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Epochal Banquet

A pioneering culinary experience inspired by space, microbiology, artificial intelligence and hyperintelligence to imagine the future of dining.
Epochal Banquet

A groundbreaking adventure in the future of food

Dubai, 2021: A pioneering culinary experience inspired by space, microbiology, artificial intelligence and hyperintelligence stirred the senses of curious diners in a new concept designed to challenge the future of dining.

Part of Expo 2020 Dubai, it was part of a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.

The Future of Food: Epochal Banquet, conceived in collaboration with Expo 2020, was a ground-breaking foodie adventure featured numerous world firsts, taking creativity, innovation and technology to a new level.

Diners had the opportunity to taste super-light delicacies formed using the same technique that NASA used to collect comet dust; edible creations that glowed in the dark; flavour-changing desserts; ultra-rare ingredients, including new-to-the-plate plants; and much more.

The immersive experience was inspired by the ‘Novacene’, a new era hypothesised by eminent scientist and inventor James Lovelock. The new age, he prophesised, will take over the ‘Anthropocene’ era, and allow humans to make large-scale changes to the planetary environment, and usher in a future where robots and artificial intelligence will rule.

The curated experience featured a multi-course exploratory menu, designed to entertain and inspire, while exploring important themes involving the future of food, including how humans and artificial intelligence could combine to sustainably feed a growing global population and tackle food waste, as well as the implications for future nutrition.


“Our World Expo is a global experience that will offer an endless journey of discovery – including through food and beverages. The Future of Food immersive experience is extremely exciting, offering foodies and the curious a world-first taste of the culinary experiences of tomorrow, while also delving into pressing global challenges based around food security and how innovation and food will combine in the future." Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Experience Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai

"Though the tech-infused menu sounds playful, it’s still engaging with themes like food waste and sustainability—just with a cyberpunk twist." WIRED Magazine