NOW! Bali Editor Joins The Ubud Food Festival 2018

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The Ubud Food Festival returns this 13-15 April 2018 for three days of cooking, talks, shows, demos, dinners, films and more, exploring food through this year’s theme, “Generasi Innovasi”, or Innovation Generation. One of the speakers this year will be NOW! Bali’s own Editor, Namhar Hernanto.

Namhar Hernanto

Namhar Hernanto

With Bali’s food and beverage scene growing at an exponential rate in both quantity and quality, Namhar Hernanto has a lot on his plate. New venues open up on a weekly basis, offering new twists on old classics, a brand new health and diet fad, expertise in cocktails, back to the roots dishes, avant-garde cooking techniques – you name it, Bali probably has it! Sifting out what’s hot and what’s not is no easy task and it takes years of watching the island’s restaurant trends to fish out the spots worth writing about.

Bali's Startup Stars

Bali’s Startup Stars

Namhar is a Jakarta boy at heart and therefore recognises that when it comes to Indonesian cuisine, it’s the streets that offer authenticity and experience! So from prowling through Denpasar markets and street stalls on his spare time to enjoying the finer bites of life through his work, food is one thing this writer knows.

It’s for this reason The Ubud Food Festival invites Namhar to join a special panel this year, Clickbait vs the Art of Transcribing Taste. The panel, which falls under the festival’s ‘Food for Thought’ events, explores the state of food writing in today’s digital age. With reviews now being reduced to lists – “5 Best Places To Eat …” or “10 Restaurants in Bali with Seaside Views” – is the art of food writing slowly disappearing? It takes time and expertise to write up an in-depth food review, but the need for quick information and pretty pictures is slowly drowning out professional voices and opinions.

Clickbait vs The Art of Transcribing Taste

Clickbait vs The Art of Transcribing Taste

Namhar, along with 4 notable Southeast Asian food writers and critics, will debate the future of food writing and food in the media, serving up fresh insights into the battle between clickbait and the art of transcribing taste. Listen in on their discussion at 12.30pm, 13th of April 2018.

The Food for Thought event series takes place at the Joglo, Festival Hub at Taman Kuliner and is a free event. The Ubud Food Festival has a range of events through the 3 days, including masterclasses, private dinners, food tours, kitchen demos and more.

Get yourself 20% off a 1, 2 or 3 Day FoodLover Pass, a discount available for NOW! Bali readers. Simply enter the promo code MPNB at check out.

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