Ohhhh Food & Wine weekend… you have returned to kickoff another rocking summer here in Aspen Snowmass! At Messenger Aspen, we like to coin it “schmooze & booze” and for a good reason – town is buzzing with celebrity chefs and beautiful weather that gets everyone excited for the all-day tastings and late-night rendezvous. Every year seems to bring better people-watching, celebrity-sightings, and crazy stories than the last – but we thought this year we would highlight a locals perspective of the crazy weekend, and showcase some other events that just don’t revolve around the tent. Read here how we break it down and share with you a “Locals Guide to Food & Wine Weekend”
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th
Start off your Food and Wine Weekend early. Breckenridge Distillery Presents the Sideshow Kick-off Party for Aspen Food & Wine 2017 at Rickhouse Social! There will be a tattoo station, arm wrestling, boozy milkshakes and psychic readings for your entertainment! Register at the ticket link -> HERE!
THURSDAY, JUNE 15th
Avoid the mayhem of Aspen town and come to Snowmass to take it easy on the lawn with some great eats and groovy music! Rustic Grind will be dishing up some delicious artisan dogs, and the token weekly free concert on Fanny Hill. Light it up with the sounds of See-I, who spark the crowd with a reggaetastic vibe. Get out those picnic blankets, rally your crew, and relax before the big weekend ahead! (Read details below)
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
Spend the day on the streets of Aspen and take it all in! Check out the local outdoor patios like at Escobar, Grey Lady, and Jimmy’s Bodega to witness some of the best people-watching while Food & Wine patrons enter the infamous Wagner Park tents. Check the latest styles and regard the mayhem with a delightfuly dry and crisp rosé in hand (or a Ford’s Gin & Tonic… or a Kabinet Riesling, whatever tempts you)
Friday evening, head to the Belly Up where you can see The Struts (presented by Butter Chardonnay) and experience the next new-age wave of rock and roll. These legends have opened for the Rolling Stones, and continue to perform at sold-out shows around the globe and are creating quite a reputation for themselves. Come rock out for an epic Friday night!
Then jump on the Loopr bus and enjoy the TOAST experience… have an elevated, classy ride around town’s ultimate smoking lounge while socializing with Colorado’s finest cannabis connoisseurs. This is a not to miss in our book… Reservations required. Follow link below for details.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17th
Spend the morning at the Saturday Market downtown Aspen – where this weekend kicksoff the first Saturday Market! Featuring local artisans and farmers, come get your shop on and appreciate the fine craftsmanship and food! Featuring local creameries, winery, and produce farms, this event sets the stage for a perfect way to appreciate the culinary scene of the Roaring Fork Valley. Spot some celebrity chefs as they run around in between their seminars looking for some of the freshest ingredients!
For those wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of town during the afternoon tastings – Heritage Fire returns to the Base Village in Snowmass where PORK is the theme of the day! Learn all about Heritage-breed pigs, and understand the necessity of preserving these breeds through education and collaboration with farmers and restaurants. Come taste the difference and enjoy a whole new experience on this hog-filled culinary tour!
SUNDAY, JUNE 18th
Don’t forget from your crazy weekend hangover that its Fathers Day today! Send your love to dear old pops, or better yet take him out to brunch and then up to the top of Ajax mountain via gondola! For a morning full of music – see Rachel Price sing her acoustic melodies at Justice Snow’s as you pick at your eggs hollandaise, then head up the mountain heel-stomping-skirt-flippin-good-ol-Bluegrass with Hardscrabble! The Bluegrass Music series returns and what better way to nurse that pounding head then with a mimosa and mountain views.