“Food and culture: Educate to Innovate”. Angola chose this topic for its participation in Expo 2015. This theme will bring you into an immersive journey into the Angolan life through its culinary culture, which really expresses the soul of this Country.
A cuisine marked by richness and affected by several cultural influences, that has been able to combine its recipes with a tradition that constantly renews looking into the future. From fish to meat, from legumes to fruit, from pasta to rice, up to insects and fusion cuisine, between tastes contrast and harmony.
The guests are captivated by the discovery of rituals, production methods and tools according to healthy and sustainable lifestyles to hand down to future generations. These are the roots of the slogan “Food and Culture – Education for innovation; Alimentaçao e Cultura – Educar para inovar”.
The pavilion features an interactive, fascinating and rich in contents travel on four floors. On the ground floor, the visitors will find typical farming, fishing, breeding and apiculture; furthermore, an interactive screen will tell about the role of females in the civil society and in politics. On the first floor, the guests will have the chance to discover recipes and distinctive features, and to experience closely the rituals of the community. On the second floor, a market displays seeds and finished products with a look into contemporaneity and the future, focusing on storage methods and quality controls. A food pyramid shows good practices and combinations for food consumption. The Angola logo combines a seed with a dish in an ideal journey to experience in the pavilion.
On the third floor, the guests can enter a terrace with an experimental restaurant where to try these combinations
surrounded by the local Angolan vegetation with exotic species, that can be also found outdoor with the rainforest and vegetable gardens.
At the centre of the pavilion, a stylized baobab, an important Angolan emblem, rises up to represent women, the bearing structure of social development, with pictures and biographies of women that witness their important realisations in different social classes.
The façade evokes the geometric patterns of traditional Angolan fabrics and generates a filter of natural light inside the pavilion.