Expo 2020 Dubai has announced the experience of the African food court “Kibulan”, which will be launched as part of the international event to display African food and cultures with a new vision that celebrates the tastes of Africa.
The experience accompanies visitors by embodying the spirit of the African continent on a journey in which they explore the continent’s cultural diversity, bringing together people, societies and countries.
The African continent was called “Kibulan” in the past, which is the oldest name known to it and means “mother of humanity”. At Expo 2020 Dubai, “Alkibulan” will be a culinary concept curated by award-winning international chef Alexander Smalls, who is also a former opera singer. Food court is a celebration of African cuisine, created to showcase contemporary African food and music from across the continent. Each cooking station and concept has a unique design that expresses the individuality of the area, the kitchen and the chef at the top of the station.
“African food is as diverse as the countries and societies of the continent, but it is not sufficiently represented in the world,” said chef Alexander Smalls, who oversees the Kipulan dining hall. Bringing a piece of Africa to Expo 2020 is not just a dream come true, but it is also an opportunity to display the rich diversity that makes African cuisine change from one region to another. “Food and music are central to our culture, and Kipulan will be a place that unites the two, inviting visitors from all over the world to take part in a comprehensive experience rich in our tastes and traditions.”
Marjan Faraidooni, CEO of the visitor experience at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Food unites people and communities at a time when we need it most. As we adhere to the main slogan of (Expo 2020), (Connecting minds, creating the future), we invited countries around the world to showcase their national cuisine, in order to give visitors the opportunity to taste traditional and specialized food From all. worldwide in a safe environment. “We are very excited to welcome the African continent to Expo 2020 and give our visitors the opportunity to experience new flavors and concepts never seen before in the UAE.”
The “Alkibulan” dining room offers a world of delicious taste and extraordinary experiences, and enables guests to eat delicious food, traditional food and mixed meals in one destination. The food court has 10 stations, each of which offers a different menu:
Che Chef Coco’s Afro Street Eatery Station serves the rich, rich flavors of West African street food, with dishes such as mini chapati rolls stuffed with meat curry or Ugandan-style vegetable curry.
Che Chef Coco’s “Ken Bar” station also delights dessert lovers, offering what may be the most delicious “donut cake” in the world, along with dessert cocktails.
Small Alexander Smalls’ Chicken Cup chef station, which serves chicken prepared in his two favorite ways, grilled and fried. Not to be missed is the Tunisian-spiced chicken fried three times, served together with a thick Belgian waffle and topped with whipped cream.
Che Chef Coco Reiners’s Choma Barbecue Station gets its inspiration from the art of cooking, roasting and smoking meat, with a menu that includes Zanzibar marinated lamb rice served with cashew salad as well as Kenyan-style meat skewers with grilled green bananas. .
Tri The “Gecko Cocktails” station of the Tribe Kenya Hotel offers African flavors and drinks in cocktails prepared by bartender Kelvin Thaya.
Beng The Benga station for award-winning chefs Pierre Sevi, Glory Kabi and Mousse Gabbani, promises innovative African cuisine and a world-class culinary experience from Cameroon and Benin, serving dishes such as roasted turkey with mustard, tapioca and sauce Tandoori vegetable mayonnaise and fermented cassava oatmeal.
■ Seven Seafood by pioneer chef Kiran Jethwa offers a modern view of seafood from East Africa, using ingredients and flavors from the region to give a modern twist to traditional Kenyan cuisine.
Box Showbox Bakery by Chef Mami Sue, offers the ultimate African bakery experience, with sweet and savory ingredients including Ethiopian inje bread.
At Expo 2020, countries from all over the world will display their national dishes, giving visitors the opportunity to taste traditional and specialized cuisines from more than 200 different food outlets.
Expo 2020 Dubai will be hosted by the first global mega events held since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and its activities will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 and invite visitors from all over the world. to create a new world in a six-month celebration of creativity, innovation, progress and human culture.
• Visitors can explore the rich African culture through food, music and design.
• “Alkibulan” celebrates the diversity of cuisine of the African continent and its many abilities.
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