Italian Food Festival

January 2, 2014


Jeddah’s renowned hotel, Rosewood Jeddah, is wrapping up preparations for one of the most exciting culinary festivals in the city, the Italian Food Festival, taking place from January 15-30, 2014 at the hotel’s celebrated restaurant, Habsburg.

Now in its third edition, the Italian Food Festival will feature the most authentic Italian blends, offering the hotel guests a true cultural experience from the one of the richest and most famous food regions in Italy, Emilia Romagna.

This year’s edition will feature Chef Francesca Simoni, a talented Italian culinary expert flying from Bologna, Italy, in order to oversee the operations at Habsburg kitchen during the festival days, in coordination with Executive Chef Maurizio, bringing the authentic flavours of Emelia Romagna to the Bride of the Red Sea.

“Words cannot express my excitement and pride of being the first female Italian Chef taking part in a leading festivity in Jeddah, said Simoni. This is my first experience in the Middle East, and I am glad it will start from the heart of the Arabian Peninsula.

“With a professional and skilled team such as Habsburg’s, I am sure this year’s edition will be another success to add to the festival’s history. We have prepared a diverse and rich menu for our guests, and I cannot wait to receive all of them at Habsburg” Added Simoni.

Chef Francesca is currently working for one of the most respected and prominent Italian restaurants, Amerigo 1934 Trattoria, that has recently won the prestigious Gambero Rosso Award for the best restaurant in Italy for the year of 2013.

Amegrio 1934 Trattoria has supplied Habsburg team with the ingredients needed for the Italian Food Festival menu, from extra virgin olive oil to authentic cheese selections and row pasta varieties.

Guests of the Italian Food Festival can expect a variety of original Italian cuisine from Amelia Romagna including the authentic homemade pasta, fresh sea food Fritto Misto, as well as a spectacular live cooking station of the delicious Risotto sorts.

Hans-Peter Leitzke, Managing Director at Rosewood Jeddah said: “The idea behind the Italian Food Festival is to offer Rosewood Jeddah guests a unique and true Italian experience in the heart of the Kingdom.

“We wanted to offer something new to our guests while remaining reliable to the Italian traditional gastronomy. The best way to do this is through introducing them to the Amelia Romagna flavours that Chef Francesca excels”.

The two-week event is hosted by Habsburg restaurant at Rosewood Jeddah Hotel, and sponsored by Qatar Airways, Okaz newspaper, Saudi Gazette newspaper,, Mix Fm radio, Acqua Panna, and S. Pellegrino.

Diners at the Italian Food Festival will have the chance to enter a daily lucky draw to win prizes including flights courtesy of Qatar Airways, iPad Minis from or overnight stays for two in Rosewood Jeddah.

Those eager to take part will be able to dine each evening from 7 p.m. to midnight throughout the festival for SAR 200 per person including mineral water and a soft drink.

For booking and more information please call Rosewood Jeddah at +966 12 260 7111 

About Rosewood Jeddah
Situated on Jeddah’s Corniche, Rosewood Jeddah is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The celebrated Jeddah Corniche runs parallel to the Red Sea for over 32 kilometres and provides convenient access to the city’s business and leisure areas.As the premier hotel in Jeddah, the stunning Rosewood Jeddah redefines modern elegance and offers unparalleled personal service and world-class amenities, including 24-hour butler service for each of the 127 guest rooms and suites.

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