LUCKYRICE Asian festival highlights fusion of flavors and cultures

Chicharron, jicama and jalapeño with katsu and lotus root?

That’s the kind of Asian fusion happening in Miami, where the LUCKYRICE Asian festival Friday highlights South Florida’s melange of cultures.

“There’s no better city than Miami to demonstrate that,” said the festival founder Danielle Chang said. “All these cultures come together to create a distinctive food culture.”

The festival, which started in New York seven years ago and has spread to across the country, will take place at the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

It will be hosted by “Top Chef” champion and James Beard Award-winning Chef Paul Qui from Miami’s Pao by Paul Qui at the Faena Hotel on Miami Beach. Emphasizing Asian-inspired flavors, the celebration will offer top local chefs and bartenders the opportunity to showcase their skills with creative bites and craft cocktails.

As in years past, the event will celebrate the growing influence of Asian epicurean culture across the country as well as new and emerging food and cocktail trends unique to Miami.

“Food takes us places and allows us to explore other cultures,” Chang said.