Ubud Food Festival 2019 by ABC

Published 12 April 2019   

The Ubud Food Festival 2019 Presented by ABC is almost here. It starts on Friday, April 26 and runs for three days till Sunday afternoon, April 28. The event, now in its fifth year, features a full lineup of 100+ chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers, food writers, scientists and activists, 23 special events, 18 kitchen stage demos, and an assortment of food kiosks from some of Bali’s best kitchens offering their pared down menus.

In its five years, the festival has grown into Indonesia’s leading food event, and the nation’s primary platform for sharing its diverse culinary cultures, unique local produce and top restaurants with the world. UFF19 will be generously seasoned with the theme Spice Up the World.

“Food is the easiest way to access a culture.”

“We chose the theme, “Spice up the World” to show food lovers across the globe that it’s time they added some Indonesian dishes to their list of favorites, and through this, learn something about Indonesia,” explains UFF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe. “Food is, after all, the easiest way to access a culture.”

UFF is renowned for bringing together local food heroes to collaborate with chefs from across the world, encouraging cross-cultural exchange and forging new professional pathways. From Jakarta to New Jersey, Bangkok to Barcelona, Sydney to Singapore and of course from across Bali, the lineup is testament to Indonesian food’s rising status on the world culinary stage.

Along with the 12 chefs announced as part of our first taste release, we are thrilled to be welcoming Debbie Teoh, the poster girl of Peranakan cuisine, Luca Fantin, who in 2014 was anointed Best Italian Chef in the World by Identità Golose Magazine, and Carlos Montobbio, who at Singapore’s Esquina transports diners to the heart of Spain.

Spotlighting cuisines from lesser-known Indonesian regions remains a core component of the festival, too. For her annual Long Table Lunch, DeNeefe will be joined by Kris Syamsudin, Founder of eco-tourism initiative Cengkeh Afo and Gamalama Spices in Ternate, North Maluku. Together they’ll present traditional Ternate dishes slow-cooked in bamboo.

Foodies with a sweet tooth are naturally well catered for at UFF. Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef for the Robuchon Bangkok Group, Yannis Janssens is a culinary innovator renowned for his distinctive approach to creating desserts, while MasterChef Australia 2017 runner-up Ben Ungermann is Australia’s new king of ice cream. Vanilla bay leaf ice cream, and Dutch spiced biscuit and pumpkin galettes with salted butterscotch, anyone?

Ubud Food Festival is committed to minimizing all forms of waste across all program areas, from organic waste at the cooking demo stages to disposable packaging at food stalls. Food vendors have been strongly encouraged to avoid single-use packaging, and festival attendees are encouraged to bring their own plates and utensils.

The free in-depth food discussion stage Food for Thought features various panels exploring Bali’s most successful waste management initiatives, while the film program features Pulau Plastik, a new local series aiming to change public behavior towards Bali’s plastic waste problem. Both these program areas were launched in early March.

“We’re thrilled to announce the full lineup of speakers joining us for our fifth year,” DeNeefe commented. “The culinary collaborations between international and Indonesian chefs at Ubud’s top restaurants and resorts will strengthen cross-cultural exchanges and professional opportunities. From Aceh to Ternate, we’ll have more regional Indonesian cuisine on the table than ever before. Bali deserves to be one of the world’s top dining destinations and we’ll be tasting the best of the island at UFF19. Things are about to get very, very spicy!”

Ubud Food Festival is primarily held at the Festival Hub @ Taman Kuliner (Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali).

Taman Kuliner is home to a feast of free events, including the Food for Thought discussion sessions, Teater Kuliner Indonesian cooking demonstrations, Films ScreeningsKids Events, and Live Music & Arts. It’s also home to 70+ stalls. The ticketed Kitchen Stage is next door at Indus Restaurant.

Special Events and Masterclasses take place at various venues across Ubud. Check the individual event pages for the locations.

The 1, 2, and 3-Day FoodLover Passes are the best way to experience the signature dishes of Michelin-starred chefs and Indonesia’s best.

Browse the full lineup, feast your eyes on the Special Events, see what’s cooking on the Kitchen Stage, and then pick up your FoodLover Pass

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