Milan expo 2015 discusses a theme that affects the whole planet; the expo park is heading towards their target of 20 million admissions and with one month left before the gates close, there is still time to book your ticket to Italy!
As a guest of charmeadventure.com-a Milan based firm offering tailor-made luxury travel-I became one of the 20 million expected visitors to ‘Expo Milano 2015’ that runs from May 1 to October 31. It is the first time in 15 years that Europe has hosted a World Expo, with more than 147 countries and international organisations sharing ideas and solutions on the theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. They cogitate over the critical question – how to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, whilst respecting the planet and its equilibrium.
The Korean pavilion, under the title “Hansik, Food for the Future: You are what you eat’, looks at the scientific mechanisms around preparation, production and consumption, but also explores the intimate and unique culture that surrounds Korean cuisine, something that has evolved through millennia. One of the key pillars that support Korea’s health boosting diet is ‘Fermentation’, the process through which sugars are converted into acids, and this has provided a great platform for discussion, but also highlighted the continued and growing popularity of Korean food around the world.
Other countries and Pavilions give visitors a vast array of interactive experiences, such as walking across suspended netting that forms a canopy above a garden composed of Brazilian vegetation; following the journey of a honey bee in an English orchard and wildflower meadow before spiralling into a structure that imitates a bee hive; or watching an interactive animation film created by the EU Pavilion to explore how joint cooperation can lead to a strong marriage between scientific research, tradition, nature and sustainability for global food security.
The Expo covers 1.1 million square meters of exhibition space, so big that several shuttle buses circuit the show ground stopping at ten stations to allow visitors to maximise their time and energy. Reserving energy is essential because just a short train ride away, one of the world’s great city centres awaits in classical elegance and style. A good starting point is Milan Expo Gate, the two modular, transparent and eco-sensitive buildings stand in front of the defensive architecture of the 14th century ‘Sforza Castle’ and is a short stroll from the unimaginably beautiful gothic masterpiece that is ‘Milan Cathedral’.
Expo Milano 2015 focuses on the contradiction between people living without enough food in some world regions, whilst others suffer ailments from too much. The event is vital in helping to build a future of sustainable solutions to feeding the planet by sharing the world’s ideas, innovations and technologies. I urge you to be one of the many millions of visitors and gain a greater insight into agri-food and gastronomic traditions from every exhibiting country.