Muscat, Feb 7 – The Muscat Festival is a go-to place for food lovers, offering a choice of cuisines that suits the palates of both citizens as well as expatriates. A large area inside the Al Amerat Park and Naseem Park, both festival venues, has been dedicated to stalls selling an assortment of foods.
“I’m excited about the diverse collection of foods at these stalls,” said Dina, a food blogger. “Nowhere have I seen such a delicious collection, be it traditional Arab, Asian or continental.
All types of food are available here,” she said, while hopping from one stall to another. Also served at these food courts are traditional Omani cuisine, which have taken centre stage, drawing the maximum crowd, including expatriates. “It is amazing to see different kinds of people coming and trying out delectable dishes that we make every day,” said Nafeesa al Balushi, one of the stall owners. “The visitors want to try out the Omani dishes along with an international touch,” she said.
An Italian national, for instance, said he tried the baklava at the Omani pavilion and it “tasted awesome”. “Now I want to try the same with an Italian touch, where other ingredients will be added to it.” There are 50 to 100 food pavilions, including the ones selling ‘chatpata khana’ as well as Asian and Far-East delicacies. By 4 in the evening, the food courts are all ready to tickle the visitors’ taste buds with their authentic delicacies.