Founded in 2015, Ubud Food Festival is a three-day cross-cultural culinary adventure with Indonesian food as the star. Showcasing Indonesia’s diverse cuisine, innovative chefs and extraordinary local produce have been at the heart of every UFF. Each year, the Festival welcomes audiences and chefs from near and far to learn about Indonesia through its cuisine. In 2022, UFF will build on the Heroes theme initially intended for the postponed 2020 festival.
With the theme Heroes, the nation’s leading food event returns to honor those young and old, who continue to play a significant role in nourishing Indonesia’s gastronomic world, as well as, international chefs and food aficionados who are devoted to preserving their food traditions and sharing their stories. The Festival will explore how the diversity of the world’s fourth most populous nation plays a vital role in its culinary delights.
Through special events and cooking demos, food tours and talks, workshops and masterclasses, music and performance, films and markets, the three-day cross-cultural culinary adventure will introduce audiences to flavors far beyond rendang, sate, gado gado, and nasi goreng.
“With the theme Heroes, we want you to meet the unsung heroes of Indonesian food, the mothers and fathers who cook their age-old family recipes at home. We want to celebrate their immense contribution to creating the flavors we all love. But we also want to pay homage to our young Covid-heroes, our food and agropreneurs who have created new careers and brought impressive innovation into the culinary arena,” said UFF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe.
Spotlighting the archipelago’s culinary culture has been at the heart of every Festival, and now so more than ever. “Since our inaugural event, the Festival has presented Indonesia’s complex and diverse cuisines to food lovers around the world,” continued DeNeefe. “For our sixth year, we want to celebrate the people behind the unique flavors and evolving stories of Indonesia’s culinary landscape.”
Ubud Food Festival is a major annual project of the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, with a vision of enriching the lives of Indonesians through community-building and cultural programs. It is the sibling event of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Bali Emerging Voices Program.