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Ubud Food Festival 2018: A fiesta of Indonesia’s legendary flavors

Staff Writer |
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.

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The Ubud Food Festival 2018 will be held on April 13th to 15th 2018 on Taman Kuliner or The Culinary Park, Sanggingan Raya Street, Ubud in the beautiful island of Bali.

This year, the Festival spotlight is on those who are bringing the industry into a new paradigm with the theme ‘Generasi Inovasi’ (Innovation Generation).

For three exciting days Indonesia’s most outstanding chefs, producers, restaurateurs, ‘foodpreneurs’, food photographers and storytellers will converge in Bali for this highly anticipated, food-filled festival.

The festival will feature cooking demonstrations, culinary master classes, and food tours, in-depth discussions, film screenings, and various special events.

The festival will also pay tribute to the culinary icons who have paved the way and created a legacy for today's generation, while also celebrating Indonesia's diverse heritage and culture with pride.

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.

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.

Some of the renowned chefs and culinary icons of the country will also showcase their exceptional talents.

These includes: pastry queen Chef Kim Pangestu of Kimmy Patisserie and Nomz Kitchen & Pastry, Gloria Susindra of Mother Monster, Hans Christian, the Chef de Cuisine of View Restaurant by Fairmont Jakarta, MasterChef Indonesia judge Rinrin Marinka, and Chef Andrian Ishak, whose Namaaz Dining has been described as Indonesia's first molecular gastronomy restaurant.

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