Here in Indonesia, food is more than just ingredients on a plate. The different cuisine found around the archipelago represents the country’s huge range of landscapes, cultures and history. Food therefore is a symbol of diversity, which Indonesia has in spades. This year, the Ubud Food Festival 2017 (UFF) will highlight that there’s more than just the taste on the tongue when it comes to food with this year’s theme “Every flavor is a story”.
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Over three days, 12-14 May 2017, the Ubud Food Festival will bring international and Indonesian chefs, restaurateurs, producers, food professionals, culinary icons and of course the every day food lover all together to celebrate the magic of food. From cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, cook offs and more, the festival helps everyone to further discover, learn and enjoy what happens in the kitchen. Through this year’s theme, it’s Indonesia’s culinary heritage that takes the limelight, as every ingredient, recipe and culinary tradition holds within it a unique story of its own – told through taste!
The festival’s cooking demonstrations are immensely popular, as favourite local and international chefs and celebrities show-off their skills at the Kitchen Stage. Watch as some go head-to-head, like the chilli connoisseurs in the Sambal Smackdown World Series or the masterful mixologists in Cocktail Shakedown. Learn from the ‘walking dictionary’ of Indonesian street food with Arie Parikesit, or learn the wonders of Modern Manadonese with Petty Elliot. Another highlight will be From Bangkok to Bali, with Bo.lan, one of Bangkok’s most respected restaurants run by Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones.
For those hoping to really enrich their knowledge and abilities in the culinary world, the festival offers Masterclasses. Have you ever considered the healing benefits of food? Well at Food is Medicine with festival founder Janet DeNeefe and naturopath Lola Taylor you’ll discover the medicinal powers of nutrition. Or perhaps, for the spice-lovers, join Michelin-starred Manjunath Mural and learn the methods of extracting max flavour from your favourite spices. Other events from food photography and writing, coffee cupping and chocolate tasting, ancient grain discoveries and more are available.
What’s a festival without some great community collaboration? The Think, Talk, Taste series brings producers and consumers together to engage in conversation on hot topics around food. From discussing Indonesia’s madly explosive food trends (Food Fad Frenzies), to empowering families to make better food choices (Generational Health), Indonesian tempe’s big future (Indonesia’s Gift to the World) and heroes of the ocean supporting the sustainable fishing industry (Our Future is at Sea). Important global and local topics, linked to food.
Really this is only a small taste, an amuse bouche, to what the festival offers food lovers. The Special Events offer a range of amazing meals, hosted by star chefs and Bali’s best restaurants. Think long-table luncheons, degustations and cocktail mastery. Ubud Food Festival also takes on Indonesia’s day and night markets with Pasar Senggol and Pasar Kuliner. Free events like those at Teater Kuliner, will celebrate Indonesia’s specialities with jamu, sambal, lawar and more taking centre stage. Not enough for you? Well how about free daily morning yoga, film screenings, children’s events, live music and an opening and closing party!
Whether you’re a food fanatic, kitchen enthusiast or just curious about cuisine, the Ubud Food Festival will certainly have something to tickle your taste buds. Join the whole festival for three-days, 1-day, or just the fringe and special events. Discover, learn and explore Indonesian food and flavours like never before this 12-14 May 2017.
Find their full line-up of speakers, chefs and guests, and the full schedule of events at www.ubudfoodfestival.com [Don’t forget: Get 20% off your Food Lovers Pass by entering the promo code MPNB at check out!]
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