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Asian food festival LuckyRice returns to The Cosmopolitan in October

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Evan Huang from Baohaus serves up some char siu pork bao at the Las Vegas incarnation of the LuckyRice food festival Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Cosmopolitan.
Photo: Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

The Asian culinary festival LuckyRice will return to Las Vegas for its second year this fall, running Oct. 4-6 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The three-day feast showcases authentic food and drink from Asian cultures prepared by an array of celebrity guest chefs, as well as The Cosmopolitan’s house chefs.

The festival begins with an opening ceremony on Friday, Oct. 4, which will feature a variety of teas and a tasting session to learn about different types of aromas and flavors. The ceremony also will include traditional Chinese entertainment such as lion dances and pipa musical performances. The event is free for hotel guests and festival ticket holders.

2012 LuckyRice at Boulevard Pool

Saturday night’s Night Market main event at Boulevard Pool will feature traditional Asian street food, as well as modern variations prepared by celebrity chefs including Pichet Ong, Todd English, Jet Tila and Kristen Kish. Local eateries Fukuburger and Raku also will be preparing their own twist on street market offerings. Cosmopolitan mixologists will be on hand preparing speciality Asian-inspired cocktails.

Tickets start at $88, with VIP tickets at $125. The feasting will conclude with a dim sum, Bloody Mary and mah-jong brunch featuring Cantonese-inspired fare prepared by "Top Chef Masters” star Susur Lee. Tickets are $65.

Tickets and packages are on sale and can be purchased through the Cosmopolitan LuckyRice website.

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