Welcome to The Speciality Food Festival

The Speciality Food Festival is the MENA region’s leading gourmet & fine food event that welcomes international traders, wholesalers, importers, retailers and Foodservice professionals to connect with international suppliers of artisanal F&B products over 3 days. The Speciality Food Festival trades under six distinct sectors covering Artisan & Gourmet, Organic & Fresh, Fair Trade & Ethnic, Bakery & Cereals, Nuts, Seeds & Dried Fruit and Specialty Beverages.

Who Attends

During the 2017 edition The Speciality Food Festival welcomed more than 15,000 visitors including international chefs, GMs, F&B Managers and procurement heads from Carrefour, Spinneys, LuLu hypermarket, Dubai Duty Free, Jumeirah Group, Kempinski Hotels, Sofitel, Choitrams, Tesco, The Ritz Carlton and many others. As the largest and most respected event of its kind, The Speciality Food Festival is where MENA’s food professionals go to source fine foods, premium gifts and dietary specialist categories such as Free From, Fair Trade, Organic and non GMO. At a time when mindful eating is at the heart of global F&B success, The Speciality Food Festival showcases products and ingredients that are aimed at positioning your F&B company ahead of the game.

Features & Networking

The Speciality Food Festival is where you can find ways to put the latest premium food trends into practice. Co-located with yummex Middle East, SEAFEX Middle East and GulfHost, The Speciality Food Festival gives you access to a raft of interactive activities such as Chefs Theatre, The Global Date Market, House of Tea and the GulfHost Restaurant Development Conference, to name a few. Your chance to stay at the cutting edge of foodservice preparation for the year ahead is also an opportunity to gain insight into the hospitality industry at large, as delegates at the Free to Attend GulfHost Restaurant Development Conference benefit from entrepreneurial case studies shared by than 60 seasoned experts from within the GCC.

The original gourmet and artisan food event for the
Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Exhibitors' Profile

More than 130 exhibitors showcase their products and services at The Speciality Food Festival, from globally referenced gastronomers such as Business France to native international suppliers enlisted by the Singapore Food Manufacturers Association, to lesser known startups and local producers such as Green Village Foodstuff in UAE. Visit Speciality.ae for the full list of exhibitors.

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ARTISAN & GOURMET A platform for gourmet, high quality food and premium food products

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ORGANIC & FRESH A healthy lifestyle is the direction that consumers are heading towards, on a global level

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FAIR TRADE & ETHNIC Celebrate the culture diversity while having foods from all of the world at one’s door

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BAKERY & CEREALS Experience the unique and innovative flavours of premium bakeries

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NUTS, SEEDS & DRIED FRUITS High in nutrients, nuts, sees and dried fruits are becoming healthy options as snacks

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SPECIALITY BEVERAGES Consumers are on the look for unique but similar and healthy but quick pick up

Why should I visit?

Convenience: The Speciality Food Festival brings together the biggest international buyers and suppliers at a central destination between East and West. Dubai is strategically positioned to serve both established and emerging markets, making it more accessible than other competitive events taking place in Europe or America.

Business Opportunity: There is a marked rise in hotel development and renovation taking place in the lead up to Dubai World Expo 2020, creating exceptional networking potential. The Middle East and North Africa region as a whole is in the midst of exponential tourism growth, with operators openly exploring destinations in the Middle East, where tourism is booming.

The Speciality Food Festival is co-located with 3 complementary trade events showcasing finished-food products in the form of confectionery & snacks at yummex Middle East, seafood at SEAFEX Middle East and Foodservice equipment at GulfHost. Your Speciality Food Festival entry pass admits free entry to all co-located events.