Six medal-winning reasons why the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is just like the Olympics

Categories: Booze

Lori Midson
Wine, glorious wine at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this year, is the gastronomic and vinous equivalent of every foodie and wine lover's mecca; it's our golden fleece, our Holy Grail, our industry's version of the Olympics.

We can think of plenty of parallels between the centuries-old tradition of the global Olympiad and the annual Food & Wine Classic. The talented athletes are represented here by the world's top chefs, culinary merchandise purveyors, wine producers and sommeliers, all of whom train for months to prepare; the spectators are the festival-goers themselves. The competition is fierce -- and sometimes painful -- to get a seat inside of crammed festival tents, tasting lectures and celebrity-attended soirées. The spoils? Glorious: Those lucky enough to take part in what can only be called a thirty-six hour-long exercise in outright hedonism stumble home with starry-eyed memories, full bellies and epic hangovers. Read on for three days' worth of our gold, silver and bronze medal-winning experiences.

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