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Ubud Food Festival - A Food Lover's Delight

The Ubud Food Festival is an annual three-day celebration of Indonesia’s culinary identity. The festival’s mission is to promote the food culture of Indonesia and to support community groups and local producers through an atmosphere of meaningful collaboration. It aims to create opportunities for aspiring Indonesian chefs. The Ubud Food Festival provides a platform for the country’s most spectacular chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, activists, food photographers etc to celebrate the nation’s gastronomic scene and diverse cuisines. It is one of the most anticipated events on Indonesia’s cultural calendar and sees the participation of more than 12,000 food-lovers each year. The wide variety of events hosted in this food festival cater to the interests of a diverse set of audiences.

Ubud Food Festival
Ubud Food Festival
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Ubud Food Festival - Dates & Venue 

The Ubud Food Festival usually takes place in April each year. The Ubud Food Festival takes place over several different venues and restaurants all around Ubud. However, the main hub of this premier event is at Taman Kuliner, on the Raya Sanggingan Road. This festival hub is very close to the city’s centre and you can easily find a taxi to take you there. Alternatively, there is a free shuttle service that runs every 15 mins from major spots in the city.

Ticket Price & Details 

You’ll have to purchase the Food Lover's Pass to gain access to the cooking demos and culinary competitions. There are 1-Day, 2-Day and 3-Day passes available. Apart from this pass, there are additional tickets available for special events, master classes and Kitchen Stage. They can be purchased separately. The ticket prices vary depending on the event. The pass for the special opening night party is priced at IDR 500,000. The passes for the various other events and workshops start at IDR 250,000. Apart from ticketed events, there are a bunch of free events as well, such as live music and the night markets.
The events of the Ubud Food Festival start at around 9:30 AM and go on till 9 in the night. Live music and night markets can stretch on for several hours after.

What to Expect at the Ubud Food Festival

Hundreds of chefs, farmers, food writers and entrepreneurs from Indonesia and several other countries come together to participate in the Ubud Food Festival. The wide array of events include cooking demonstrations, food tours, masterclasses and discussions. Kitchen Stage is the event where you can get up close and personal with any of the renowned chefs while they teach you a special recipe. The master classes are targeted at prospective professionals. The culinary competitions such as the annual Sambal Smackdown, the Battle of the Babi and the Salted Egg Showdown form the highlight of this food-focused festival. Some special events are also hosted exclusively for kids. In addition to all the exciting events, there are organic markets set up. The island’s best producers showcase their freshest items. Several side events like film screenings, yoga, food photography workshops are also hosted. The events at the Ubud Food Festival are bound to cater to a wide range of audiences.

Opening Night Party - The Highlight of the Festival 

Indonesian food and cuisine
Indonesian food and cuisine
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The special opening night party is another highlight of the Ubud Food Festival. The event includes whole live entertainment, food and cocktails. There are samples from the finest eateries in the city. It is also the perfect chance to meet the participating chefs and restaurateurs in person before the three-day festival kicks off.

History of the Ubud Food Festival

Cooking class at Ubud Food Festival
Cooking class at Ubud Food Festival
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Bali’s foremost food festival was founded in 2015 by the not-for-profit organisation, Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. Their aim was to promote the Indonesian culture while creating new pathways to support creative talent. The interesting culinary festival usually has an underlying theme that inspires all of its events. The theme of the 2019 edition of the Ubud Food Festival was ‘Spice Up the World’. The 2018 Edition successfully pulled off the theme: Generasi Inovasi - Celebrating the New Generation.

You can expect to find a wide range of activities to participate in. The Ubud Food Festival is the perfect opportunity to truly discover the wealth and diversity of Indonesian cuisine. This culinary event is sure to make you add a bunch of Indonesian dishes to your list of favourites. It is a must-visit for food lovers all over the world. Apart from all the interesting culinary events, you can expect to find organic markets, film screening, yoga sessions, live music and much more.

This post was published by Ruthvi Reddy


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