Category: Food for Thought

More than just three days of eating your way across the archipelago, the Ubud Food Festival is an opportunity for producers and consumers to come together to share stories, swap ideas, and unite in supporting the vibrant and sustainable future of the culinary industry. Get ready for some food for thought.


Food for Thought: Spice Up the World

26 Apr 2019 09:30 /

“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 favorites, and through this, learn …

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Food for Thought: Turning the Tide on Plastic Waste

26 Apr 2019 11:00 /

With the plastic bags ban Bali is beginning to turn the tide on its plastic waste problem. Have you seen the container systems at the front of the Festival Hub …

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Food for Thought: Spices for Change

26 Apr 2019 12:30 /

Cengkeh Afo and Gamalama Spices is a community-based tourism project on a hillside clove plantation in Ternate, North Maluku. Join its Founder Kris Syamsudin and his team for inspiring insights …

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Food for Thought: Reality Bites

26 Apr 2019 14:00 /

From Iron Chef to MasterChef, The Great British Bake Off to Cake Boss, reality TV cooking competitions never seem to go stale. But what really goes on in the studio …

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Food for Thought: Stories from Behind the Pass 3.0

26 Apr 2019 15:30 /

Stories from Behind the Pass is back for the third year running! It’s the Food for Thought session for chefs to share the highs and lows of kitchen life, their …

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Quick Bites: Slow Food

26 Apr 2019 16:40 /

Since it was founded in 1989, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries. They work to prevent the disappearance of local …

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Quick Bites: POD Chocolate

26 Apr 2019 17:10 /

In Bali POD Chocolate has become synonymous with high quality, locally produced chocolate. A resident for nearly 20 years, Toby Garritt established the company in 2012 with the goal of …

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Food for Thought: Waste Not Want Not

27 Apr 2019 09:30 /

Indonesia is the world’s second largest food waster, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. Despite this, 19.4 million Indonesians are still unable to meet their daily dietary needs. What are …

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Food for Thought: Telling It Straight

27 Apr 2019 11:00 /

While restaurant reviews and chef profiles have their place, food writers also play an important role in raising awareness of issues that are more difficult to digest. Join our panel …

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Food for Thought: The Changing Nature of Eating

27 Apr 2019 12:30 /

Some of the world’s most respected restaurants offer up to 15 variations of each dish to cater for the ever-expanding list of dietary requirements. Is eating becoming too restricted, or …

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Food for Thought: Putting Indonesia on the World Food Map

27 Apr 2019 14:00 /

A new generation of Indonesian chefs is working hard to put Indonesian cuisine and its culinary scene on the world food map. From celebrating regional recipes in Bali to contemporary …

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Food for Thought: Future Foods

27 Apr 2019 15:30 /

In 2018 the plant-based Beyond Burger made it onto millions of supermarket shelves and fast food menus, while crickets were named ‘the next big food source’ by Forbes. (Have you …

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Quick Bites: Fermented Foods of Nusantara

27 Apr 2019 16:40 /

The culinary world can’t get enough of Indonesia’s tempe, the fermented superfood that’s been a staple here for more than a century. But what other fermented delights does the archipelago …

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Quick Bites: Forgotten Fruits

27 Apr 2019 17:10 /

Many of Bali’s Indigenous fruits are disappearing as trees are felled to make way for development. But some, like the boni berry, are appearing on high end menus and competition …

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Quick Bites: Urban Farming

27 Apr 2019 17:40 /

Named Most Innovative Young Chef 2018 by Elite Magazine, Deepanker Khosla is the creator of Thailand’s first urban farm restaurant, Haoma. As urban populations explode, hear from this champion of …

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Food for Thought: Future Farmers

28 Apr 2019 09:30 /

Their motto is “No Farmers, No Food, No Future”. With 70% of Indonesia’s working farmers over 45-years-old, the agricultural industry is facing an aging crisis. Meet the young Indonesians working …

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Food for Thought: Murdijati Gardjito, Empowering Indonesian Produce

28 Apr 2019 11:00 /

Murdijati Gardjito is the recipient of the UFF19 Lifetime Achievement Award. She has written more than 60 books about Indonesian culinary culture, and the preservation, management, and empowerment of local …

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Food for Thought: Sail the Spice Islands

28 Apr 2019 12:30 /

From andaliman in North Sumatra to nutmeg in the Maluku Islands, it’s no secret that spices have played a storied role in Indonesia’s history and rich cultural tapestry. These spice …

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Food for Thought: The Dark Side

28 Apr 2019 14:00 /

Anthony Bourdain’s death sent shockwaves through the global culinary community last year, prompting chefs to speak up about mental health and depression in the profession. How can they cope with …

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Food for Thought: Sekala Niskala in the Kitchen

28 Apr 2019 15:30 /

In traditional Balinese homes the kitchen is separate from the main house, and if not, it must be at a higher level. For Balinese the kitchen is sacred, and dishes …

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