Ubud Food Festival 2018 Looks To The Future With ‘Generasi Inovasi’

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For the fourth year in a row, the Ubud Food Festival 2018 is celebrating the rich tapestry of Indonesian cuisine and the country’s thriving culinary industry. This year, the Festival spotlight is on those who are bringing the industry into a new paradigm with the theme ‘Generasi Inovasi’ (Innovation Generation).

Ubud Food Festival 2018

For three exciting days, 13-15 April 2018, Indonesia’s most outstanding chefs, producers, restaurateurs, ‘foodpreneurs’, food photographers and storytellers will converge in Bali for this highly anticipated, food-filled festival. As always, Indonesian food is the star, but whilst in 2017 the theme ‘Every flavour is a story’ brought an appreciation for culinary heritage and history, this year the festival looks to the future.

Indonesia’s culinary landscape has expanded beyond expectation; what started as a simple love for eating with friends and family has become a booming behemoth. Fanatic food photographers to cutting edge chefs are changing the scene as we know it. But where is it all going? Will Indonesia’s culinary heritage get left behind in a wake of fervent innovation, as avant-garde individuals strive to be ‘the first’ to do ‘this’ or ‘that’? Or will innovation lift the very core of Indonesian food and cooking to new, international heights?

Ubud Food Festival 2018

Through the lens of the 2018 theme ‘Generasi Inovasi’, Ubud Food Festival 2018 will shed light on all that is new. Discussions of new technologies, environmental solutions, and social media will all be explored.

Best representing this year’s theme are guest presenters David Christian, Co-founder of Evoware, producing food packaging from biodegradable, chemical-free farmed seaweed; Tissa Aunilla of Pipiltin Cocoa; Thor Yumna of TaniHub, an agricultural app empowering farmers, Helianti Hilman, Founder of JAVARA Indonesia, and Steven Kim, Founder of Qraved, Indonesia’s most popular food app.

Of course, the festival will welcome a huge range of celebrated speakers, such as Indonesian-born Rydo Anton, Head Chef of Gaggan in Bangkok, the first restaurant to maintain the top spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list three years in a row. Rydo will be joined by other international chefs, such as Korean Chef Sun Kim from Michelin-starred Meta in Singapore; Chef Rishi Naleendra, who is the first Sri Lankan to receive Michelin status for his Singapore restaurant Cheek by Jowl; Australian Chef Sam Aisbett of Michelin-starred Whitegrass, and Chef Jun Lee of Soigné in Seoul, which received one Michelin star in 2016 and 2017.


As ever, Ubud Food Festival 2018 will put the best of Bali on the table. Among them are Tri Sutrisna, Manager of Wanaprasta, coffee aficionados I Kadek Edi and Wayan Arca, Pengalaman Rasa’s Gede and Ayu Gayatri Kresna, KAUM’s Wayan Kresnayasa, proud Balinese farmer Kadek Suardika, Nusantara by Locavore’s Putu Sumarjana, the Street Food Chef Will Meyrick, and Mejakawi by KU DE TA’s Benjamin Cross and Stephen Moore.

Full line up now available online, with cooking demos, masterclasses, special events, film screenings, markets and much more! Find all the info at

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