Riyadh to host the 1st ever European Food Festival in Saudi Arabia 

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 13 March 2023 – The Delegation of the European Union in Riyadh, in cooperation with the Embassies of the EU Member States, the Saudi Culinary Arts Commission and the Diplomatic Quarter Office in Riyadh, is delighted to announce the first-ever European Food Festival in Saudi Arabia taking place on 16-17 March. The event is free to attend and will be held at Al-Kindi Plaza in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, running from 4 PM to 11 PM on both days.

The Festival will feature specialities and food items from various European countries, offering the Saudi audience a chance to discover the diversity of the European cuisine. The vendors participating at this unique event will be offering culinary delights from various European countries, including Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Besides indulging in delicious food, the visitors will also be able to enjoy live music, entertainment, and special activities for kids, making it a perfect event for the whole family. The event will also feature some exciting live cooking shows, organized and sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Chefs’ Association, with well-known Saudi chefs competing against each other to prepare some delicious dishes from European ingredients.

H.E. Patrick Simonnet, EU Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: “The European Food Festival aims to celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Europe and showcase the diversity of our continent’s gastronomy. We hope this inaugural event will deepen our cooperation with the people of Saudi Arabia and provide a platform for cultural exchange between Europe and the Kingdom. And what better way to do it than through our shared love for food.”

The event’s culinary partners include many beloved restaurants, bakeries and brands present in Saudi Arabia such as restaurants Eataly, Chez Bruno, Cova, L’Olivo, Crepe House and Lecomptoir Lounge. Participating at the Festival are also some of the best bakeries in town such as Dolce Ragusa, Eric Kayser, Fareen, Aur, La Grenier à Pain, Breddy and Oh Deer Bakery. The event will also feature the skilful chefs from Hilton, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Intercontinental and Radisson Blu Hotels preparing some of their signature dishes. Organic supermarket Rootura La Vie Claire, Green Cola, Delta Coffee, Dutch Stroopwafels, DAVA Farms, Loacker and Friesland Campina will be selling their hit products. The event will also feature the popular juice bar & coffee shop Joe & the Juice. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will also be organising a lottery among attendees to win free flight tickets. Participants will also be able to have a taste of Saudi coffee, offered by the Culinary Arts Commission.

The European Food Festival is a cashless event with the food and drinks at the event sold through card payments. Interested attendees are encouraged to register online on the event’s website to ensure smooth access to the Diplomatic Quarter.

For registration as well as for more information on the Festival’s programme and participants, please visit:

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