Heroes is the theme of this year’s Ubud Food Festival, just one reason why you should visit Bali in April More than 100 chefs, restaurateurs, and others will will share recipes and cooking tips. Plus: other April events, hotel suggestions, and the weather!
Ubud Food Festival – 17 to 19 April 2020
More than 100 food industry professionals from across Indonesia and around the world will travel to Bali to take part in the sixth annual Ubud Food Festival.
Chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, farmers, food writers, scientists, and activists will conduct cooking demonstrations and workshops, giving festival goers the chance to perfect their culinary skills.
There will be a variety of special events during the three-day festival.
The programme will include food forums, food tours, coffee workshops, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, food talks, workshops, masterclasses, and live performance.
Free events will include visits to night markets and live music after dark.
Participants will learn that there is far more to Indonesia than rendang, sate, gado gado, and nasi goreng!
This Year’s Theme: Heroes
The sixth annual Ubud Food Festival will celebrate the unsung heroes of Indonesia’s culinary landscape.
That is to say, the mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers that put food on their families’ plates.
Taking place from 17 to 19 April, the festival will explore the role Indonesians play in world gastronomy.
“Since our inaugural event, the Festival has introduced Indonesia’s complex and diverse cuisines to food lovers across the globe,” says UFF Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe.
“For our sixth year, we want to recognize and celebrate the people behind the extraordinary flavours and evolving stories of Indonesia’s culinary landscape.
“With the theme Heroes, we want you to meet the unsung heroes of Indonesian food, the mothers and fath
Some of the culinary events are held at the festival hub at Taman Kuliner. Other events are held at restaurants and cafes across Ubud, which is known as the cultural heart of the Island of the Gods.
It will be interesting to see how many people attend this year. The popular Indonesian food festival is arguably the most important food festival in Southeast Asia.
Ubud Food Festival Highlights
The Ubud Food Festivals kicks off with a Gala Opening at Rondji Restaurant.
Dicky Senda, a food activist from West Timor, demonstrates how to prepare smoked pork mollo style.
A chef at B. Saya Restaurant in Ubud demonstrates how to prepare essential Balinese dishes in a Master Class. The restaurant serves Western, Indonesian, and Balinese dishes.
Avid foodie at Bali food festival takes photos of a chef demonstrating how to prepare Balinese food.
Festival attendee takes notes during a demonstration of how to prepare Indonesian food.
Avid Instagrammers take food shots before diving into a mouthwatering dessert.
Go Food Zona Kuliner offers a chance to sample food and interact with other foodies at the best food festival in Indonesia.
Food stalls in the Go Food Zona Kuliner offer foodies the chance to sample mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine and Balinese cuisine.
Charging stations are strategically located at the food festival venue, offering festival-goes a convenient way of staying connected.
Live entertainment takes places at venues around Ubud the popular Balinese food festival.
Food for thought: what’s the point of traveling if you order the same dishes you customarily eat at home?
Taman Kuliner – Jalan Raya Sanggingan No.88, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Recommended Hotels in Ubub
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Other Events in Bali in April 2020
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Tumpek Krulut – 4 April 2020
Tumpek Krulut, also known as Compassion Day, is an event that is celebrated after every 210 days on the island. The event’s name says it all.
As a day when locals express their gratitude for life and life’s blessings, it is easy to understand why this day is considered to be a very sacred day for the Balinese.
In addition to showing gratitude, locals are also expected to show compassion to one another and, in particular, to be charitable to the less fortunate in society.
For foreigners, this is the perfect platform to get a feel of what Balinese lifestyle is all about as well as the daily activities that the locals are engaged in. In previous years, Tumpek Krulut has brought together tourists, the local community and religious leaders. In doing so, Bali prides itself as being culturally diverse.
Foreigners on the island can be part of these celebrations by stepping out on the scheduled Saturday to uphold the values that Balinese celebrate. Make an offering to someone less fortunate, or donate to a charity. Your contribution will be appreciated.
