Janet Deneefe


Food is the universal language that connects us all

with love & dedication

My Continuing Love affair with Bali

My name is Janet DeNeefe, an Australian who visited Bali in 1974. Mesmerized by the beauty and culture of the island, this first encounter was life-changing.

It was in Ubud in 1984 that I met my husband, Ketut, and thus began a lifelong journey into learning about this extraordinary culture and cuisine.

My life has been a colorful adventure of raising four wonderful children, including the reigning Miss Universe Indonesia 2022, and nurturing our businesses:


At our establishments, we delight in sharing the flavours of Balinese cuisine with visitors, spreading the joy of our culinary heritage far and wide.

I am a strong supporter of promoting education and building connections with the people of Indonesia.

As the founder and director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and the Ubud Food Festival, I have forged a strong bond with this enchanting land and its warm-hearted people.

I believe in the magic of cultural exchange, where stories and flavors serve as bridges that unite diverse worlds and bring hearts and minds together.

I invite you to help us write our next chapter by becoming a Friend of the Festival.

Bringing your favourite writers to the festival, sending visiting authors to local schools, developing our emerging writers’ program, and other initiatives which we are busily planning and hope to unveil soon.

Become a part of the special community who support our exciting and ambitious program and enjoy exclusive benefits.

Let me share a glimpse into the magic of our 2024 Festival together with our official ambassador and Bali’s first Puteri Indonesia and Miss Universe Indonesia 2022, Laksmi DeNeefe Suardana.

This year, the festival opened its doors at Taman Kuliner, offering free entry to all.