Ubud Food Festival 2023: Bali’s famous food festival returns

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The Ubud Food Festival 2023 is back, one of the most exciting culinary events in Southeast Asia. From 30 June to 2 July 2023, the celebrated festival will bring more than 40 local and international chefs in a series of performances, lectures, lectures and culinary experiences.

The theme of the festival is soil (“Tanah”), as a source of life and food, this year’s speakers will delve into the significance of this vital natural resource that sustains our lives. “The soil always provides and this year we want to honor its fundamental importance. The earth is a wise and spiritual mother that we often forget and while she continues to feed us, she also needs to be protected,” says festival Founder and director, Janet DeNeefe.

From Michelin-starred chefs to Asia’s and World’s 50 Best, the chefs participating in this year’s Ubud Food Festival are highly decorated. During the three-day festival they will appear at special and in-house luncheons, food tasting and cooking demonstrations, masterclasses and food talks; bringing their particular experience with them, whether it is fusion cuisine or ecological food products. Below we share some of the highlights of the Ubud Food Festival 2023.

Ubud Food Festival 2023 program

John Sign

As a chef, Johanne Siy is originally from the Philippines and has built an international career, having worked in the United States and several Scandinavian countries. She was nominated by Asia’s 50 Best as the best female chef. She currently works as the head chef for Lolla Singapore, offering Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian twist.

Gabriel Castagnetti

Gabriele has worked as a food scientist for the past 20 years in Europe and Asia. His projects mainly aim to create healthy and delicious food and at the same time solve environmental problems such as deforestation and climate change by focusing on plant-based foods. He founded the ice cream brand Nth Wonder, a vegan ice cream that uses kenari nuts from the rainforest as the main ingredient.

Little Elliott

Petty Elliott is an Indonesian chef, food critic and cookbook author originally from North Sulawesi. She is best known for her innovative and appetizing fusions, crosses between spicy Manadonese cuisine and Western foods, such as Manadonese risotto, or slow-braised chicken with young nutmeg and clove leaves, bread dumplings, creamed onions, nuts and grapes.

LG Han

Singaporean chef LG Han is the founder of Labyrinth restaurant, which offers contemporary Singaporean cuisine tinged with nostalgia. The foods offered at Labyrinth, which has been recognized by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, are inspired by the kind of flavors he grew up with.

Hans Christian
Chef Hans Christian is the face of August Jakarta, a fine-dining restaurant that was recently named “The One to Watch” by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. He runs the restaurant together with Budi Cahyadi from West Nusa Tenggara. The restaurant serves Indonesian food from different regions such as Andaliman spiced octopus from North Sumatra using French cooking techniques

The ‘UFF’ experience

What can you expect from the three days of festival? What is there to do, see and experience?

The festival features inspiring panel discussions, engaging masterclasses, workshops, food tours, long table lunches, dinners, jungle foraging and cocktail parties. At night you can relax in the Festival hub while experiencing Bali’s best pop-up food stalls, film screenings, live music and DJs. Here is a breakdown of all the different ones

Culinary theatre: A live cooking stage celebrating Indonesian cuisine, featuring the most talented chefs in the archipelago. An opportunity to watch and learn directly from them and, of course, taste their creations firsthand.

Food for thought: Where all the important food conversations take place! A learning and deepening phase in which producers and consumers come together to share the latest news in terms of culinary innovation for sustainable agriculture.

Special events: From long-table lunches to unexpected chef collaborations, these are UFF’s must-have dining experiences with Southeast Asia’s leading chefs in some of Bali’s favorite restaurants and kitchens.

Movies and Music: At sunset, the festival hub ‘Taman Kuliner’ becomes a place to eat, drink, sing, watch and have fun.

To find out more about the programme, line up, special events and tickets go to www.ubudfoodfestival.com or follow them @ubudfoodfest on Instagram.

NOW Bali editorial team

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