Middle East Launches First Vegan Food Festival at Expo 2020 Dubai, January 14-30

Middle East Launches First Vegan Food Festival at Expo 2020 Dubai, January 14-30

Expo Dubai 2020 seeks to position the UAE as a culinary capital, with more than 250 food concepts from 191 countries, all in one place. And from January 14-30, 2022, it will host the first vegan food festival in the Middle East, in association with Veganuary and Dubai Vegan Days. The festival takes place in the Festival Garden (access to the event is included with the Expo 2020 Dubai ticket) and brings together chefs and plant-based restaurants, food trucks and regional favorites, along with a lineup of DJs playing every night until 2 am

Some of the concepts we hope to include are Erpingham House, the UK’s largest plant-based restaurant (by square feet); Holy Carrot, a UK plant-based restaurant serving Asian-inspired dishes; TV host Layne Redman’s Papa Burty’s serving Jamaican patties; Evergreen Organics, Qatar’s first vegan cafe, and Mylk, a chocolate and ice cream concept store, also from Doha.

Celebrated plant-based chef Matthew Kenney’s Veg’d, his self-serve fast-food takeout concept based in California’s Costa Mesa, is also participating. His other concepts, the Middle Eastern-inspired Xyst; Mudra, known for its gourmet comfort food offerings; and MAKE food truck, are located in Terra, The Sustainability Pavilion.

From January 29-30, Not Just For Vegans, the region’s largest vegan pop-up market, will also take place at Festival Gardens, featuring more than 60 sustainable fashion, jewelry and accessory brands, as well as an organic and vegan spa, activities and talks by the chef.

In addition, the restaurants on the Expo 2020 site also participate in Veganuary. They include Alkebulan, which will be home to a 10-day pop-up from chef Glory Kabe; Bread Ahead, which will offer vegan baking classes throughout the month of January; plus vegan options at Adrift Burger Bar, Kutir, Long Chim, Café Milano, The Local Aussie Grill, Mangrove Philippines Cuisine, Melbourne Lane and Sky Market.

For more information, visit Expo Dubai 2020 website


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