Indonesia’s leading food event, Ubud Food Festival (UFF) is returning for its 2018 edition on 13 – 14 April. This is the fourth iteration of the festival which highlights Indonesia’s food culture and promises three packed days of talks, workshops, cooking demonstrations, live performances and food tours.

“After three years of celebrating Indonesia’s culinary heritage and food heroes and connecting them with the region’s best, it’s clear we’re playing a vital role in putting Indonesia on the world food map,” said Janet DeNeefe, UFF’s founder and director.

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Right most: Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe. Image Credit: Anggara Mahendra.

This year’s festival is themed after ‘Generasi Inovasi’ — or Innovative Generation – inspired by the young and tech-savvy population that’s spearheading the country’s boom in the innovation economy. Indeed, the World Economic Forum noted that the sprawling archipelago alone has over 150 million mobile subscribers and 80 million internet users.

“In 2018 we’re shining a spotlight on the future of Indonesia’s food industry, from social media sensations to environmental solutions, successful startups to socially responsible enterprises. Whether emerging or established, we’re raising the voices of those at the vanguard of Indonesian food innovation,” said DeNeefe.

Ubud Food Festival
Right: Helianti Hilman, founder of Javara. Image Credit: Wira Sathya Darmaja

Last year’s festival was themed after Indonesia’s rich food heritage and drew over 9,000 visitors over three days. It featured over 100 chefs, restaurateurs and leading industry figures from Julien Royer of two-Michelin-starred Odette to Helianti Hilman, founder of Javara.

The full program will be unveiled in mid-February but if social media were to be of any hint, topics that will be discussed in forums could include female chefs (“What kind of challenges do female chefs face in a male-dominated industry?”) and food writing (“What does one need to become a food writer who stands out from the rest?”)

For more information, head to www.ubudfoodfestival.com.

Banner image credit: Anggara Mahendra.

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