When the snow melts in Aspen, it’s time for the premier culinary event of the year, the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. The three-day event draws celebrity chefs such as Carla Hall, Gail Simmons, Martha Stewart and more, plus renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders as well as everyday food lovers! The event includes cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, panels led by food and wine experts and much more. Whether you’re a fan of Food and Wine Magazine, a specific celebrity chef or cooking show, or just a foodie, the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is a must-attend event!
Whether you’re attending the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen to improve your own cooking techniques, learn about wine and cocktails or to simply enjoy the food of celebrity chefs, there is something for everyone! Plus, it all occurs in the beautiful backdrop of Aspen, Colorado. Events take place at various locations in Aspen, and some include:
Seminars: With a consumer ticket, attendees can sign up for three cooking demonstrations and/or wine seminars on Friday, three cooking demonstrations and/or wine seminars on Saturday and one cooking demonstration or wine seminar on Sunday. There are over 80 seminars to choose from, covering a wide variety of topics such as Dumplings & Noodles, Soul Food: Summer Style, Italian Happy Hour Cocktails, White Burgundy: Village to Grand Cru and much, much more. Celebrity chefs and wine experts such as Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart, the winner from the most recent season of Top Chef, Stephanie Izard and many more lead the sessions. For a full list of seminars, click here.
Grand Tastings: Taking center stage right in the heart of downtown Aspen, the Grand Tasting Pavilion is one of the best parts of the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen! Five Grand Tastings and three Private Trade Grand Tastings allow attendees to make their way through the tents, sampling wines and dishes from over 200 brands from around the world. Dishes from the 2019 Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chefs are available for sample and there is also the opportunity to meet celebrity chefs and wine experts at book signings.
Additional Events: If the seminars and Grand Tastings aren’t enough and you find yourself still hungry for more, there are a few additional events to enjoy! Additional fees apply. These events include:
Last Call, Presented by American Express – On Friday, June 14th, enjoy signature Lamb’s Club menu items and craft cocktails.
Farewell Feast: F&W Best New Restaurants – Say goodbye to the Food and Wine Classic in style! On Sunday, June 16th, the exceptional list of Best New Restaurants present a walk-around tasting.
For a full list of Food and Wine Classic in Aspen additional events, click here.
The event is spread out across several spaces. All wine and cocktail tasting seminars and cooking demonstrations take place in hotels and tents within the city parks in Aspen. The Grand Tasting Pavilion is located in Wagner Park in the center of Aspen.
The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen takes place at various locations within Aspen, Colorado. Wine/cocktail tasting seminars and cooking demonstrations take place in hotels and tents with in the city parks in Aspen, and the Grand Tasting Pavilion is in Wagner Park in the center of Aspen.
While there is no RVing at the various sites where Food and Wine Classic events take place, there are some RV parks in Aspen as well as in the beautiful neighboring communities. Some of the RV parks to choose from include:
Don’t own an RV? It’s still possible to experience the beauty of Colorado and the fun of the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen in the most comfortable and stress-free accommodations possible! Rent an RV from RVshare in your hometown and travel to the festival, or pick one up upon arrival in Colorado, hitting some of your favorite National Parks along the way!
From Denver: Take I-70 W to CO-82 in Glenwood Springs. Take exit 116 from I-70 W. Follow CO-82 to W Hopkins Ave.
From Colorado Springs: Follow US-24 W, CO-9 N and I-70 W to CO-82 E in Glenwood Springs. Take exit 116 from I-70 W.
Food and Wine Classic in Aspen tickets and passes are available for purchase online here. A variety of pass options are available, including access to private Grand Tasting events.
Delicious, world class food, celebrity sightings, food and wine education, all in the beautiful backdrop of Aspen. It’s a must-attend summer event, and not much could make it better – except traveling there in a comfortable RV! Imagine returning from events to a fully stocked kitchen, a private bathroom and cozy bed. With an RV rental from RVshare, all that and more is possible.
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.