Category Archives: Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Indonesian chefs, local produce and the vibrant future of Indonesia’s food industry in the spotlight at UFF17

From the moment the gates opened to the final mouthful, the third Ubud Food Festival (UFF) was enjoyed by more than 9,000 hungry foodies from 12–14 May. Its colorful multi-venue space played host to more than 100 events set against the backdrop of Ubud’s iconic Campuhan Ridge. The incredible diversity of Indonesia’s cuisines, outstanding Indonesian chefs and entrepreneurs, and the bright future of the nation’s culinary industry took center stage – a testament to Indonesia’s rising culinary status which has been championed by the Ubud Food Festival over the past three years. At the Festival Hub and in venues around Ubud ... [ Read More ]

May 10, 2017

The Ubud Food Festival is almost upon us! More than 100 chefs, culinary heroes and key industry players will descend on Bali’s culinary capital this 12–1 4 May for the third Ubud Food Festival. With three days of high-energy cooking demonstrations, exceptional dining experiences in Ubud’s most spectacular surrounds curated by award-winning chefs, in-depth food forums, masterclasses and food tours, and a cornucopia of cuisines from across the archipelago and beyond, UFF has grown into Southeast Asia’s leading culinary event. Headlining this year’s international guests are Chele Gonzalez of Gallery VASK – the Philippines’ only entrant on Asia’s 50 Best ... [ Read More ]

Black Rice

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most nutritious superfoods. For our final column in the lead-up to the Ubud Food Festival, we spoke to Ibu Helianti about black rice. Ibu Helianti is the Founder of Javara, which works with over 52,000 farmers across Indonesia selling over 700 artisanal organic products. She has been recognized among Indonesia’s top social entrepreneurs both regionally and internationally, and she really knows her black rice!   Ibu Helianti, what are the nutritional benefits of black rice? Indonesian black rice, also known as purple rice, is one of many rice varieties that have become ... [ Read More ]

Coconut as Superfood

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most nutritious superfoods. Last month we spoke to tempeh expert Professor Winarno about the nutritious, versatile Indonesian staple, and this month we’re cracking open the coconut craze with Indonesia’s Ambassador to the World Food Travel Association, Ibu Amanda Katili Niode from Gorontalo, Sulawesi.   Ibu Amanda, what are the nutritional benefits of coconut? What makes it a superfood? Coconut (Cocos nucifera) is high in energy, fibers, vitamins (C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6), and minerals (copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc). It contains lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid that ... [ Read More ]

Tempe – a Superfood

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most powerful superfoods. Tempe (spelled without the ‘h’ in Indonesian), one of its staples, has often been hailed as ‘Indonesia’s gift to the world’ – starring in gourmet burgers and salads from Melbourne to Manhattan. The archipelago is also blessed with a basketful of other miracle crops, such as cassava, coconut and jackfruit. In the lead up to UFF17, we’ll explore Indonesian superfoods which have not only fuelled the nation for centuries, but which also have a very bright future in the global market. To launch the series we sat down over ... [ Read More ]

January 18, 2017

UFF17 welcomes the famed ‘Spice Sisters’, a Papuan jungle chef, the world’s foremost tempeh expert and the husband and wife duo behind Bangkok’s Bo.lan Returning for its third year this 12–14 May, the Ubud Food Festival (UFF) announced today a sneak peek of Indonesian and international chefs ahead of its full program launch in March, which will be infused with this year’s theme ‘Every flavor is a story’. As Indonesia’s leading food festival, UFF brings together the archipelago’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, producers, professional food enthusiasts and food lovers for a three-day culinary adventure with Indonesian food as the star. ... [ Read More ]

Inspired lists: A guide in hard times by Shelley Kenigsberg

It’s the ‘holiday’ season soon, when many of us are keen (and able) to take a break from the year’s work, projects. We’re ready to recover from the fallout of the year’s challenges: reports of war or natural disasters or crazy political fights or monstrous events worldwide. Yet, in the holiday lead up, we’re besieged again. This time, it’s lists: the 100 best books of the year; the 20 best albums; 2016’s 25 best blogs; the 10 best Xmas dessert recipes and, in an attempt to eschew ‘regular’ numbers, the 12 most covetable gifts of 2016 or—fill in the blanks. ... [ Read More ]

Considering The Memoir

Considering The Memoir Reckoning: A Memoir- Magda Szubanski ‘A brave and tender book about everything that matters most in life.’ Cate Blanchett By Uma Anyar   Magda Szubanski, the much loved and admired Australian actress and comedian, was one of the headline speakers at the 2016 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The spacious Neka Gallery venue was already packed with curious and supportive fans when I arrived a few minutes after the introductions. It was standing room only but no one complained as we all wanted to hear Magda talk about her memoir, Reckoning. The line between an autobiography and a ... [ Read More ]

A Conversation with ISWADI PRATAMA By Sarita Newson

Iswadi Pratama, the well-known Indonesian dramatist, director, and founder of Teater Satu, a theatre cooperative based in Lampung, Sumatra, is one of Indonesia’s foremost poets. His theatre troupe Teater Satu has been lauded as Indonesia’s best by Tempo magazine. Sarita Newson [SN]: Iswadi, you have brought your troupe several times to perform at the Ubud Writers Festival and in 2016 we were honored by your presence again. You spoke on a panel, and also ran a workshop at the Fringe Festival for local youth. Can you tell us a little about the Workshop that you conducted at the recent festival? Iswadi Pratama [IP]: The ... [ Read More ]

Lucky 13: Empathy, Forgiveness, and Compassion By Renee Thorpe

“This year, our festival becomes a teenager.” UWRF Director Janet deNeefe’s proclamation to the opening day crowd came with the knowing smile of experience.  In the lively days that followed, the 13th annual gathering was a youthful pastiche of hope and outrage, high emotions and energy, and thirst for information.  There were free performances, sold-out workshops, sumptuous foodie events, and exciting literary experiences for children.  We had conversations – on foot, during bicycling, or under a joglo roof; there were new books and new names, all of it giving the four days a back-to-school buzz. Tat tvam asi was the Sanskrit theme, colorfully emblazoned ... [ Read More ]