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2019 Ubud Food Festival in Bali aims to encourage cross-cultural exchange

THE JAKARTA POST  Sun, February 24, 2019

Essential Balinese dishes are among the Masterclass programs at the 2018 Ubud Food Festival (UFF). (Ubud Food Festival /Anggara Mahendra)

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The 2019 Ubud Food Festival (UFF) presented by food company ABC will be held on April 26-28 in Ubud, Bali.

Themed “Spice up the World”, this year’s event is said to feature collaborations among local food heroes and chefs from across the globe, aiming to encourage cross-cultural exchanges and forge new professional pathways.

UFF founder and director Janet DeNeefe said in a press release, “We chose them to show food lovers across the globe that it’s time to add some Indonesian dishes to their list of favorites and, through this, learn something about Indonesia.”

“Food is, after all, the easiest way to access a culture,” she added.

Among the special events, visitors to the fifth installment of UFF can see a collaboration between Potato Head Beach Club; Kaum Global executive chef Wayan Kresna Yasa; Thitid Tassanakajohn, popularly known as Chef Ton, a chef and owner of Bangkok’s one Michelin-star restaurant Ledu; and Judy Joo, Korean-American chef and TV personality.

Similar to previous years, the annual culinary event will return with some of its popular programs, such as Long Table Lunch and Teater Kuliner (Culinary Theater).

This time around, the Long Table Lunch will feature Kris Syamsudi, founder of eco-tourism initiative Cengkeh Afo and Gamalama Spices in Ternate, North Maluku. Along with DeNeefe, Kris will present traditional Ternate dishes slow-cooked in bamboo.

Meanwhile, Jakarta-based chef Ragil Imam Wibowo is set to return to free-cooking stage Teater Kuliner and will share two Acehnese dishes containing over 20 spices. Ragil will be accompanied by the Aceh Culinary Festival representatives, who will present the region’s specialties, kopi tarik, which literally means pulled coffee, and martabak (omelette pancake).

“The culinary collaborations between international and Indonesian chefs at Ubud’s top restaurants and resorts will strengthen cross-cultural exchanges and professional opportunities. From Aceh to Ternate, we’ll have more regional Indonesian cuisine on the table than ever before,” said DeNeefe. (jes/wng)

From: THE JAKARTA POST (Indonesia) February 24, 2019

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