No pass to the sold out Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (June 14-16) this year? No worries! There are some great events beyond the Grand Tastings and seminars, and tickets are still available for purchase by the general public. Our top picks:
Reserve Wine Tastings: These feature rare wines, expert winemakers, and sommeliers from around the world. Moderated and hosted by Food & Wine magazine's Wine Editor, Ray Isle, and wine experts Richard Betts and Antonio Galloni, the Reserve Tastings at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen offer attendees the ultimate wine tasting experience. Ticket prices range from $225-275.
Last Bite Dessert Bash: Hosted by Food & Wine's own Gail Simmons, judge of Bravo’s Top Chef, and featuring Johnny Iuzzini, this oh-so-sweet soiree is a celebration of decadence, featuring a never-ending spread of desserts, including buttercream-frosted cakes, pastries, meringues, parfaits, petit fours, tarts, and galettes. Tickets $125. Held Friday, June 14, 10 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St.
5K Charity Run: Run with celebrity chefs and wine experts through the city streets and parks of Aspen, while raising money for Wholesome Wave at the Celebrity Chef 5K Charity Run. Not only will an impressive cast of characters run through town, but it's amazing to witness that many people who drink for a living, such as Bobby Stuckey and Richard Betts, are also hardcore athletes. Held at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 14, at the Rio Grande Park.
All “A La Carte” Food & Wine Classic events can be purchased separately from the weekend passes that are officially sold out by calling 1-877-900-WINE.