Kuwait’s food industry is estimated at KD 55 billion per annum and is home to over 5,000 restaurants. The Taste of Q8 is a groundbreaking event and new business model for Kuwait highlighting the extraordinary food industry in Kuwait. It is the first of its kind, open air consumer food festival to be launched successfully in Kuwait.
The Taste of Q8 brings together world renown Celebrity Chefs presenting live cooking demos, dozens of local restaurants offering food tasting, live music performances, and family-oriented activities.
The first TOQ8 was held in March 2015, at the Kuwait International Fairgrounds, and had approximately 18,000 attendees over the three days and 40+ restaurants and farmers market participants. In its second year, the TOQ8 was held at Marina Crescent with 21,000 attendees, 60+ restaurants and the addition of an interactive Celebrity Chef Cooking School.
Now in its third year, TOQ8 is recognized as Kuwait’s signature annual food event.
TOQ8 2017 is helping to promote Kuwaiti chefs and local restaurants with expanded offerings from locals and even more live cooking shows. This year’s TOQ8 aims to have over 80 restaurant participants, and a targeted attendee mix which is representative of Kuwait’s population; 30% Kuwaiti nationals, and families with adults ages 35+, in upper income segments.