The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) is pleased to announce the launch of the first-ever BHA Sustainable Food Festival – a food festival with a sustainable and eco-friendly concept, which will take place from 27 September to 16 October at 30 participating members hotels.

Through this festival, participating BHA members have the opportunity to showcase their innovative efforts in adopting sustainability principles in their business activities. In addition to the single-use plastic waste reduction program that is already well underway, participating member hotels are now challenged to prepare a two-course lunch menu with a maximum price of IDR 200,000 net per person, and a three-course dinner menu with a maximum price of IDR 350,000 net per person.

To be displayed, these menus must meet the following main sustainability criteria:
• Food ingredients using 100% products from Indonesia
• Use a minimum of 75% organically grown products
• Respect fair trade principles, e.g. women-led companies
• All seafood products have sustainability certificates and free-range certified poultry products (free-roaming, not caged)

The festival also aims to reduce waste output to near zero, by encouraging hotels to undertake waste reduction activities such as composting and waste separation to facilitate recycling efforts. This initiative is intended to set benchmarks for the future that can be applied across all operational areas beyond the festival period.

“It is very encouraging to see our member hotels participate in this festival so that they can share best practices in implementing the sustainable principles that they have implemented so far. The tourism sector will recover and start again in a new, more sustainable way. We hope that this initiative will raise public awareness and demonstrate the range of actions that have been taken to adapt and evolve during these most challenging times,” said Jean Helière, Chair of the BHA.

“Last year, we launched our social media campaign ‘Bali A New Kind Of Adventure’, a series of 6 inspiring short videos showcasing Bali under the new health protocols and encouraging guests to travel responsibly. This upcoming food festival, carrying the message of responsible travel, encourages our members and hotel guests to contribute to reducing food waste through sustainability practices,” added Jean Helière.

“We are very happy to see the enthusiasm and participation of our members to showcase the best of Bali. Many suppliers have taken their commitment to quality and sustainability to the next level and are able to compete with international standards. We invite guests to come, enjoy and discover new flavors of Bali during the festival period,” said Kevin Girard, Environment Director of BHA.

The Sustainable Food Festival will start on September 27, 2021, coincide with World Tourism Day and in accordance with this year’s theme, “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”. World Tourism Day is a global day of remembrance that raises awareness of the social, cultural, political, and economic value of tourism and the contribution the sector can make to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s theme is the Sustainable Food Festival which celebrates the ability to drive inclusive development and generate new opportunities through local supply chains. “This is our opportunity to look beyond tourism statistics and recognize that, behind every number, there is someone,” added Kevin Girard.

The festival will conclude on October 16, 2021, to coincide with World Food Day, which marks a concerted effort to reduce hunger and ensure the availability of healthy food for everyone. Participating hotels will make important statements to remind us that although food is a source of pleasure and entertainment, by shifting our focus towards mindful eating, where we are fully aware of the food we eat, we can reduce the amount of food wasted and provide a positive impact on those who are hungry.

The festival is open to everyone – you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the festival at a participating hotel. We encourage all festival-goers to use the Peduli Lindungi app and follow all applicable health and safety protocols. Advance reservations are highly recommended to confirm space availability, as well as ensure the correct amount of food production to avoid wastage.

To book please kindly visit www.balihotelsassociation.com and go to the Sustainable Food Festival section for a list of participating hotels and their respective menus, and how to place an order.