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Uncork’d, Las Vegas’ largest food festival, has surprises in store this year

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Christina Tosi, appearing for the first time at Vegas Uncork’d, will teach aspiring bakers how to make her signature truffles.
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Uncork’d has logged enough years in Las Vegas—this is its 13th edition—that it has become a must-attend food event, from the May 9 Saber Off to the last brunch at Rao’s on May 12. The stalwarts of the fine dining scene will be on hand, of course, but there will also be some new faces this year.

“I’ve been warned it’s an assault on the senses in the most beautiful way possible,” says newbie Will Guidara of NoMad hotel and restaurant. “It’s like an urban carnival where there are many exciting things happening everywhere.”

If this is your first time attending Uncork’d, there’s no real way to prepare for the four-day gastronomic feast of Dionysian proportions. Here, we highlight the new events we’re most excited about. (And if you can’t get tickets to individual events, the Grand Tasting on May 10 is always a sure bet to see some famous faces.)

Roses and Rosé With Lisa Vanderpump (May 9, Caesars Palace) This event is for you if you’re a fan of the reality star. It promises to be a night of intrigue and TV-ready moments fueled by an endless flow of rosé and cocktails.

Perfect Peking Duck and Other Secrets of Chinese Cooking (May 10, Wynn) If you aspire to make Peking duck at home, here’s your chance to learn from the best: Chef Ming Yu of Wing Lei will offer an interactive cooking demonstration of the prized dish, as well as other signatures.

Champagne Brunch and Truffle-Making With Christina Tosi (May 11, the Cosmopolitan) What better way to spend Saturday morning than to learn from Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi the secrets to her cake truffle? Don a headband and enjoy bottomless Champagne, followed by brunch.

Under the Stars at the NoMad Pool (May 11, Park MGM) The NoMad Pool is the latest venue to make a splash in town. For Uncork’d, Guidara plans to turn the pool into something unforgettable. “The dinner we’re doing, it’s for 60 people,” he says. “Without giving anything away, we want to have some fun surprises. The idea is to have it be a meal that kind of moves around over the course of the evening—for some deliciousness and fun and adventure.”

Uncork'd May 9-12, times & venues vary, $100-$500 per event. vegasuncorked.com.

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