Milan World Expo 2015 – Is It Worth It?
Milan World Expo 2015, is it worth the hype?
Now that I have you thinking twice, let’s explore together and reach my final verdict.
Expo Milano 2015’s message is about food but more importantly, sustainability and responsibility. The goal is to raise awareness about food production and how we must create sustainability and be responsible for our footprint in consumption. Each pavilion had a unique theme and perspective on food in showcasing the message they were trying to convey.
From Milan World Expo site
“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life
Expo Milano 2015 will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and seek solutions to, the contradictions of our world. […] In addition, about 1.3 billion tons of foods are wasted every year. For these reasons, we need to make conscious political choices, develop sustainable lifestyles, and use the best technology to create a balance between the availability and the consumption of resources.
Reflection on the Expo theme becomes a time of sharing and celebration, involving conferences, events and performances, enhanced by the presence of the mascot Foody and the cheery characters who accompany him […] Expo Milano 2015 define and move forward the chosen theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”
I didn’t have time to visit all participants but did experience:
I enjoyed the experience and appreciated the message being conveyed. However, this is a major event where prices and quality of food and drinks will command higher than usual. This is NOT a gastronomical way to experience world cuisine but more of a learning experience for you to explore other cultural delicacies. Imagine it as an adult version of “Around the World” at Epcot. Some countries obviously put a lot more effort in their pavilion than others and you can also tell which are most popular. My favorite pavilion was Japan.
If you are already in Milan, it is a great activity to spend a day or half a day roaming the Expo. If you are not in Milan, skip it and spend time visiting another Italian town. It would most likely cost less and be overall more enjoyable.