Today the first-ever Ubud Food Festival officially opens its doors to foodies from across Indonesia and the globe, with over 70 events taking place in Bali’s culinary capital over the next three days (5-7 June).

With the program spanning cooking demonstrations, food forums, workshops and masterclasses, food tours, film screenings, night markets, book launches and more, the focus is on Indonesian food, and its place in the region’s culinary map.

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Culinary icon and champion of Indonesian cuisine Sri Owen – who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at Ubud Food Festival’s Gala Opening last night – will be appearing in a free in-conversation at Taman Baca (10:00am) with much-loved personality Bondan Winarno.

Meaty topics covered at the Food Forums include an 11:00am exploration of street food and its place in the cultural landscape with Will Meyrick, Bayu Amus, Bara Pattiradjawane and Wanderbites, followed by a session on Bali’s Rice Crisis (hosted by Slow Food Bali) at 1:00pm. The day is rounded off by Food as Medicine at 4:00pm, which will dish up a menu of old-meets-new Balinese foods that revive and restore.

Janet DeNeefeUbud Food Festival founder, Janet DeNeefe

Over at the Cooking Demonstrations – the heart and soul of the Festival program – you can witness one-hour displays of a chef’s technical prowess and culinary passion, with appearances by Bara Pattiradjawane, Chris Salans, Made Lugra, Kevindra Prianto Soemantri and Eelke Plasmeijer. Tickets start at only 60,000Rp for these sessions.

If you prefer something more decadent, head to Discoveries in the Room 4 Dessert Kitchen – with sweets maestro Will Goldfarb. This starts at 2:00pm, and only goes till 3:00pm – giving you plenty of time to head to Taman Baca for the free Ubud Food Festival Pasar Malam. Indulge in culinary delights from Indonesia and beyond, all under a starry night sky. Browse the stalls, drink in the tunes and other distractions, soak up the vibe, and leave totally satisfied.

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On the bill for this evening is an Indofood Food Forum exploring the History of Indonesian Cuisine, followed by music from Unb’rocken Band, a film screening of Tabula Rasa, and Joged Dancing.

Selamat makan! See you at the Festival… and there’s plenty more to look forward to at day two and three, June 6 and 7.

For tickets and info head to www.ubudfoodfestival.com