The best foods to try at Expo 2020 Dubai’s vegan festival

Expo is celebrating veganuary with delicious plant-based dishes

Veganuary on your mind? Expo 2020 Dubai is hosting a vegan food festival this month filled with yummy plant-based options.

The Expo vegan foodie festival is a collaboration with Vegan Days, and it’s the first-ever festival of its kind in the region. The event is free to attend as part of an Expo ticket and no booking is required.

Ready to sample some plant-based dishes? (Of course.) The Expo 2020 Dubai vegan food festival is running every day until Sunday January 30 from noon to midnight on weekdays and noon to 2am on weekends. (Take advantage of the discounted weekday ticket or the multiple visit offer happening this month to bag a food voucher.)

The vegan festival is taking place at Festival Garden, Wadi Avenue, Jubilee Park, near the Malaysia Pavilion.

For the most important question: what to eat at the Expo vegan food festival? There are a number of great-looking plant-based options. Here are some of the highlights:

The smoke house burger at Chuck Chick

Vegan meets ’50s Americana with this whopper of a 100 percent plant-based burger featuring a deep-fried onion ring, cheddar “cheese”, maple “bacon”, lettuce, tomato, red onion, hickory barbecue sauce and garlic mayo.

Jungle avocado roll at Evergreen Organics

This is one of those too pretty you almost don’t want to eat it vegan dishes, but then you’d be missing out on the refreshing combination of mango, kale, cucumber, quinoa, cashew cheese and beetroot from Qatar’s first 100 percent vegan café.

Marg at Vegan Dough Co.

This is a chunky vegan version of the classic Margherita pizza from the London-based pizza makers. Thick slices of tomato are topped with cultured cashew mozz, baby spinach and pesto.

Kale Caesar at Erpingham House

This definitely isn’t the average Caesar salad from the British vegan and vegetarian resto. First of all, just look at the beauty. Secondly, the plant-based, modern riff on the traditional salad has almond parmesan, apple matchsticks, tomatoes and radish shavings. It’s finished with crunchy croutons and Caesar dressing.

Crispy maki at Holy Carrot

Healthy, plant-based and oh-so-Instagrammable: The maki rolls at Holy Carrot feature tricolour organic quinoa, heritage vegetables, crispy tempura and a drizzle of spicy mayo. Enjoy the London-based restaurant’s Expo pop-up while it’s here: the permanent location serves up plant-based dishes crafted from ethically sourced ingredients.

Mylk Rocher at Mylk

It’s not milk, it’s Mylk. The Abu Dhabi plant-based boutique bakery is at Expo and dishing out its popular Mylk Rocher featuring the unbeatable combo of chocolate and hazelnut. You will likely want a handful of them.

After you’ve eaten your way through the Expo vegan food festival, you can check out the other cool things happening at Expo 2020 Dubai in January.

Free with Expo ticket. Mon-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sun noon-2am, Until Sun Jan 30, Expo2020 Dubai, Festival Garden,