The 6th Annual Luckyrice LA Festival Review - Delicious Asian-Inspired Cuisine

Featuring the best Asian inspired dishes and drinks to compliment is the Luckyrice LA Feast! Now in its 6th year since its origination and it's 4th year in LA, the California Summer feast featured many imaginative dishes paired perfectly with exotic Asian-inpired Bombay Sapphire East cocktails.

Held at Create Nightclub in Hollywood the festival, presented by Bombay Sapphire East Gin, features the Asian food landscape and definitely gives your palate a nice change. Involved in the fete are many of the countries most renowned chefs and culinary personalities as well as social media influencers, mixologists, and more. 

“We are excited to bring the Feast to Los Angeles and San Francisco, which is home to every conceivable type of Asian cuisine and culture, from creative Pacific-rim dining to street food,” said LUCKYRICE Founder, Danielle Chang. “With California’s large Asian population, brilliant dining culture and proximity to Asia, Asian food is everyday grub.”

Also participating in the feast was Ryan Wainwright, winner of the Los Angeles Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, which was held recently at Sassafras in Hollywood! Mixing up something new for this particular event Wainwright sure knows how to get the crowd involved with the perfect cocktail!

"I must say this was a really great event and I had a lot of fun making some seriously good drinks (in the) beautiful blue tucked away bar" Wainwright stated. "It was such a cool crowd and I received a lot of positive feedback (plus) it was great to see all those faces I know from around the LA bar scene - I don't think there was ever a low moment!"

Wainwright created his take on a 'Rosehip and Gyokuro' beverage, a balanced cooler style drink with a 'rich and delicious punch', and as he explains "a wonderful Japanese Green Tea". Wainwright created an approachable yet interesting mixture for this particular event which effortlessly complimented and highlighted the overall cocktail.


“This is BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin's 6th year of sponsoring LUCKYRICE, and it's exciting to see how much it has grown and evolved in such a short time," said Ned Duggan, VP, Managing Director for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin. "As we've expanded into new cities from our base in New York, it's been fascinating to taste how each region expresses its own culinary style. The level of sophistication that the bartenders employ when creating new and innovative BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East cocktails each year is a testament to the rise of craft cocktail culture across the country.”

Los Angeles participants include a range from star-studded chef-driven concepts to more casual Asian eateries: Ayara ThaiLittle SisterThe DistrictOpen BlueDudley MarketTwenty EightFluff IceStarry KitchenKatsuyaSeoul Sausage, KomodoBling Bling DumplingHutchinson Cocktails & Grill, BEP Vietnamese KitchenHamasakuPhorage, Blue RibbonBadmaashAsian Box, and Parks BBQ.

In addition to the food, the cocktails will be plenty – including bars from Butchers & BarbersHarvard & Stone, Break Room 86Good Times at Davey Wayne’sHinoki & the BirdHarlowe, and more. 

LUCKYRICE also brought celebrated mixologists from HopscotchHotel NikkoDirty Habit, Starlight RoomBDK, Benjamin Cooper, and more were also on site to serve custom cocktails featuring Bombay Sapphire East Gin and other spirits in addition to Asahi Beer and Bruce Cost Ginger Ales.

The Luckyrice Festival tours 6 cities this year including: New York, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Tickets for the feast were $88.00 for general admission and $150.00 for VIP. 

It was a great evening in a chic atmosphere with innovative cocktails and delicious Asian-inspired cuisine. Stay up to date and be sure to check them out either in San Francisco on August 7th or on the next tour!

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