IN­DONE­SIA SHINES BRIGHT AT Ubud Food Fes­ti­val 2017

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For three days in May, the usu­ally tran­quil Ubud was lively with more than 9,000 ea­ger food en­thu­si­asts vis­it­ing the Ubud Food Fes­ti­val (UFF) 2017. While the crowd and the line-up came from dif­fer­ent cities and dif­fer­ent coun­tries, the highlight of the event was still the progress of In­done­sian cui­sine in the in­ter­na­tional spot­light. With more than 100 speak­ers and 100 events set against the pic­turesque Cam­puhan Ridge, Ubud Food Fes­ti­val 2017 proudly show­cased the in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity of In­done­sia's cuisines, out­stand­ing In­done­sian chefs and en­trepreneurs and the bright fu­ture of the na­tion's culi­nary in­dus­try. Teater Ku­liner, the all-in­done­sian free cook­ing demon­stra­tion stage that will be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture at UFF, was a success where In­done­sian heroes and ris­ing stars de­liv­ered their con­tem­po­rary takes on pop­u­lar clas­sic dishes. Fer­nando Sindu de­lighted fans with lon­tong sayur, Sisca Soe­wit­omo made fish soup, and the most in­trigu­ing might have been Charles Toto, the Jun­gle Chef from Pa­pua, who chal­lenged the au­di­ence to try live sago worms for­aged from the Pa­puan highlands. The In­done­sian chefs also shone bright on the Kitchen Stage, with Petty Elliot en­tic­ing the sweet-toothed with her del­i­cate co­conut pud­ding, and self-taught TV su­per­cook Bara Pat­ti­rad­jawane whip­ping up the tra­di­tional Ja­vanese cake wingko ba­bat.

“Food is like a lan­guage,” UFF Founder and Direc­tor Janet De­neefe said. “It's how we ex­press our­selves. For three days at Ubud Food Fes­ti­val, thou­sands of peo­ple spoke the same lan­guage. We shared all that is mean­ing­ful and won­der­ful about In­done­sia, which the world is fi­nally wak­ing up to.”

Sisca Soe­wit­omo

Teater Ku­liner with Chef Putu

Patty Elliot

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