Yesterday evening Dubai Duty Free hosted an evening of Middle Eastern fun, food and frolic at their Arabian Night extravaganza. It was held in the oasis, that is The Thermal Village, which is situated in the grounds of the Galgorm Resort and Spa.
The Spa at Galgorm is a wonderful facility and I did get a good look around-will have to try it out soon.
On arrival there was a drinks reception in The Orangery and canapés served in the village. The canapés were arancini, mini chicken Sumac baskets and non alcoholic Bloody Mary shooters. These were very tasty, complimented each other and went down very well!! The food was a mixture of classic Northern Irish and Middle Eastern.
Starters were then served, buffet style, in the Tee Pee, which had seating for 100 plus guests. The starters that I had were the pickled vegetables, flatbread, hummus, apple ketchup (amazing), very creamy chowder, smoked salmon,duck rillette and Baba ganoush. The culinary team at the Galgorm got it spot on-I really thought I was in Dubai!!
Throughout the evening there was an impressive falconry display comprising of Owls, Hawks, Falcons and an elegant Golden Eagle. There was also a chance to dress in traditional Arabian attire as shown off by four glamourous models and yours truly!! Also guests had a chance to get Henna (Mehndi) by the International Mehndi artist Binder Tohani.
The drummers played after dinner accompanied by fire artists. Dinner was a fine feast of chicken harissa, aubergine and okra bamya, Ottoman lamb, BBQ meat (chicken, Merguez sausage and Rump steak). There was also beef and Guinnes pie and smoked haddock on a bed of creamy cabbage. I had all but the beef dishes (including Merguez sausage) and must admit surpassed my expectations and tantalised the taste buds. The mix of the spices was spot on!!
I had to forego dessert and the band as had to relieve babysitter!! Big thanks to Aileen, Dubai Duty Free and the Galgorm.
Due to rights restrictions I’m unable to name or show pictures of any of the players or officials, suffice to say I did get to meet many wonderful people especially the CEO of Dubai Duty Free.