Program Category: Food & Ubud Culture

More than just books, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is an opportunity to be immersed in Balinese and Indonesian culture, history and heritage. Whether it’s learning the language of spices or trying your hand at batik painting, enrich your understanding of the archipelago with our Cultural Workshops and Kitchen program.


Cultural Workshop: Market Tour and Cooking Class

For traveling foodies and curious cooks, discovering local produce at traditional markets is an essential holiday ingredient. With the Casa Luna Cooking School team, learn about Balinese cuisine’s colorful array …

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Cultural Workshop: Bahasa Breakfast

Kick-start your Festival day with traditional Balinese treats and coffee, while learning the basics of Bahasa Indonesia with the bubbly team from Cinta Bahasa. Learn key greetings, the dos and …

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Cultural Workshop: Basa Bali Breakfast

Kick-start your Festival day with Balinese treats and coffee, while learning the basics of Basa Bali with the team from Cinta Bahasa. Learn key greetings, the dos and don’ts, as …

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The Kitchen: Fine-tune the Fundamentals

26 Oct 2018 09:30 /

From dicing an onion to filleting fish, cooking is a lot easier – and much more enjoyable – when you really know what you’re doing. If you’d like to sharpen …

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Cultural Workshop: Batik Painting

Iconic for both its artistry and long history, Indonesia’s batik is designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Whether printing with a cap or …

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The Kitchen: Indonesian Raw with Arif Springs

26 Oct 2018 11:00 /

Indonesian cuisine bursts with rich flavors, with many dishes containing a generous amount of oil. But not all Indonesian fare should be off-putting for the health conscious! Raw food expert …

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The Kitchen: East meets West

26 Oct 2018 12:30 /

Bumbu is the blend of spices and other ingredients forming the foundation of countless Indonesian dishes. From ginger, turmeric and galangal to coriander seeds and kaffir lime leaves, variations are …

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The Kitchen: What’s hiding in your food?

26 Oct 2018 14:00 /

Do you know what’s really in your food? Join naturopath Lola Taylor in this engaging, informative and practical workshop in which she’ll reveal the effects processed foods and additives can …

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The Kitchen: Charcuterie at Home with Matt McCool

26 Oct 2018 15:30 /

Up in the jungles north of Ubud, Chef Matt McCool toils away in the kitchens of Capella whipping up almost everything from scratch – including their tempting charcuterie selection and …

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Cultural Workshop: Herb Walk

Bali is abundant with edible leaves, and many of them have health-giving properties. This workshop will introduce you to the wealth of natural remedies growing wild around Ubud. Guides Lilir …

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The Kitchen: Tempe with a Twist

27 Oct 2018 09:30 /

Do you think you know all there is to know about Indonesia’s soybean superfood? Join Ubud’s Tempe Champion Benny Santoso to delve deeper into ‘Indonesia’s gift to the world’, and …

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The Kitchen: Arielle’s Cake Creations

27 Oct 2018 11:00 /

Young entrepreneur Arielle Chenarra launched Thyme & Caramel, a gluten-free, organic and vegan cakery selling special occasion cakes, when she was just 13-years-old. Join Arielle as she shares her most …

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Cultural Workshop: Gaya Gayo

Discover body percussion in this interactive workshop introducing the traditional Saman dance of the Gayo people of Aceh. Dancers clap their hands, slap their chests, thighs and the ground, click …

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The Kitchen: Modernizing Indonesian Cuisine

27 Oct 2018 12:30 /

At Merah Putih and Sangsaka, Chefs Kieran and Maxie are always on the hunt for ways to modernize Indonesian cuisine, whether it’s interpreting a classic dish or innovating with lesser …

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Cultural Workshop: Blue is the Universe

Join Balinese contemporary artist and creator of the UWRF18 artwork Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) on a journey into the blue universe of cyanotype printing. Using plants and objects distinct to …

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The Kitchen: Ayam Betutu with Janet DeNeefe

27 Oct 2018 14:00 /

Babi guling may be the king of Bali’s traditional dishes, but ayam betutu is swiftly becoming a rival. Utilizing local spices, gingers, nuts and seeds, join our Founder and Director …

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Cultural Workshop: Culinary Jalan-Jalan

Join our intrepid food guides on a walking tour to the home of Ubud’s iconic suckling pig, Ibu Oka’s. After a caffeine hit, meet Pak Rimpin, the master of bebek …

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The Kitchen: Coffee Conversation

28 Oct 2018 10:00 /

Indonesian single-origin beans have joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted coffee, and a new publication is here to celebrate. Singalong explores Indonesia’s coffee scene; from people to politics, …

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Cultural Workshop: The Language of Offerings

With their intricately woven leaves and pretty collection of petals, you’ve no doubt admired the Balinese Hindu offerings, called canang sari, adorning homes, streets and temples. Now you can discover …

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