The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is a highlight for Food & Wine magazine, with three days of cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, panel discussions, tasting events and a Grand Tasting Pavilion—all at an 8,000-foot elevation in Aspen, Colorado.
The festival is a foodie paradise, with the world’s foremost authorities on wine and food attending more than 80 cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. The huge epicenter of the extravaganza of food is the Grand Tasting Pavilion, where more than 300 wines and luxury lifestyle brands to feature their newest products. Pace yourself though, because you’ll want to hit it all.
While you could spend your entire time tasting the best of the food and wine offerings, there’s also the chance to take home some knowledge by getting involved in the seminars and cooking demos. Decide early, however, as the more popular ones fill up quickly
Find a Balance
A typical festival attendee may get his only exercise by walking to the event from the hotel, and lifting a fork to his mouth all day. But you’re doing yourself a disservice if the only Aspen scenery you see is the view from the park. This festival is set in a stunning area in the Rocky Mountains, so make a little time to enjoy it.
Light trekkers can get plenty of exercise by walking around downtown Aspen. Leave the car behind and hoof it everywhere. More intrepid outdoor folks can head just 10 miles out of town to hike the Maroon Bells. There’s even a public bus, so you can still ditch the car and make it a local adventure.
Late night parties are a huge reason why the superstar chefs stay up late here, and why you should, too. It’s often one of the best ways you can get up close and ask questions, including why they chose the cheeky beverage clutched in their hands.
If you haven’t gotten enough food and wine from the festival, book a table at the Chef’s Club by Food & Wine, which will rotate its staff of “Best New Chefs” denoted by the magazine each year when the Classic kicks off. Hold out for a late-night dessert bash and maybe clink glasses with your favorite chef.