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How much does the lunch cost at EXPO and where can you snack for free at the exhibition

15 June

The food issue at the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 is of concern to every visitor of the event. “Sputnik” agency writes about what they feed at the exhibition, how much is the lunch and where you can snack for free.

For quenching your thirst, which is inevitable in Astana’s heat, you can take water with you, but not in a glass container, and at the entrance the security service may ask you to take a sip. In addition, dispensers with water and plastic cups are installed in many pavilions and rooms. There you can also fill the flasks, and there are drinking fountains in the "Best Practices Zone”.

If you buy water, 0.5 litre water bottle will cost an average of 300 tenge or slightly less than one US dollar at the current rate.

Also, the water is served free of charge in many catering establishments, especially in those specializing in the spicy cuisine - for instance, in Korean restaurants.

If you familiarize yourself with EXPO events calendar in advance, you can eat absolutely free of charge in many pavilions during the celebration of national days, and on the third floor of Thailand pavilion you can at any time try Thai coffee for free, and if you order national dishes and purchase soft drinks you will need to pay another 2750 tenge (8.6 dollars - hereinafter notes in brackets EXPO

In addition, a dozen national restaurants of different countries are operating on the territory of the exhibition, and a few more will open before the end of the exhibition. In the restaurant of German cuisine at the exit from Germany pavilion for 2600 tenge you can buy a glass of Munich beer, and the prices for soft drinks start from 650 tenge (8.2 and 2 dollars respectively). Prices for the hot meals and soups start from 3000 tenge (9.4 dollars).

“In a Dutch coffee house you can have fresh pastries and coffee. The “Bunz" buns cost 300 tenge, a cup of coffee starts from 600 tenge (94 cents and 1.8 US dollars, respectively), you can also buy waffles here (rather as a gift), popular reusable coffee cups and a variety of souvenir products,” the publication writes.

The Indian restaurant serves mixed dishes of lamb or poultry meat, as well as food for vegetarians. The cost would be about 3000 tenge, samosa costs 300 tenge, beverages from 500 tenge (1.5 dollars).

The average check for a visitor in the Korean pavilion is 8000 tenge (25 dollars).

In the restaurant of Malaysian cuisine you can order a hot meal for an amount within the limits of 3000 tenge, the appetisers cost an average of 950 tenge, and beverages - from 750 tenge (2.9 and 2.3 dollars respectively).

To eat in Monaco pavilion, where you can order both classic and cold coffee with mint, croissants, sandwiches and cheesecakes, is possible for an amount of 3000 tenge, and the average check for a similar calorie menu in the pavilion of Russia will be about 2000 tenge.

In Uzbek restaurant you can order a substantial portion of pilaf, which costs 1,200 tenge, and samsa costs 200 tenge ( 3.7 dollars and 60 cents, respectively).

The Czech Republic has two food points - a Czech restaurant where a glass of beer can be ordered for 2100 tenge (6.6 dollars) and a small bakery on the street, where for 700 tenge (2,2 dollars) you can buy a Czech twisted bun trdelník.

You can also have a bite at the buffet of Sri Lankan pavilion. There are 6 types of baked goods and snacks. The average check will be 800 tenge (2.5 dollars).

The edition notes that there are well-known fast food outlets, restaurants and cafes on the territory of the exhibition. Fast food prices can differ from city ones by 200-300 tenge, and in restaurants will vary by the sum of 500 tenge and above.

“In summary, it is safe to say that visiting catering points at EXPO is quite comparable to the cost of snacks in a shopping mall or a visit to a city restaurant. In addition, snacks and baby food can be easily carried to the territory of EXPO,” the agency concludes.

Let us remind, earlier was published a map of the location of restaurants on the territory of EXPO 2017. 30 restaurants will be available to the guests of the exhibition, in which cuisines from all over the world will be represented.

In addition, on ethno-aul territory which will open within the framework of the world specialised exhibition Astana EXPO 2017, will be located the “Restaurants of traditional Kazakh Oriental cuisine” sector. There will be a kitchen and separate places of food in the form of yurts and tents. Guests can watch the culinary processes and learn the essence of the national Kazakh cuisine. The most exquisite gourmets will be offered dishes and treats of national cuisine: kymyz, shubat, airan, baursak, kurt, іrіmshіk, zhent, nauryz kozhe, kazy, karta, beshbarmak, kuyrdak, zhaya, shuzhuk and other dishes and delicacies.

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