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: Tempe Tango with Benny Santoso

27 Oct 2017 09:30 /

Benny Santoso is a spirited young foodpreneur who loves experimenting with the tasty Indonesian superfood tempe. In this hands-on workshop he’ll explore the history of tempe and introduce various varieties …

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Cultural Workshop: Batik Painting

From Italy to Japan, Switzerland to Singapore, the work of renowned local batik artist I Nyoman Suradnya has been exhibited extensively since 1975. In comprehensive workshop, Nyoman will share the …

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The Kitchen: Food as Medicine

27 Oct 2017 11:00 /

Bali’s bounty of natural remedies is renowned. In this hands-on cooking class with UWRF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe, discover how to unlock the medicinal properties of turmeric, ginger, galangal, …

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The Kitchen: Sensory Challenge

27 Oct 2017 12:30 /

Do you know your fenugreek from your fennel and your ajwain from your aniseed? Put your herb and spice skills to the test with Diana von Cranach’s Sensory Challenge – …

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The Kitchen: Food Memories from The Heart of Timor

27 Oct 2017 14:00 /

Author and food activist Dicky Senda will summon childhood food memories from his home in Taiftob Village in the highlands of Mollo, known as ‘The Heart of Timor’. Serving up …

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The Kitchen: Rahung Nasution’s Na Tinombur

27 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Batak cuisine of North Sumatra is bursting with bold and complex flavors, and often features unusual ingredients and cooking methods. Food activist and documentary filmmaker Rahung Nasution is one of …

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Cultural Workshop: Early Morning Yoga

Prepare mind, body and spirit for a full day of the Festival ahead. Embrace your morning cobra pose overlooking Campuhan Ridge with our free weekend yoga sessions. Don’t forget to …

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The Kitchen: RISE UP Gluten Free Baking

28 Oct 2017 09:30 /

Discover the secrets of baking delicious gluten free goods with Mary Jane Edleson of Slow Food Bali. With years of research into the art and science of gluten free baking, …

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Cultural Workshop: Collagraphy

Do you get a buzz from trying your hand at new craft techniques? How about collagraphy? It’s a printmaking process using various materials to create a textured collage, which then …

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The Kitchen: Healthy Eating for Midlife and Beyond

28 Oct 2017 11:00 /

Co-author of The Midlife Kitchen: Health Boosting Recipes for Midlife and Beyond, Sam Rice will be preparing tasty, healthy, and satisfying recipes from her new book (a recent Sunday Times …

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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 – canang sari – adorning homes, streets and temples. Now you can discover …

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The Kitchen: Bali’s King of Sate

28 Oct 2017 12:30 /

There are hundreds of varieties of sate across Indonesia, but Bali’s king of sate is sate lilit – lavishly spiced minced meat moulded around a stick of lemongrass. With Made …

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Cultural Workshop: Batik Jumputan

Unlike traditional batik – which reflects royal legacies and history – batik jumputan is a recent innovation. In Indonesian, ‘jumputan’ means ‘take a little bit’. Similar to tie dye or shibori, …

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The Kitchen: Bali’s Ceremonial Food

28 Oct 2017 14:00 /

Ubud culinary expert Gusti Nyoman Darta is a leading authority on Balinese culinary culture, in all its forms, flavors and ceremonial purposes. Join him for a session based on one …

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The Kitchen: Some Like it Hot

28 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Can you imagine Indonesia without sambal? Head chef of Nusantara by Locavore and master of Indonesia’s quintessential condiment, Putu is a proud advocate of localism, reinventing authentic dishes and playing …

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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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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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