Taste Bali’s Distinct Fermented Beverages at the Ubud Food Festival 2024

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Get ready for a gastronomic adventure as the Ubud Food Festival 2024 returns from May 31 to June 2, 2024! Celebrating its 6th year, this vibrant festival promises a diverse program featuring the best culinary talents from Indonesia, top chefs from across Asia, and even Michelin star awardees.

One of the festival's highlights is the Food Market, where you can immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Indonesian cuisine and discover an array of unique, locally crafted fermented beverages. Curious about what's on offer? Here’s a tantalizing preview:

1. Hatten Wines

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Experience the legacy of Hatten Wines, Bali's pioneering wine company founded by Ida Bagus Rai Budarsa in 1994. The Gus Rai family has been fermenting beverages since 1968, starting with arak and Balinese rice wine. When Gus Rai ventured into winemaking, he introduced a single rosé made from the heritage Balinese grape variety, Alphonse Lavallée, aiming to elevate local wine onto the global stage.

Today, Hatten Wines offers 10 distinct varieties crafted from both heritage and international grapes grown in North Bali’s vineyards. Prices range from IDR 180,000 to IDR 350,000, making it a must-try for wine enthusiasts.

2. Iceland Vodka

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Iceland Vodka, produced in Bali, stands out for its unique taste and quality. Made from the finest Balinese grains and pure natural spring water, this vodka undergoes a meticulous triple distillation process, including a final charcoal filtration to ensure unparalleled purity.

Despite being a local product, Iceland Vodka meets international standards, offering a smooth and clear taste. Available in various sizes (250 ml, 350 ml, 500 ml, and 700 ml), prices start at IDR 69,000 for 250 ml, IDR 89,000 for 350 ml, and IDR 129,000 for 500 ml.

3. Club Soda

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Indulge in the refreshing flavors of Club Soda, a creation by renowned chefs Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah. This fermented drink boasts fruit-infused varieties, including tonic and seltzer, as well as unique cocktails made from fermented ingredients like nutmeg, banana, and rice. Don’t miss their creative twists on classic drinks, such as the Nee-groni mixed with homemade Campari.

4. Singaraja

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Singaraja beer, another gem from Bali, is specially crafted to offer a stable and pure taste, making it a favorite low-carb option among beer lovers.

In addition to these exquisite fermented drinks, the Ubud Food Festival Food Market is brimming with local foods and a myriad of exciting events. Join Food Tours, Painting Workshops, Culinary Theater, Sustainability Forums, and more. Plus, meet the Festival Ambassador and the first Miss Indonesia from Bali, Miss Universe Indonesia 2022, Laksmi DeNeefe Suardana.

For complete information and ticket prices for each program, visit ubudfoodfestival.com.

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