Expo 2020 Dubai to have world’s largest vertical farm

It’s no surprise Expo 2020 is set to be one of the biggest events in the Middle East, and with so many expected to attend (from 190 countries), there are going to be a lot of hungry visitors. The world’s largest vertical farm will be providing fresh produce for more than 200 food and beverage outlets at the hugely-anticipated event next year.

Partnering with Emirates Flight Catering, the 130,000 sq ft vertical farm will provide greens for 50 million meals, expected to be served across the 173 days. The event kicks off on October 20, 2020 and runs until April 10, 2021. The farm is currently under construction, and it’s expected to make 2,700 kilos of herbicide- and pesticide-free greens. The farm also uses 99 percent less water than outdoor farms.

Along with the farm, the airline’s flight catering will launch multiple food and beverage spots across the Expo’s three ‘Thematic Districts’. There will be fine dining venues with frequently changing menus and a monthly star chef, along with Grains and Greens, a venue serving up gourmet sandwiches, bowl creations, and sharing platters. There’s also La Patisserie, offering desserts and coffee, and Deli2Go for on-the-movie grub.

“With 50 million meals expected to be served during Expo 2020, both quality and sustainability are crucial to our aim of creating an exceptional – and delicious – World Expo, while also contributing to a more sustainable future for us all,” said senior vice president of programming at Expo 2020 Dubai Gillian Hamburger.

“At Emirates Flight Catering we are constantly looking at innovation and ways to improve our productivity, product, and service quality,” said chief executive officer of Emirates Flight Catering.

“Our ‘farm to fork’ concept not only secures our own supply chain of locally-sourced, fresh vegetables, but it significantly reduces our environmental footprint as well. We are delighted to collaborate with Expo 2020 to provide millions of visitors with a truly memorable gastronomical experience.”

Expo 2020: Oct 20, 2020-Apr 10, 2021, Dubai South. For more information, visit www.expo2020dubai.com.

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