Bali Food Festival – Why You Should Visit Ubud in April

Special event, Lunch with the Queen of Indonesian Cuisine will take place at The View Restaurant, Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa, during the Bali Ubud Food Festival. Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra.

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Spice Up the World 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 – 26 to 28 April

Return of the Jungle Chef, Charles Toto,shows off his culinary skills at a invigorating cooking demonstration at Teatro Kulinar. Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

More than 100 food industry professionals from across Indonesia and around the world will travel to Bali to take part in the fifth 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, including food forums, food tours, coffee workshops, film screenings – the list goes on.

Free events will include visits to night markets and live music after dark.

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.

More than 12,000 foodies took part in last year’s festival, an increase of 30% over the year before.

It will be interesting to see how many people attend this year. The popular Indonesia  food festival is arguably the most important food festival in Southeast Asia.

Ubud Food Festival Highlights

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

The Ubud Food Festivals kicks off with a Gala Opening at Rondji Restaurant.

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Photo Credit: Vifick Bolang and Ubud Festival.

Dicky Senda, a food activist from West Timor,  demonstrates how to prepare smoked pork mollo style.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Bali Food Festival.

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.

Photo Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja and Bali Food Festival.

Avid foodie at Bali food festival takes photos of a chef demonstrating how to prepare Balinese food.

Photo Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja and Ubud Food Festival.

Festival attendee takes notes during a demonstration of how to prepare  Indonesian food.

Photo Credit: Wirasathya Darmaja and Ubud Food Festival.

Avid Instagrammers take food shots before diving into a mouthwatering dessert.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

Go Food Zona Kuliner offers a chance to sample food and interact with other foodies at the best food festival in Indonesia.

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Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

Food stalls in the Go Food Zona Kuliner offer foodies the chance to sample mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine and Balinese cuisine.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud Food Festival.

Charging stations are strategically located at the food festival venue, offering festival-goes a convenient way of staying connected.

Photo Credit: Matt Oldfield and Ubud Food Festival..

Live entertainment takes places at venues around Ubud the popular Balinese food festival.

Photo Credit: Anggara Mahendra and Ubud 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

There are numerous hotels, resorts, hostels, guest houses, and home stays in Ubud.

If you want to attend the Bali Food Festival, please click HERE for recommended hotels.

Isra Miraj – 3 April

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.

Gianyar Art & Cultural Festival – 10 to 19 April

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

A national holiday, 17 April gives Indonesians a chance to vote in national elections.

Good Friday – 19 April

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,

Tumpek Wayang – 20 April

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.

Semarapura Festival Klungkung – 28 April to 2 May

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.


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