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The annual culinary event the Ubud Food Festival (UFF) that was scheduled for April 17 – 19, has been postponed to June 26 – 28 due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

“The safety and health of festival-goers, speakers, vendors, staff, volunteers and people of Ubud is our top priority,” said organizer Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday.

The foundation said it did not have the capacity to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in such a large festival gathering. “With travelers now being advised not to travel to Bali, this is also jeopardizing the festival’s sustainability,” it added.

Ubud Food Festival

Meanwhile UFF founder and director Janet DeNeefe in the statement praised participating chefs and speakers for their overwhelming support and assistance over the decision. “We’ll continue to follow the news surrounding this topic to ensure we present a safe and fun festival.”

A new program and full lineup are set to be announced soon, said the organizer. Ticket holders will also be given the option of refunds or keeping the sum as a deposit for the UFF in June. 

Established in 2015, the UFF consistently promotes Indonesia’s diverse cuisine during its three-day cross-cultural culinary event with the help of inspiring chefs and local produce. 

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Source: Jakarta Post

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