Founded in 2015, the Ubud Food Festival Presented by ABC is three days of cross-cultural culinary discovery with Indonesian food as the star. In its five years it has grown into Indonesia’s leading culinary event. Showcasing the nation’s diverse cuisines, extraordinary local produce, and culinary heroes both emerging and established, UFF celebrates the archipelago’s rich culinary heritage and the exciting future of its food industry.
Ubud Food Festival 2019 will be explored through the theme Spice Up the World.
The playful and invigorating theme will explore the most effective ways to make the food of Southeast Asia’s most populous nation ‘go global’. From spotlighting international best practice and individual success stories, to championing local heroes elevating Indonesian food to new heights, to breaking down boundaries to foreign exposure, UFF19 will serve up a feast of ideas to spice up the world with Indonesian food.
“Since our inaugural year, sharing Indonesia’s extraordinary cuisines and fascinating culinary cultures has been at the heart of the Ubud Food Festival,” commented UFF Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe. “We know Indonesian food isn’t as well-known overseas as the cuisines of its Southeast Asian cousins, but this won’t be for long! The ‘epicurious’ with adventurous palates are starting to be enticed by the strong aromas, captivating cross-cultural histories, and fiery flavors.
“This is why, for our fifth year, 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. Food is, after all, the easiest way to access a culture,” DeNeefe continued.
From cooking demonstrations, special events and food tours to masterclasses, in-depth discussions and film screenings, the Festival reflects every budget and taste.
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.