On this edition of Wanderfolk, there’s plenty to broaden your horizons and spend time in the sun. Ubud Food Festival returns this April with more than 100 chefs, restauranteurs, and food writers converging on Bali for the affair, or you could explore the wonders of nature in Phuket over Songkran. Feel like going somewhere cold? Australia’s biggest festival of lights, ideas, and music is taking over Sydney‘s harbour front this May.

Ubud Food Festival Returns

Indonesia’s most anticipated food festival returns for its fifth edition the weekend of 26-28 April 2019 with the theme, Spice Up The World. Look forward to cooking demos, masterclasses, food tours, film screenings, and more that introduces festival goers to the wonders and diversity of Indonesian cuisine – such as a showcase of Achenese food at Teater Kuliner by Jakarta’s Best Eats’ Chef of the Year 2018, Ragil Imam Wibowo. Celebrity chefs jetting in for the event include Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn (Le Du, Bangkok) and Italy’s Luca Fantin.

Ubud Food Festival is happening 26-28 April 2019. For more information and tickets, see here.

Wyndham Hotels Launches Super Vacation Sale in Asia Pacific

Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach Fiji

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is offering up to 40% discount off their Asia Pacific properties’ Best Available Rate for bookings made from now till 3 May 2019. With rooms from more than 100 hotels on sale, look forward to deals on some of the group’s best gems, such as Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay with stunning pool villas overlooking the Andaman Sea, or their new (opened July 2018) Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach located on the beachfront in idyllic Fiji.

For more information and bookings, see here.

Award-winning bar PS150 Pops Up in London this May

Kuala Lumpur’s Petaling Street nighttime darling is headed to two YTL hotels in London – Threadneedles, a former Victorian bank that’s also home to Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room, and The Academy in the city’s fashionable West End district – in May! Besides serving their specialty cocktails inspired by the bold flavours of Southeast Asia, the special pop-up will also see tipples featuring ingredients native to the UK.

PS150 will be popping up at Wheeler’s Bar, Threadneedles on 7-8 May, and The Alchemy Bar, The Academy on 9 May 2019.

 

Celebrate Songkran in Style at Sri Panwa & Baba Beach Club Phuket

One Bedroom Penthouse, Sri Panwa

Get into the fervour of Thai summer with ultra-luxury Phuket resort Sri Panwa and its sister hotel Baba Beach Club. With Songkran just around the corner, both properties are offering a three-night exclusive escapade where, besides complimentary on-site activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and surfing, guests can look forward to a relaxing massage, snorkelling at Racha Island or Phang Nga Bay, complimentary cocktails, and return roundtrip airport transfers. Rates start from THB 108,024 at Sri Panwa for a One-Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse and THB 76,166 for Baba Beach Club’s Ocean View Baba Suite.

For bookings and more information, visit Sri Panwa and Baba Beach Club Phuket’s websites.

Vivid Sydney 2019 Set to Ignite Australia’s Harbour City this Winter

Austral Flora Ballet

From 24 May to 15 June 2019, Vivid Sydney will be returning to, literally, shine the light on Australia’s Harbour City. The largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemispherehas a solid line-up for its 11thedition, including a partnership with Pixar Animation Studios – Pixar charactors will illuminate the heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks). Light installations will take over Campbells Cove and Hickson Road Reserve while the music programming will featureheadliners electronic artist RÜFÜS DU SOL, genre-blending popstar FKA Twigs, and rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers.

For more information and tickets to events, see here.

 

Top Image: Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay’s Infiniti Bar