Expo Dubai 2020 seeks to position the UAE as a culinary capital, with over 250 food concepts from 191 countries all in one place. And from January 14-30, 2022, it hosts the Middle East’s first-ever vegan food festival, in association with Veganuary and Dubai Vegan Days. The festival takes place at the Festival Garden (access to the event is included with the Expo 2020 Dubai ticket) and brings together plant-based chefs and restaurants, food trucks and regional favorites, alongside a lineup DJs who will play every evening until 2 am.
Some of the concepts to look forward to include Erpingham House, the UK’s largest plant-based restaurant (by square footage); Holy Carrot, a British plant-based restaurant serving Asian-inspired dishes; Papa Burty’s by TV presenter Layne Redman serving Jamaican patties; Evergreen Organics, Qatar’s first vegan cafe, and Mylk, a chocolate and ice cream concept store, also from Doha.
Also in attendance is plant-based celebrity chef Matthew Kenney’s Veg’d, his take-out fast food concept based on California’s Costa Mesa. Its other concepts, the Xyst inspired by the Middle East; Mudra, known for its gourmet comfort food; and MAKE food truck, are located at Terra, the sustainability pavilion.
On January 29 and 30, Not Just For Vegans, the region’s largest vegan pop-up market will also take place at Festival Gardens, featuring over 60 brands of sustainable fashion, jewelry and accessories, as well as a vegan spa and biological, children’s activities and talks with the chef.
Additionally, restaurants at the Expo 2020 site are also participating in Veganuary. They include Alkebulan, which will host a 10-day pop-up from chef Glory Kabe; Bread Ahead, which will host vegan baking classes throughout 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