And this time, the big weekend is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
For many more, it’s simply a chance to check out some great grub, hear live music and generally have fun with friends in one of Dubai’s best-loved park spaces.
Media City Amphitheatre opens its turnstiles this Thursday at 4pm and keeps the hobs hot and handy until Saturday night.
He’s joined by fellow countryman Luke Thomas, the youthful brains behind Retro Feasts at JBR The Beach, and the infectious TV regular Aldo Zilli, among others.
And expect fresh regional and exotic cuisine from the likes of Mohammad Orfali, Reza Mohammad and Tarek Ibrahim.
Continuing its partnership with Taste of Dubai, the company is bringing its new Make Life Delicious programme to the event.
This will enable visitors to unlock their cooking potential by cooking along with Electrolux’s partner-chefs, the idea being to learn new skills, hints and tips that will inspire them to become more creative in the kitchen.
Among the culinary talent on their roster is Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Electrolux chef Paolo Pettenuzzo, Gohei Kishi (Ramusake), Fryderyk Zielinski (Aubaine), Daniel Ferreira (J&G Steakhouse), Jorge Rivero (The Gramercy) and Omar Omara (Fratelli La Bufala).
The Electrolux Chef’s Theatre is another returning popular feature, hosting live demonstrations from a selection of the world’s best chefs, including Michel Roux Jr, Jenny Morris and Eric Lanlard.
Among the restaurants setting up shop over the three days are South African fusion outlet Big Easy Bar & Grill, modern Indian concepts Carnival by Tresind and Spice & Ice, French bistro Aubaine, Levantine favourites Abyat and Olea, Burger & Lobster, American gastro pub Cook Hall, Korean haven Sonamu, Royal Orchid (Far Eastern) and enduring fusion favourite Teatro.
Around the park you will find numerous exhibitors showing off exciting new products – such as Keza with their bright new foodie app – and offering samples of their wares.
On top of that there’s a cooking challenge and a kids area, in case you need them to work up an appetite as you feast and imbibe.
TASTE of Dubai is at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre 4pm – 12am on Thursday, 12pm – 12am on Friday and 12pm – 11pm on Saturday.
FOR the festival schedule, more details on who is cooking and entertaining and how to buy tickets, visit www.tasteofdubaifestival.com