‘Tis the season for food festivals, and the most renowned of them all—the Food & Wine Classic
in Aspen, Colorado—convenes this weekend, June 19th through the 21st.
One of the biggest events on the food lover’s calendar, the Aspen festival draws chefs and their fans from all over the country. And while in past years, the event has only been open to those with a four-figure, all-access weekend pass, this year’s festival is opening a few more doors: single-day tasting passes start at $250, for an abbreviated look at the festivities. And for the first time in the history of the event, the “Best New Chefs” dinner is open to the public—where the eleven rising stars named by Food & Wine
will each present a dish, honorees including New York’s Paul Liebrandt
, San Francisco’s Nate Appleman
, and Houston’s Brian Caswell.
The rest of the weekend includes speeches and seminars from guests all over the culinary map—from Food Network stars like Bobby Flay
and Giada De Laurentis
, to chefs such as Ming Tsai
(doing a demo on Asian small plates) and Jacques Pépin
(speaking on “fast food,” the French way).
Though the festival is approaching fast, tickets are still available online