15 countries to present cuisines at EXPO 2017

ASTANA – Fifteen countries are getting ready to present their national cuisine at EXPO 2017 with more than 10,000 square metres of the exhibition area to be allotted for commercial catering facilities.

Daulet Yerkimbayev, director of the Astana EXPO 2017 commercialisation department announced interim results on competition among catering renters, according to the company’s press service.

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“The organisation of restaurant service on such large-scale events is a key and necessary aspect. It is important that services meet the expectations of different customer groups, starting with the top officials and delegates of member countries, ending with the residents and guests of the capital. To date, approximately 15 countries, including Italy, Germany and Poland are planning to organise the catering facilities offering their national cuisine,” Yerkimbayev pointed out.

According to report, 40 catering facilities will occupy at least 10,000 square metres of the exhibition area.

“Restaurants, bars and coffee shops will welcome EXPO 2017 guests on the ground floor in the commercial pavilion. The first floor will feature fast-food outlets similar to shopping malls. Catering facilities will offer services available to all social strata of the population and income levels,” said the report.

“We have announced the competition at the end of 2016. Business sector is largely involved in the process. On a competitive basis, we have determined 71 percent of renters. In rigorous selection of renters, we paid particular attention to the quality of service, experience in the market and pricing policy. Companies and business sector are welcome to the participation in the contest and further cooperation. This is a great chance for our domestic producers to demonstrate their capabilities,” Yerkimbayev reiterated.

According to the national company, 115 countries and 18 international organisations have officially confirmed their participation in the international specialised exhibition dedicated to the theme of Future Energy. EXPO 2017 will last from June 10 to Sept. 10.