Lucky Rice festival at Cosmopolitan

Night Market at Cosmopolitan (Photo by Erik Kabik)

Night Market at Cosmopolitan (Photo by Erik Kabik)

By Bert Eljera

It was a celebration of Asian culture with a heavy dose of Asian cuisine as the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas unfurled the three-day LuckyRice festival that ends today, Sunday, at the Strip.

An opening ceremony Friday at the Boulevard Pool ushered in the festivities. Chefs who participated in the event made their first appearance with their tea concoctions in a tea-tasting extravaganza.

There were also lion dances, koto and pipa performances.

The highlight was the Vegas Night Market on Saturday as the pool became a virtual festival ground. Several chefs participated, including those from Wicked Spoon, Fukuburger and Raku, who featured their take on popular Asian-inspired bites.

In addition, there were dances, music and other cultural performances under a cool and a little breezy evening.

In today’s final day, there will be Dim Sum, Bloody Mary & Mahjong Brunch. Susur Lee from Top Chef Masters and Lee in Toronto will offer his Cantonese-inspired fare to guests at Bamboo Pool as they design their own bloody Marys with Asian ingredients.

Mahjong games will be held for beginners and pros at the boozy brunch. Tickets are priced at $65.

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