As many as 40 food booths joined Nusantara Food and Culinary Festival on Tuesday (12/08) at Boulevard UGM. The culinary festival was a traditional food festival that came from various areas in Indonesia such as 'Kerak Telur' from Betawi, 'Nasi Jinggo' from Bali, and 'Ikan Roa' from Manado. Since being opened at 09.00 hours, the festival was crowded by the students and public visitors.
Besides food festival, there were also competitions and talkshow related to food and traditional culinary that involved participants from Yogyakarta women's groups. The talkshow that took place in University Club UGM delivered some research result related to local food resources. This event was held to add public knowledge about local food potential so that it could be developed, decreasing the dependence of Indonesian for imported foods. Meanwhile, the culinary competition showcased creations of traditional food for family using local food products.
This event is part of 66th Anniversary of UGM. Besides introducing various traditional delicacy, it brought up the issue of food sovereignty. This goes along with UGM’s mission on its 66th anniversary which is to empower all local food potential so that it could contribute to nation’s welfare.