Foodies rejoice: Ubud Food Festival line up revealed

Posted by - February 16, 2018

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 a 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?
Ready to chow down at Singapore’s Michelin Guide Street Food Festival? 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“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!”
Game of cones: Kuala Lumpur’s best ice cream and desserts 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.
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Some of Bali’s best New Year’s Eve spots, away from the volcano

Posted by - December 19, 2017

BALI is certainly feeling the effects of the Mount Agung eruption in more than just darkened skies and trickling lava. The paradise island is also seeing a decline in Christmas tourism, with only 25 percent of rooms being filled up compared to an average of 80 percent this same period last year.
Responding to the dismal dip in arrivals, island officials and governor Made Mangku Pastika are insisting the destination remains safe to travelers, with only an 8km-radius around the volcano remaining closed as the new year approaches.
This leaves at least 5,772 square kilometers of unaffected space, and more than enough room for visitors to have plenty of festive fun as they bid goodbye to 2017.
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Bali is party central and a popular tourist pick for New Year celebrations; it’s an island of culture, incredible sunset locations, gorgeous villas for the both the budget and luxe traveler and golden sands just begging to be danced on until sunrise.
So if you’ve decided to buck the trend and head over for New Year’s, usher in 2018 from one of these few party spots:
Bali’s Governor insists the island is safe Puputan Badung Square in Denpasar A post shared by NAK BALI Ne (@nakbaline) on Sep 20, 2016 at 6:08pm PDT
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Balinese culture, this is probably the best place to celebrate the New Year.
Located near Bali’s biggest market, Pasar Badung, in the heart of Denpasar city, here you’ll get to join the locals for their customary New Year countdown, which will culminate in a dazzling display of fireworks, and plenty of singing and dancing.
This spot can get crowded though, so we suggest you head down early to catch the colorful parade of local religious leaders and school children.
Parties, parties, parties Bali has some very talented musicians coming ashore this festive season to usher in the New Year with the funkiest beats and special guest treats.
Mulia Beach Resort will be welcoming British pop princess, Charli XCX, to give a special performance on New Year’s eve in the resort’s grand ballroom as the clock ticks down.
The resort in Nusa Dua, a popular enclave of high-end hotels and eateries, is also offering New Year’s accommodation packages, which include breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner for two.
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If you’re looking to party into the early hours of the morning safe in the knowledge that every DJ on the line-up is as legendary as the last, then head to Finns Beach Club in Canggu where you can boogie to the jazziest sounds from Australian duo, Flight Facilities, German award-winning Dj Claptone and Ozzy singer, Hayden James.
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Mother Nature reminds us of her supreme power in Bali Perfect for couples and families A post shared by BALI TRIP Explore Bali Beyond (@balicili) on Dec 15, 2017 at 2:40am PST
For those looking for a quieter New Year’s with close friends and family, Bali has the perfect place for you to sit back, relax and count down to 2018 as calmly as you wish your year ahead to be.
Away from the oftentimes chaotic and messy gatherings in Kuta and Denpasar, Jimbaran Beach is a wonderful spot for couples looking to enjoy a delightful dinner and share a kiss as fireworks light the sky for the new year.
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Another beach certain to make your Balinese New Year’s Eve a night to remember is the Canggu Echo Beach on the Western coast.
Known for its idyllic surf conditions in the day and stunning 180-degree sunset-scapes in the evening, here you and your family can enjoy the freshest seafood and admire the pyrotechnic displays happening across the island.
So where will you welcome 2018?
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