AlUla’s first food festival on the table for Winter at Tantora

Running through January 21st, this year’s Winter at Tantora Festival celebrates fine dining and unique culinary experiences atop a mountain deep in a lush oasis of Saudi Arabia’s ancient open-air museum city of AlUla.

The city’s first food festival, called Flavors of AlUla, runs until January 14, and invites visitors to attend masterclasses with world-famous chefs, feast on international cuisine, and whet the senses. You can participate in activities that are popular and try new food trucks and dishes from bubble tea. From sweet crepes to organic bowls.

Festival attendees include Dubai-based artisan pastry chef Karim Burgi, founder of Kayu Bakehouse and Kara Cafe, self-taught Saudi Arabian chef Omar Alwatban and Saudi Arabian chef Samira Sadiq. included.

The Flavors of AlUla festival runs until January 14th alongside Winter at Tantora.Photo: Royal Commission for AlUla

There are also black box experiences such as blind taste tests and mystery box tours, as well as activities for the whole family such as sushi rolls, making edible pottery, fruit decorating and how to use food as art. Benefits of the superfood moringa.

Here are just a few of the restaurants visitors can experience at this year’s Winter at Tantora Festival.


From the mountains overlooking the vast valley of Halat Ouweylid, Octo It has some of the most beautiful views of the city.

The Greek restaurant offers a variety of authentic flavors of the islands. Thinly sliced ​​eggplant crisps served with salty feta cheese, gyros and fried calamari. Juicy lamb meat is served with a fresh Greek salad. Many head to the restaurant to enjoy a hot he drink at the lava-black bar and cozy seating area.


Somewhere in AlUla

Located in an oasis in AlUla’s Al Jadida district, Somewhere serves international cuisine with a refreshing Mediterranean twist. The menu includes hummus, short rib kibbeh, fatteh, chicken shawarma bao, and chicken mousakhan rice. Karak flavored French toast is a particular highlight.


Mamzel is a fine dining pop-up surrounded by AlUla's canyon landscape, where dinner is served with live entertainment.Photo: Royal Commission for AlUla

Coming from Marbella, Mamzel is famous for its live entertainment and performances and has landed on the ancient land of the Nabataeans. The performer lights up the stage with fireworks, dance routines and vocal his performance throughout the night.

Mamzel offers set menus for SR600 ($160) per person on weekends. This includes za’tar hummus for appetizers, sea bass with delicate herbs and seasonings, mains of homemade linguine with black truffle and cream sauce, and ice cream with fresh fruit. dessert.

Entrecote Cafe de Paris

Entrecote Cafe de Paris in the Old Town is a steak lover’s dream. The steak is served on a piping hot platter soaked in fragrant butter, served with a ‘secret sauce’, a mayonnaise drenched salad and crisp French fries. Tiramisu is a popular dessert.

Updated: Jan 2, 2023, 7:03 AM

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