Luckyrice festival in Vegas shines spotlight on Asian culinary culture

The New York-based Luckyrice festival, which shines a spotlight on Asian culinary culture, will come to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for its second year Oct. 4 – 6. Las Vegas is one of five U.S. cities to host the festival.

Guests are invited to experience the flavors of popular Asian markets, cooked by celebrity guest chefs and chefs from The Cosmopolitan. Highlights of the three-day event will include:

  • Opening Ceremony (Friday, October 4) – Guests can mingle with celebrity chefs at the Boulevard Pool while tasting an assortment of authentic teas. Plus, make a wish while releasing the ceremonial floating lotus flower amidst authentic Chinese entertainment including Lion Dances, Koto and Pipa musical performances. This ceremony will be complimentary to hotel guests and ticket holders.
  • Luckyrice Vegas Night Market (Saturday, October 5) – Inspired by the festive night markets of Asia – from Taipei to Kuala Lumpur – this celebration will transform the Boulevard Pool into an outdoor feast featuring traditional Asian street food and modern variations. Visiting celebrity chefs include Pichet Ong, Todd English, Jet Tila and Kristen Kish. In addition, The Cosmopolitan’s own Wicked Spoon chefs will feature an assortment of Asian-inspired bites and local favorites Fukuburger and Raku will offer their own take on night market fare. The menu will include dishes like white chocolate curry soup from Poppy Den; Bahn Mi from Comme Ça; pork chicarones with Swarnadwipa curry from Wicked Spoon; as well as dishes made by chefs from New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston and more. Resort mixologists Christopher Hopkins and Mariena Mercer will create specialty cocktails with an Asian flair.  Cocktails will include Asahi beer, a lemongrass and elderflower Collins, and various wines and champagnes. Tickets start at $88.
  • Dim Sum, Bloody Mary & Mahjong Brunch (Sunday, October 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – Susur Lee (Top Chef Masters) will offer his Cantonese-inspired fare to guests at the Bamboo Pool as they design their own bloody Marys with Asian ingredients. Ingredients will include Sriracha, lemongrass and Thai basil from Thailand; peppercorns, ginger and garlic from Vietnam; five spices and Chinese hot mustard from China; and cumin, lime leaf and cassia bark from Indonesia. Mahjong games will be held for beginners and pros. The menu includes items like lamb and spinach dumplings, curried shrimp spring rolls, pork shu mai and BBQ duck rolls. Tickets are priced at $65.


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