden is 18th February – 6th March.

As part of the Expo Food Festival, the suitably smoky BBQ bonanza will run for two weeks, hosting homegrown superstars and featuring world-class chefs.  Expect to see sizzlin’ vibrant food from Chef Coco Reinarhz from Alkebulan The African Dining Hall. A host of homegrown smokehouse pros will grace the event, like The Local Fire by Mattar Farm and showcasing plant-based BBQ favourites, Just Vegan. 

The Hill Country Barbecue from the USA lands at Festival Garden, bringing with it a slice of authentic Southern hospitality and internationally famed smoked joints. Think warm delicious dry-rubbed, smoked low and slow barbecue meats, best-loved family favourites sides and desserts, combined with live music paying homage to Austin Texas!  Celeb Chef Ash Fulk will be in town, from Hill Country NYC, known for his stint on the Emmy-award winning season six of Bravo’s hit series TOP CHEF.  Along with “The Rachel Ray Show” Ash has appeared on “Chopped: Grill Masters”, competing with some of the top grillers in the country.

A family-friendly affair at the heart of Expo 2020. Whichever day you attend, there’ll be entertainment for everyone to enjoy from live bands all weekend to guaranteed fun-filled activities for the kids.

Buy your season pass for AED 50 to celebrate the last 50 days of Expo 2020 Dubai.

steaks cooking over flaming grill

Details of the BBQ Festival menu

Local Fire by The Mattar Farm

Dubai’s leading Smokehouse and BBQ artisans, creating signature sandwiches, chef-inspired gourmet and award-winning smoked meats with quality wood cooking. Expect the smokehouse professionals to rustle up its signature succulent 18 hours smoked brisket sandwich.

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Just Vegan Truck

Showcasing the power of plant-based foods and “veganism” popular BBQ favourites, enjoy a meat-free BBQ with all the classics. including smoked BBQ Wings made from plant-based ingredients.

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Choma by Alkebulan

Chef Coco, spreading the word of the very best of African cuisines with a deliciously eclectic BBQ menu. You’ll find a variety of mouth-watering classics with a twist.

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Hill Country BBQ

A fun and energetic tribute to the traditional Texas barbecue with famous dry-rubbed meats, smoked low and slow over Oakwood. To get your mouth watering, enjoy fall off the bone ribs and family recipes.

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Here O Donuts

The well-known pink and black van will be pulling up with iconic doughnut perfection here-o, there-o and at Festival Garden-o. Treat yourself to homemade sourdough doughnuts with scrumptious flavours.

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Mangrove Philippines Cuisine

Mangrove Philippines Cuisine, a homegrown restaurant at the Philippines Pavilion combined their talents to create and curate an authentic Filipino BBQ menu exclusively for Festival Garden.

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Floozie Cookies

Created by Pastry Chef Kimberly Lin, Floozie Cookies offers signature vegan ‘stuffed cookies’ in five flavours and a seasonally changing sixth option.

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BBQ Shack

Your classic BBQ Burger – keep it simple or load it up.


Indulge in classic waffles & delicious crepes including lots of flavours to choose from!

Details of entertainment

Saturday 19th February

Live performance from award-winning singer-songwriter Jay Abo at 15.00 – 18.00 –

Expect easy listening and toe-tapping with a combination of blues, electronica and pop from local legend. You may remember his rendition on the “The Voice” that went viral on YouTube and the recent single “Moonbound” which charted at #3 on the regional iTunes chart.

Screening at the Expo Sports Arena:

– Ladies’ Singles: Caroline Wozniacki VS Kim Cllijsters at 19.00 – 20.30

– Men’s Double Exhibition Game 21.00 – 22:30 

Live screening of Man City VS Tottenham at 21.20 PM

Sunday 20th February

Live performance from Talk of the Town 15.00-18.00

Screening at the Expo Sports Arena:

– Men’s Singles Exhibition Game: Mansour Bahrami VS Fabrice Santoro at 18.00-19.30

Live screening of Leeds VS Man Utd 18.00

Follow @ExpoFestivalGardento stay up to date with all entertainment and the latest happenings!

Boasting a range of succulent grilled options Festival Garden will become a paradise for all things BBQ!

Follow the official @ExpoFestivalGardenInstagram and  BBQ Festival at Festival Garden | Expo 2020 Dubai website  to keep up with all the fun!