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Explore The Charms of Spices in Gastronomy at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta

Explore The Charms of Spices in Gastronomy at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta

FoodieS Team
04 August 2022


A 3-day event paying tribute to Indonesian spices and food culture through gastronomy and wellness programs in commemoration of the Indonesian Independence Day.


In celebration of the Indonesian Independence Day, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta in partnership with Javara Indonesia, presents Jelajah Rempah Nusantara, a three-day event that explores various sensory experiences in understanding the role of spices in culinary culture and wellness. Taking place from 19th to 21st August 2022 in the distinctive settings of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, Jelajah Rempah Nusantara will include a range of innovative programs, from thematic workshops, ancient wellness practices, and locally inspired culinary offerings, to film screenings and a curated weekend market. The event features an exclusive Borobudur Heritage Dinner: From Relief to Table, where history and gastronomy intertwine to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience, as one of the main highlight.

To commence the event, The Majapahit Lounge at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta will showcase a wide array Indonesian spices and herbs in a unique installation, ranging from endemic varieties to ones that were introduced to the archipelago during ancient trade, which visitors may explore for an immersive sensory experience. The lounge doubles up as a gathering space for those participating in the talkshow: Indonesia Spice Up the World.

Meanwhile at the same time, on Friday August 19th there will be a talkshow titled Talkshow Indonesia Spice Up the World: Best Practices & What’s Next. Indonesia Spice Up the World has become a national movement that attempts to promote Indonesia’s culinary culture at an international level. Inspired by the wealth of Indonesian spices and its importance during the ancient trade, this talkshow invites key personalities in the realm of Indonesian gastronomy and culture to share their ideas and actions in elevating Indonesia’s culinary reputation on a global scale.


Ancient Rice Workshop by Javara Indonesia
Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 10.00 – 12.00 | Majapahit Lounge

Indonesia was once home to over 7,000 varieties of rice, each with its unique characteristics, health benefits, and growing environment, yet most of which are forgotten and abandoned. Javara has been the pioneering enterprise that is committed to the mission of bringing back Indonesia’s heirloom rice to a broader market, both domestic and international market. Hosted by Helianti Hilman, founder of Javara Indonesia and multi-award-winning social entrepreneur, the Ancient Rice Workshop reveals the hidden values of the archipelago’s rice biodiversity. The participants will be guided to distinguish different types of heirloom rice, discover its history, and learn about its health benefits and modern-day applications. Rice-based canapés, drinks, and desserts will be served to complement the experience, prepared by Chef Ignatius Julio, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta’s Executive Sous Chef.

5 Cornerstone Flavours of Indonesia’s Food Culture by Javara Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 14.00 – 16.00 | Majapahit Lounge
Five elements are known to play a central role in shaping the Indonesian food culture: acid, salt, sugar, fat, and spice. Hosted by Javara Indonesia, participants are invited to discover a wide range of indigenous ingredients that make up these five components through an immersive tour around the Majapahit Lounge’s spice installation, bringing participants on a sensorial journey across the Indonesian archipelago.

Jelajah Nusantara Cocktail Class
Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 19.00 – 20.00 | The Bar

Mixology enthusiasts may opt to join the Jelajah Nusantara Cocktail Class and experience a hands-on workshop, where they will learn how to create locally-inspired cocktails concocted with a unique blend of spirit and spice infusion.

Aromatherapy Workshop – The Gift of Archipelago Spices Sunday, 21 August 2022 | 10.00 – 12.00 | The Gallery 2nd Floor
Famed as the Spice Islands, Indonesia has an abundance of natural resources for creating aromatherapy products. Guided by Arlin Chondro, an internationally-certified aromatherapist, the participants will enjoy the experience of learning the wide variety of spiced essential oils and create custom aromatherapy blends to aid digestion and improve wellbeing.

