Foodies rejoice: Ubud Food Festival line-up revealed

INDONESIA’S most anticipated food festival has just released its full line-up and it’s a real tantalizing treat for foodies everywhere.

Ubud Food Festival is spectacularly cooking its way into the fourth year and the festival is set to be more delicious, inspiring and flavorful than ever before.

Ubud is known as the cultural and culinary capital of Indonesia, so where better to showcase dishes from one of Southeast Asia’s most gastronomically revered nations?

This year’s festival theme is Generasi Inovasi, which focuses on young Indonesians who are tech-savvy and driving not only the nation’s booming innovation economy but also transforming the entire spectrum of the nation’s food industry.

Ubud Food Festival will showcase nearly 100 chefs, restauranteurs, farmers, social entrepreneurs and foodie innovators who are shaping and developing Indonesia’s makan scene and also introducing exciting ways of eating and exploring food across the globe.

Across the three-day event in April, foodies will be able to delve into Indonesia’s diverse cuisines and learn about the vibrant home-grown produce found across the paradise archipelago.

So, who’s coming to town?

This year, the festival will be welcoming a variety of Asia’s best-loved, inspirational chefs who will be showcasing their culinary magic, running workshops and engaging an intrigued audience with Q&A sessions.

While all the professionals showcasing at the event have something special to get you excited, there are a few highly distinguished chefs that will be sure to get your mouth watering and your tummy rumbling.

Among the esteemed culinary experts popping in to inspire your palate is Rydo Anton, Head Chef at Bangkok’s double-Michelin starred restaurant, Gaggan. Holding the top spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for three years running and coming in at an impressive seventh in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Anton will be teaming up with local heroes Locavore to create a serious foodie event. It’s not to be missed.

Guests can also catch Singapore’s Meta restaurant chef Sun Kim cooking up a storm alongside other chefs such as Australia’s Sam Aisbett, Sri Lanka’s Rishi Naleendra, and South Korea’s Jun Lee, all of whom received Michelin stars for their pioneering cooking style and fantastic flavors.

Indonesia’s resident chefs will also be serving up devilishly good dishes to showcase Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

Pastry queen Chef Kim Pangestu of Kimmy Patisserie and Nomz Kitchen & Pastry will be creating the perfect bites to satisfy your sweet tooth.

MasterChef Indonesia judge Rinrin Marinka and Chef Andrian Ishak, whose Namaaz Dining has been described as Indonesia’s first molecular gastronomy restaurant, will be joined by culinary storyteller Ade Putri Paramadita and respected food writer Jed Doble.

“We’re so excited to bring together almost 100 speakers to dish up our fourth Ubud Food Festival,” commented festival founder and director Janet DeNeefe.

“From the Balinese farmers to the app designers, the social entrepreneurs to the world-class chefs, they all show the reason why the world should be paying attention to Indonesia’s incredible creativity and ingenuity, and of course its fantastic food. We look forward to learning from these rising stars and culinary heroes with you in April, and feasting together too!”

However, this is only a small selection of the talented culinary geniuses that you can see, meet and learn from at the festival. Check out the website for full details, tickets and a spectacular programme, sure to get you wishing every day was the Ubud Food Festival.