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Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Everything You Need to Know - Part II

Posted: 22 Jan 2014

(This week we conclude a a two-part series on the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. Part I of this blog was published last week.) When making plans to attend the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado, there are a few important things to remember. Last week we touched on a few, no let's delve into more specifics! This year's event will be June 20-22, 2014.


  • Consumer Pass - $1,250 each. Provides access to wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and the Grand Tasting Pavilion for the entire three days of the F&W Classic. That's a total of 5 Grand Tastings and a number of seminars (excluding the Restaurant Trade Program and the Reserve Tastings. Reserve Tastings are available for an additional charge.) FYI - Consumer Passes allow you to preregister for seminars to ensure you get a seat!
  • American Express Restaurant Trade Pass - $1,250 each. Only available for professional who shape the food and hospitality (restaurant) industry. This two-day program offers a plethora of invaluable insights and networking opportunities. You receive all the benefits of the Consumer Pass, as well as an invitation to an event kick-off party; two previews of the Grand Tasting Pavilion; access to industry-only happy-hour events; and panel discussions and interactive workshops at the Hotel Jerome.
  • Grow for Good Pass - $3,750 each. This is a dedicated national initiative to support local farms and to encourage sustainable agriculture - that benefits the Wholesome Wave Foundation. Buyers of this pass will have all the benefits of the Consumer Pass, as well as exclusive access to special evening events. There are a limited number of passes, and for each sold, F&W will donate $1,000 directly to Whole Wave.


  • Consumer Passes and Grow for Good Passes will be available at the Registration Tent at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Place in Aspen. Call (970) 925-9000 for more information. Hours of registration and pass pick-up will be: from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 19; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 20; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 21.
  • Restaurant Trade Passes will be available at the Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 20; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Place. Call (970) 920-1000 for more information.
  • Please do not lose your lanyard. A lanyard must be worn and properly displayed at all times at F&W events. Passes are invalid without a lanyard. Passes are non-transferable and WILL NOT be replaced if lost or stolen.


  • Even those who do not have a F&W Classic pass can still participate in the event.
  • Open to the public is the 5K Charity Run to benefit Wholesome Wave.
  • There will also be a special evening full of events and parties available for purchase - including the 3rd annual Last Bite Dessert Party.


  • Applications available as of January 2014.
  • Exhibitors will be hand-selected and notified in mid-April
  • More information on exhibiting or advertising is available by contacting Eunice Choi at


  • Registration begins March 1, 2014. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Applications will only be accepted online with the following requirements: applicant has volunteered in the recent past; applicant is a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley; number of years an applicant has volunteered; applicant's past performance as a volunteer; and how early the application is submitted. (FYI - The Roaring Fork Valley is defined as Aspen to Rifle. Residents might be asked to supply one of the following to verify residency: driver's license, passport, utility bill, pay stub, etc.
  • Learn more about how to volunteer for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

2014 EXHIBITORS In 2014, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen will feature panels, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars and panels led by some the biggest names in the culinary world, including:

  • Hugh Acheson
  • JosA(c) AndrA(c)s
  • Richard Betts
  • Sissy Biggers
  • Shayn Bjornholm
  • Richard Blais
  • Tom Colicchio
  • Graham Elliot
  • Anthony Giglio
  • Carla Hall
  • Paul Grieco
  • Ray Isle
  • Kate Krader
  • Megan Krigbaum
  • Giada de Laurentiis
  • Tim Love
  • Jim Meehan
  • Danny Meyer
  • Claudine PA(c)pin
  • Jacques PA(c)pin
  • Marnie Old
  • Mark Oldman
  • John Ragan
  • Andrea Robinson
  • Marcus Samuelsson
  • Leslie Sbrocco
  • Gail Simmons
  • Curtis Stone
  • Michael Symon
  • Ming Tsai
  • Jonathan Waxman
  • Laura Werlin
  • Josh Wesson
  • Sang Yoon
  • Andrew Zimmern
  • (*Schedule and participants subject to change without notice)


  • Secure your lodging for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen as soon as possible. This will ensure you have the best accommodations and the best location near the event.
  • We offer more than 200 condominiums, town houses and private homes in downtown Aspen, ranging from economy to luxury, studios to 7 bedrooms.
  • The St. Regis Residence Club and the Hyatt Grand Aspen both offer luxury lodging less than one block from the event.
  • Lodge rooms available at the historic Independence Square hotel, also across the street from the event.
  • All Frias guests receive complimentary passes to the Aspen Club & Spa for the duration of their stay. The Aspen Club & Spa is the valley's premier full-service spa and workout facility.