Being a vegan is not just a choice of healthy lifestyle anymore. It has become a popular thing worldwide! If you are a vegan traveling the world, you would know how difficult finding a good vegan restaurant in a new area can be. During the 3-day Bali Vegan Festival, you will find not just one good vegan restaurant, but also several other vegan food markets around the Paradiso Ubud and soccer field area! The good food is just a start. This event offers you tons of other things to do such as workshops, talks, yoga, and live music. If you ask me, the best part is getting to enjoy all of this with other like-minded people! And did I mention that world-renowned activists also attend this annual vegan festival? Indeed they do!
Get all the vegan goodness! Meat free, dairy free, guilt free!
Since 2015, every year during the first week of October, Bali Vegan Festival celebrates vegan lifestyle in the heart of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. And the best way to celebrate that is through the goodness of healthy, tasty foods! Right next to Paradiso Ubud, you can find one of the leading vegan restaurants in Bali, Earth Cafe. It offers an extensive vegan menu, from raw food to local-style cuisine. All of the dishes are made from locally produced organic ingredients. And the price ranges from around 35,000 IDR (approximately 3 USD) to 100,000 IDR (approximately 7.5 USD). If you are not familiar with the vegan lingo on the menu, you can always ask the waiters.
The restaurant is divided into two areas. One is located on the same floor as Paradiso’s main entrance, right next to the raw bar where they display all the vegan desserts. Sit by the window to enjoy the sunshine as the afternoon comes.
And the other area is located upstairs, with more open space looking across Ubud’s terrain. During lunch hour, this place can get a little busy, so if you’re looking for a quiet sustenance time, it’s best to visit the place before 12:00 pm or after 2:00 pm.
For more options, head on to the soccer field which is around 10 minutes away on foot from the restaurant. During the festival, there are food markets with free entrance where several tents and food stalls are ready to spoil you with their best produce and products. Make sure you have some cash and change with you before you come here. Also, the weather can be unpredictable in Ubud. Since the food market is located at an open area, it’s best to prepare your attire for either sun or rain.
Join the talks and workshops given by world-renowned people!
For three whole days, there are plenty of talks, workshops, and other indoor activities you can join. They vary from cooking classes, talks with activists or successful vegan entrepreneurs, to movie screenings. To attend all of these with unlimited access, you need to get the unlimited pass. For the 2017 event, an unlimited pass cost 1,700,000 IDR (approximately 125 USD) per person, and a one-day pass cost 600,000 IDR (approximately 44 USD) per day per person. Prices may be different for next year’s event.
The event starts at 9:00 am and ends around 8:30 pm. And the activities are spread throughout the days at several venues around the area: Paradiso Ubud, Taksu Bali, and the Ubud soccer field. All of the venues can be reached on foot. Information regarding the schedule, venue, and changes can be retrieved at the information desk at Paradiso’s entrance. Or you can ask anyone with crew t-shirts posted to help you at every venue.
During the 2017 Bali Vegan Festival, the filmmaker of Cowspiracy and What the Health, Kip Andersen, was one of the key-note speakers. Besides him, James Aspey, Fullyraw Kristina, and Frank Ferrante were also on the exclusive list.
Full tummy, healthy body and soul!
Your tummy is not the only thing well fed during this Bali Vegan Festival. While your mind also gets the privilege from those insightful talks and workshops, your body gets the benefit from the yoga sessions. With the unlimited pass, you can join the exclusive yoga sessions at Taksu or Paradiso. However, free entrance to sessions are also available at the soccer field.
This event caters to your wellbeing preferences, whether you are still a beginner or already experienced in high-level yoga. All of the information for the sessions is available on the event’s website, brochures, and the information desk. Make sure you read them before you join any session. Each session goes for one hour. The venue is open fifteen minutes prior to the session and will be closed ten minutes into the session. So, be there on time!
The sessions with the unlimited pass are held in an indoor venue, and yoga mats are provided for you to use. Plus, you don’t need to bring any water because it is available at every venue. As for the free entrance sessions at the soccer field, you need to bring your own mat and other sustenance you may need.
Eat healthy food, join festive activities, and meet insightful people!
Bali Vegan Festival was first held in 2015. Since then, every year around the first week of October, the event has become the center of attention for vegans and health enthusiasts in Bali and surrounding areas. Most of the people attending Bali Vegan Festival are travelers who happen to be around or who visit Bali intentionally for this event. Either way, meeting them is a bonus after all the vegan foods you enjoy and experiences you gain from attending this event.
If you wish to bring home mementos, some workshops may hand you goodie bags for free. And other merchandise, such as bags, t-shirts, and hats, are also available for sale at Paradiso and the soccer field.
If you want to bring home more memories from valuable experiences, you can join the event as a volunteer crew. You get to assist the keynote speakers and meet them face to face. Plus, you get to enjoy the foods for free and be a part of the team. Visit the event’s website around two months prior to the event for volunteering info and I’ll see you there!
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