Purnama Kedasa – 7 April 2020
Purnama Kedasa is a Balinese celebration which is held following the appearance of the full moon. It is an elaborate affair for the locals with thousands coming outside to pay their respects.
The appearance of the full moon marks a special day for various traditional festivities. This is evident with the resplendent ceremonies at the island’s innumerable Hindu Temples. The reason for this is that locals believe this is the day that God comes down on earth in order to bless its inhabitants.
Good Friday is a public holiday throughout Indonesia, where about 10% of the population is Christian.
Most events are held in churches and private homes as well as at hotels and resorts,
Easter Sunday – 12 April 2020
Easter Sunday will occur on 4 April in 2021.
Isra Miraj – 22 March 2020
The Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad is a major holiday throughout Indonesia, which is a predominately Muslim country. Also known as Isra Mi’raj, it falls on the 27th day of Rajab, which is the seventh month in the Islamic Calendar.
Isra Miraj will occur on 11 March in 2021.
World Puppetry Festival – 13 to 19 April 2020
Held in downtown Gianyar, the Gianyar Art & Cultural Festival showcases the traditional arts of the regency, with an eye to promoting it as a tourist attraction.
Voting Day – 17 April 2020
A national holiday, 17 April gives Indonesians a chance to vote in national elections.
Tumpek Wayang – 20 April 2019
Tumpek Wayang is one of six auspicious days on the Balinese Pawukon cycle, which lasts 210 days. These special days usually fall on a Saturday.
On this day, puppeteers say prayers to their puppets in order to honour the Lord Iswara.
It is considered very unlucky for babies to be born on Tumpek Wayang because it will be prone to illness and injury.
When a baby is born on this day, a special ceremony is performed to purify it and protect it from harm. This ceremony requires the use of a specific set of puppets,
The holiday will occur again on 16 November 2019, 13 June 2020, and 9 January 2021.
Kartini Day – 21 April 2020
Kartini Day is an Indonesian holiday. It commemorates the birth of Ajeng Kartini, a national heroine who fought on behalf of women’s rights.
Tulamben Festival – 24 to 26 April 2020
Traditional boat races and fishing competitions are highlights of the Tulamben Festival.
Other festival highlights include exhibitions of Balinese handicrafts and a cultural parade.
The purpose of the festival is to promote tourism and the development of a more creative economy.
In addition to striking scenery and yummy food, the area is famous for the wreckage of of USAT Liberty, a United States Army cargo ship torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942.
The Tulamben Festival takes place on Tulamben Beach in East Bali.
Semarapura Festival Klungkung – 28 April to 2 May 2019
A cultural carnival, Semarapura Festival showcases traditional arts in order to promote tourism in Kabupaten Klungkung. Events include cultural performances, art, culinary competitions, and small business exhibitions.
Weather in Bali in April
April is one of the hottest months of the year in Bali. The average temperature this month is 27° degrees Celsius, or 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
The average low is 22 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average high is 32 degrees Celsius, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Regarding rainfall, April is much drier than March. There is only about one-third as much rain in April as March, and sunny days are much more likely.
Keep in mind, however, that rainy days are possible any month of the year in the tropics.
Is April a Good Month to Visit Bali?
Weather is one of the issues to take into consideration when planning a visit to Bali.
However, school holidays is another key consideration because many families plan their vacations around school holidays, which increases demand for hotel rooms during holiday periods.
Australia is one of the key sources of Balinese visitation, and many leisure travelers like to visit Bali during the autumn break, which usually takes place in mid- the late April.
- Queensland and Victoria will be taking their autumn break from 6 to 22 April.
- The Northern Territory will be taking the country’s shortest autumn break, from 13 to 22 April.
- The Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia will be taking their autumn breaks from 13 to 28 April.
- New South Wales will take a slightly longer break, from 13 to 28 April.
As a result of these school breaks, demand for rooms at hotels and resorts in Bali will be high, and discounts might be harder to come by than usual.