What’s On: Ubud Food Festival … And More

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Three is the magic number for the Ubud Food Festival, as they’re back for their third year with three days of Indonesian cuisine, innovative chefs and insanely good local produce. This year the theme is ‘Every Flavour is a Story’, which aims to celebrate the diverse culinary heritage of Indonesia and reflect the journey of a dish from farm to plate, the forging of relationships with local growers, and the awareness of ecological and industry trends in the global culinary landscape. The festival will take place from May 12 to May 14 and will feature cooking demos, workshops and talks with superstar chefs from home and abroad, as well as food markets, film screenings and musical performances.



Expect to get gobsmackingly wet if you happen to be pretty much anywhere in Thailand between April 13 and April 15. Songkran is the Thai New Year, and traditionally Thai people head home to their families and honour their elders by sprinkling water on their hands. However, as any Songkran veteran knows, the modern-day form of celebration is basically a giant water fight that lasts for three days out on the streets of every major city and town. Grab a water gun and throw yourself into the mix, because there’s no way you’re not going to get wet anyways, so you may as well join in the fun. Be sure to wrap up your valuables in waterproof bags, and you may want to rethink that white ensemble. Just sayin’.



The red carpet is rolling out once again for the star-studded Cannes International Film Festival, which is now in its 70th year and will take place from May 17 to May 28. Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is the President of the Jury for 2017, and along with other eminent filmmakers, he will judge a vast array of films from around the world in a wide variety of genres, some of which will no doubt go on to become bestselling blockbusters. The full list of selected films will be announced in April, but no matter which films make the list, you can be sure the festival will be attended by all your favourite A-listers.




April 14 to April 23 — Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio, California): Coachella sets the tone for the rest of the year’s hottest and most happening musical acts with stellar line-ups that include big players in the indie, rock, hip hop and EDM scenes, as well as emerging artists who are just breaking out. Held over two consecutive weekends under the palms in the Colorado Desert, the festival will feature multiple stages with live acts by Radiohead, Beyoncé, DJ Shadow and Kendrick Lamar, as well as sculptures and art installations by a global crew of contemporary artists. Festivalgoers can opt to camp out in RVs, simple tents or luxe glamping safari tents adjacent to the festival grounds.

April 27 to April 30 — Vegas Uncork’d (Las Vegas, Nevada): Go big or go home may as well be the motto for Vegas Uncork’d, a lavish food and wine event brought to us by Bon Appétit and featuring some of the biggest names in the culinary world. The festival will take place over four days at multiple venues throughout Las Vegas where you can sample special menus like the Mediterranean Brunch with Alain Ducasse, Celebrate Spago 25th Anniversary Lunch with Wolfgang Puck, or the Hell’s Kitchen Dinner with Gordon Ramsay. Be sure to save room for craft cocktails and cakes at the grand finale after-party at the Venetian.

May 2 to May 7 — Frieze New York (Randall’s Island Park, New York): Expand your mind at the sixth edition of Frieze New York where over 200 galleries from 30 countries will be exhibiting artworks by today’s most significant artists including well-established and up-and-coming contemporary makers and creators. This year the art festival will also showcase iconic and rediscovered 20th century masters with insightful juxtapositions of historic pieces alongside modern creations. This is an excellent opportunity to see the on-going evolution of artistic practice from the previous century up to present day.



April 14 to April 16 — Orthodox Easter: Easter is the biggest holiday of the year in Greece, and for the entire week leading up to Easter Sunday you can join festivities taking place all over the country. On the evening of Good Friday, locals decorate replicas of Christ’s funeral bier in flowers and parade it through the streets. Then on Saturday night, churchgoers celebrate Christ’s resurrection by lighting candles at midnight followed by fireworks, church bells and drums. Finally, Easter Sunday is a day for celebration with dancing, more fireworks and feasts of roasted lamb accompanied by copious amounts of wine.



April 3 to April 8 — Snowbombing (Mayrhofen): What better way to end the ski season than at a massive mountain music festival where you can rip up some of the best slopes in Europe, hit up the award-winning snow park, get your après ski on to live acts like De La Soul, Chase & Status and Kink, then dance until the early hours at an igloo rave to beats by Groove Armada, Shy FX, Andy C and Grandmaster Flash? Welcome to Snowbombing at Mayrhofen, a week long high-altitude party featuring mountain music stages, forest parties, ‘Snolympics’, cable car-aoke, chairlift speed dating, pool parties and much, much more.

May 12 to June 18 — Vienna Festival: The Vienna Festival was created in the 1950s as a way to reconnect to the world after WWII and to foster international discourse about art, music, and social and cultural developments. Since then this multidisciplinary art festival has been a breeding ground for new thoughts and ideas and has facilitated new alliances between artistic genres. Visitors to Vienna during the festival can expect avant-garde musical performances, vibrant exhibitions showcasing unique paintings, sculptures and art installations, and thought-provoking lectures and dialogues.