The 6th Ubud Food Festival will be held across venues around the Ubud area from 24th-26th June. The organizers of the Ubud Food Festival have announced the lineup for the 3-day event. The festival is returning to Bali after a 2-year break due to the pandemic. With two years to plan and prepare, organizers are confident that this year will be the best year yet.
The founder of Ubud Food Festival, Janet DeNeefe told the press ‘We are very happy to be able to welcome more chefs and culinary figures in Ubud, including Nyesha Arrington, Diana Beltran, and Tamara Chevez along with Indonesian chefs and culinary figures Fernando Sindu, Pande Egi, Vivilya Millian and many more’. The festival lineup includes over 70 events from panels to workshops, from tastings to cooking demonstrations.
Ubud is often considered the culinary capital of Bali. The city is overflowing with ultra-trendy cafes and restaurants serving world-class menus for reasonable prices. Ubud Food Festival is a platform to celebrate and showcase Bali’s exceptional food culture and draw a spotlight on Indonesia’s unique culinary heritage.
The Ubud Food Festival returning to Bali is one of many annual events relaunching in 2022 after a 2-year delay due to the pandemic. The Bali Film Festival opened this week in Ubud and the world-famous, month-long Bali Arts Festival opens on 12th June and runs until 10th July.
The festival offers a range of different programs and ticketing options. There are day passes, and multi-day passes, and premium workshops and events are ticketed individually so that festival-goers mix and match their experience based on their budget to ensure everyone feels that they are getting value for money.
Every niche of the culinary world is covered, from fermentation specialists to avid forgers, from delicacies to everyday one-pot wonders. The wisdom and stories shared at the Ubud Food Festival have been life-changing for many who attend. The organizers aim for everyone to leave with a renewed sense of curiosity and inspiration for their food.
One of the lineup’s biggest names is Chef Nyesha Arrington from Los Angeles. She is a multi-award-winning chef who has appeared as both a contestant and judge on some of America’s biggest cooking TV shows, including Top Chef and Chef Hunter. She will be running lunch and workshop for the Ubud Food Festival at Five Elements Retreat on Saturday 25th from 12 pm until 2.30 pm. The 4-course vegetation menu will focus on farm-fresh ingredients and include meals that ‘hug the soul’.
Day passes offer festival attendees access to a jam-packed schedule of food-inspired events across three days. The day passes offer access to the Food For Thought Stage, Culinary Theatre, Live Music and Arts Stage, and film screening sessions.
Sessions that are celebrating Bali’s world-renowned food culture include ‘Arak Attack’ which will be held on the afternoon of day two of the festival. The session will explore the resurgence of Bali’s homemade alcoholic spirit.
While the festival is a light-hearted celebration of food culture, there are some sessions that are diving into more serious topics. There are sessions focusing on the future of farming in Bali in light of climate change. On the third day, there is a panel discussion hosted by Gede Kresna on the fight for food sovereignty in Indonesia. Gede Kresna is one of Bali food culture’s most important voices, he documents traditional agricultural and food systems through indigenous wisdom and stories of food.
The Ubud Food Festival is a non-stop celebration of food and there will be an overwhelming amount of opportunities for festival-goers to indulge in culinary delights from vendors across the festival site. The festival is operating a cashless system so festival attendees must pre-load their wristbands with spending money when they arrive at the venue. Tickets are available from the Ubud Food Festival website.
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