Ubud Food Festival Set to Make Indonesia’s Culinary Identity Known

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UBUD, Bali (BPN) – Over 100 chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, and food writers from across Indonesia and 20 other countries are about to descend on Ubud Food Festival 2019 (UFF) from 26-28 April. In its fifth year UFF will be generously seasoned with the theme Spice Up the World. As Indonesian cuisine’s status on the world food stage rises, and the nation itself emerges as a culinary tourism hotspot, the Festival will explore the best ways to make Indonesia’s culinary identity known.

The UFF menu features 36 cooking demonstrations across two stages, 23 special events at Ubud’s top-rated venues, 15 masterclasses led by industry leaders, and 23 discussions tackling topics ranging from Bali’s waste reduction efforts to reality TV cooking shows to the future of food.

“At the fifth UFF food lovers can explore a feast of regional Indonesian cuisines that you’d
rarely find in restaurants overseas. “From Acehnese, Balinese, Batak and Betawi, to Moluccan, Sumbanese and Papuan – the diversity at UFF19 is testament to this nation’s astonishing yet under-appreciated culinary identity,” said Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe.

Home to high-energy demos and fiery competitions, the Kitchen Stage is set to welcome a
quintet of chefs fresh from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Luca Fantin of Tokyo’s il Ristorante Luca Fantin (no. 18), Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn of Bangkok’s Le Du (no. 20), Jordy Navarra of Manila’s Toyo Eatery (no. 43), Darren Teoh of Kuala Lumpur’s Dewakan (no. 46), and Jimmy Lim of Taiwan’s JL Studio (One to Watch Award) will share signature dishes with enthusiastic foodies.

At Best of Bali 2.0, six chefs from some of the island’s most vaunted will go shoulder-to-shoulder to serve the best of the island’s produce. UFF also presents unrivaled opportunities to explore contemporary Indonesian cuisine.

“Alongside these unique regional cuisines, contemporary creations prepared by our most
outstanding chefs will show that this identity deserves to be better known. I can’t wait to
welcome you all to UFF19 as we spice up the world with Indonesian food,” concluded
DeNeefe.

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