Jamu Workshop
Sunday, 21 August 2022 | 14.00 – 16.00 | The Gallery 2nd Floor

In this workshop, participants will be guided to recognize the history and the benefits of spices and medicinal plants, as well as create their personalized jamu blend with local spices and ingredients.

Dining Experiences

Kebun Nusantara Brunch
Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 12.00 – 14.00 | Jakarta & The Courtyard

Rare, indigenous herbs and spices take center stage in this authentic brunch featuring rare, forgotten, and nourishing Indonesian food ingredients such as Pohpohan, Daun Semanggi, Moringa, Pakis, Genjer, and Ciplukan. The brunch is further animated with a live cooking demo by Executive Sous Chef Ignatius Julio.

Borobudur Heritage Dinner: From Relief to Table
Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 19.00 – 21.30 | Jakarta Restaurant

Drawing inspiration from the reliefs of the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, the Borobudur Heritage Dinner: from Relief to Table, artfully blends history and gastronomy to create an exceptionally authentic dining experience. This feast will be hosted and narrated by Helianti Hilman, a food bio-cultural diversity social entrepreneur with a world reputation, and Sugi Lanus, philologist and expert on ancient manuscripts. Chef Ignatius Julio, Executive Sous Chef of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, will feature various rare and forgotten food ingredients found on the relief of Borobudur and transform them into a delectable degustation menu.

Movie Screening: Budaya Pangan Nusantara
Saturday, 20 August 2022 | 20:00 – 22:00 | The Courtyard

From Pekan Kebudayaan Nasional 2021, several cinematographic documentaries have been produced, highlighting the culture of the archipelago. In this series of activities of Jelajah Rempah Nusantara, there will be a movie screening of Alam Takambang Jadi Guru by Riri Riza which tells the wisdom of Minang culture, as well as Leon Lolang’s Alam ke Piring movie which showcases food culture in Labuan Bajo, including the diversity of food in a dryland ecosystem. Buffet selections are served to complement the event, with menu highlighting indigenous Minangkabau and Flores cuisine, offering guests an immersive culinary experience in context of the cultural settings of the films.

Sunday Brunch with Traditional Culinary Showcase
Sunday, 21 August 2022 | 11.30 – 15.00 | Jakarta Restaurant & The Courtyard

A leisurely brunch experience awaits amidst Jakarta & The Courtyard’s lush foliage, putting a spotlight on Indonesian cuisine through an array of authentic fares originating from the islands of Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Eastern Indonesia. Rare and traditional dishes such as Iga Bakar Sambal Andaliman, Gudek Pawon, Nasi Bekepor, Ikan Bakar Manokwari, and Sate Klatak become the main center of the show, in addition to live Balinese laklak station and artisanal tea cocktails.
The Sunday Brunch also offers an indulgent spread of signature dishes, such as AOC cheese, fresh seafood, charcuterie, pan-seared foie gras, premium meats, and delectable French desserts.

Artisanal Weekend Market

Artisanal Market at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta 
20-21 August 2022 | 10.00 – 19.00 | The Gallery 1st Floor

Discover artisanal and handcrafted goods from local brands, with categories including healthy food, art & craft, home & living, as well as wellness products at The Gallery of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta. In addition to Javara Indonesia, curated tenants include Tanakita Ceramics, Peek Me Naturals, Seniman Pangan, Segara Naturals, Soapstory, Sancraft and more.

Festival Merah Putih with Bimasena
Sunday, 21 August 2022 | 08.00 – 17.00 | The Poolside Garden

The Bimasena Club presents Festival Merah Putih, a family-friendly event hosted in the green surroundings of the Pool Garden. Iconic Independence Day activities such as lomba tarik tambang and balap bakiak are available for adults and children, while open-air bazaars and food stalls are laid out in The Dharmawangsa Jakarta’s verdant lawn, serving sweet and savory light bites.

The Dharmawangsa Jakarta

Jl. Brawijaya Raya No.26, RT.1/RW.2, Pulo, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12160

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