The ticket price is high by food festival standards (the average flat fee is US$1400), yet the event quickly sells out three months in advance. And for good reason too.
Aspen Food and Wine Classic continues to attract a blend of high profile chefs and major food fans each year. Organisers are well versed in taking care of the bon vivant’s wishes and whims, conjuring up a woozy weekend of eating, drinking and learning from celebrity cooks.
Past appearances have included Marcus Samuelsson, Thomas Keller, David Chang and Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi. The event has a long history embracing the people who are leading the world of food and have continued to attract star talent as a result.
The experience for the committed foodie is further heightened when considering the setting. Aspen sits in a relatively isolated position at 2400 metres above sea level, surrounded by six 4300 metre peaks in the Rocky Mountains. Expect to be sipping fine wines all weekend long in a beautiful high-altitude setting, all the while sampling the creations of those known for their edible magic.
This is not an event for half-interested day-trippers, rather it’s for committed foodies who are prepared to base themselves in the mountains for a few nights and soak up the atmosphere that only ‘The Classic’ can muster.
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