The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen: A Premier Epicurean Adventure

Stephanie Kroll

The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is often hailed as the unofficial kick-off to summer, transforming this picturesque mountain town into a haven for culinary enthusiasts. For over four decades, this premier event has been a must-visit experience, drawing food lovers and culinary experts from around the globe. From June 14 to 16, 2024, Aspen will once again host this spectacular weekend of epicurean adventures, featuring cooking demonstrations, wine and spirit tastings, and panel discussions led by world-renowned chefs and beverage experts.

A Star-Studded Lineup

The 41st annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen promises one of the most impressive lineups yet. More than 70 celebrity chefs and beverage experts will take center stage, offering attendees the chance to learn from the best in the industry. This year’s stellar lineup includes:

  • Chefs: Tyler Florence, Kristen Kish, David Chang, Danny Meyer, Stephanie Izard, Andrew Zimmern, Maneet Chauhan, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Claudette Zepeda, Shota Nakajima, Nancy Silverton, and the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 21.
  • Beverage Experts: Tiffanie Barriere, Anne Becerra, Julia Coney, Ray Isle, Wanda Mann, Gary Obligacion, Mark Oldman, Sabato Sagaria, and Toni Tipton-Martin.

In addition to these celebrated names, the event will feature the Food & Wine Best New Chefs’ class of 2023, ensuring a diverse and dynamic range of culinary talent.

Epicurean Delights

Set against the stunning backdrop of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the FOOD & WINE Classic will be held throughout Aspen, with events taking place in hotels and tents set up in city parks. The main Grand Tasting Pavilion, located in Wagner Park, will be the heart of the festival, where attendees can sample a variety of exquisite food, wine, and spirits.

Seminars and Tastings

The event's schedule is packed with engaging activities designed to delight and educate. Attendees can look forward to:

  • Cooking Demonstrations: Learn new techniques and recipes from world-class chefs.
  • Wine & Spirit Tastings: Discover a curated selection of fine wines and spirits, guided by top sommeliers and beverage experts.
  • Panel Discussions: Gain insights into the latest trends and innovations in the culinary world from industry leaders.

A Unique Experience

Hunter Lewis, Food & Wine's editor-in-chief, describes the festival as a “bucket list event for food lovers from around the world.” He emphasizes the unique combination of world-class talent and stunning natural beauty that makes the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen so special. According to Lewis, the event is also a reunion of sorts for talented chefs, drinks experts, and business leaders to connect with their peers, unwind, and return home with fresh ideas.

Supporting Worthy Causes

Tickets for the event, which go on sale at 12 noon ET on January 18, can be purchased at A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Southern Smoke Foundation, a relief fund supporting food and beverage workers in crisis, and No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to eliminating childhood hunger in the U.S.

Don’t Miss Out

With a limited number of passes still available, now is the time to secure your spot at this premier culinary festival. The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of fine dining, exquisite beverages, and culinary innovation. Whether you’re a seasoned epicurean or simply someone who loves good food and drink, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience at the base of Aspen Mountain.

Join us for three incredible days of epicurean delights, and see for yourself why the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is considered the best culinary festival in the country.

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