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Yucatán takes the Mexico Pavilion at World Expo in Milan

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Yucatecan food joins an international lineup at Milan's 2015 World Expo. Photo: Facebook Facebook
Yucatecan food joins an international lineup at Milan’s 2015 World Expo. Photo: Facebook Facebook

September is Yucatán’s month at the beautiful Mexico Pavilion in Milan, Italy’s six-month-long World Expo 2015. Aside from promoting tourism to Italy’s traveling public, it’s a chance to make deals.

Since April, an airline named Blue Panorama has been flying tourists in from Milan as often as twice a week.

Starting tomorrow, Yucatán state tourism officials are touring Italy and shaking hands with airline executives with the goal of expanding the Mérida-Italy air connection.

The head of the Office of the Governor and the Office of International Affairs, Eric Rubio Barthell, told Sipse that a Rome-Mérida flight would be a natural next step.

In Milan, World Expo visitors are invited to relax at the Mexico Pavilion. Photo: Facebook
In Milan, World Expo visitors are invited to relax at the Mexico Pavilion. Photo: Facebook

Rubio Barthell, accompanied by Education Secretary Raúl Godoy Montañés and Tourism Development Secretary Saúl Ancona Salazar. will tour Italy through Thursday, starting with the Yucatán exhibition at the World Expo Milan 2015. Six Mexican states have taken their turn on the Mexico Pavilion at the Expo, and September is Yucatán’s month.

Atop Mexico's pavilion at the Milan World Expo, visitors get to sample Mexican cuisine. This month, Yucatán's classic dishes are featured. Photo: Mexico Pavilion
Atop Mexico’s pavilion at the Milan World Expo, visitors get to sample Mexican cuisine. This month, Yucatán’s classic dishes are featured. Photo: Mexico Pavilion

Every evening on the terrace of the Mexico Pavilion, a free tasting is open to the public. Traditional Yucatecan dishes from chef Pedro Evia of Ku’uk restaurant and David Cetina of La Tradición are on the bill of fare. Since May, a number of chefs from throughout Mexico have introduced their dishes to visitors.

Rubio Bartell noted that Europe’s traditional vacation season is over, so the Expo will be visited by prominent guests — presidents, princes, prime ministers — good timing for Yucatán’s exhibition.

The Mexico Pavilion was designed to suggest a corn cob, a tribute to the country's connection with maize. Photo: Mexico Pavilion
The Mexico Pavilion was designed to suggest a corn cob, a tribute to the country’s connection with maize. Photo: Mexico Pavilion

Mexico has had a pavilion in the world expo since Philadelphia’s 1876 fair. This year’s five-story structure was designed to resemble a corn cob, symbolizing the country’s connection to maize. Architect Francisco López Guerra Almada, along with biologist Jorge Vallejo and consultant Juan Guzzy, designed the space. With an exhibition site of 1,910 square meters, the pavilion offers an immersive experience into Mexico’s history, culture and food. Can’t come to Milan? Here is a virtual tour.

All 145 countries participating in the expo have their own self-built pavilion.

 

 

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