Top Aspen Snowmass food and drink events

Nothing brings people together quite like food does, especially when in the company of Colorado's breathtaking Rocky Mountain backdrop. From wine festivals to mac 'n cheese festivals, Aspen Snowmass brings together locals and visitors alike to sample some of the best brews and bites at 8,000 feet. See some of the top food and drink events offered this summer:

Snowmass Beer Festival | June 10

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Colorado is a popular hub for craft beer making and drinking, and few things combine better than hand-crafted suds with scenic mountain views and awesome live music. That's what the Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival is all about. It's the perfect marriage of mountain and beer lifestyle. This year, nearly 30 Colorado craft breweries descend on Snowmass Village to provide tasters to craft beer lovers. In addition, Hot Buttered Rum, a progressive bluegrass band will perform.

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Heritage Fire Dinner | June 17

Celebrating heritage breeds one bite at a time, the Cochon555 Heritage Fire Dinner was created in 2008, and now features over 50 notable chefs and butchers, each grilling heritage-breed animals en plein air against the stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop. This event showcases responsibly-raised food and traditional outdoor cooking, inspired from cultures all over the world. Paired with free-flowing wines from boutique producers, craft beers and small-batch artisan ciders, this is an event not to be missed!

Mac N Cheese Fest | July 9

If you love fresh air and the savory aroma of mac 'n cheese, the 7th annual Mac N Cheese Festival is the event for you! Taking place on "Restaurant Row" between Mill and Monarch streets on East Hopkins is one of Aspen’s favorite summer events, where restaurants will offer free samples of their macaroni and cheese concoctions, a manner similar to winter’s Soupskl competition, and YOU get to vote for your favorite. 

Farm to Table Dinners at Snowmass | July 11–Aug 15

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Snowmass is a great place for families in the summertime, especially on Tuesday nights for Farm to Table dinners at Elk Camp. On Tuesdays starting July 11 families can gather for a complimentary ride on the Elk Camp Gondola, locally-sourced a la carte menu by Chef Bradley Murphy, local beer and distillery tastings, fire pits with s'mores, a full cash bar, outdoor family activities and live music by Rich Ganson & Randall Utterback. Five-percent of food sales will go to ACES and Roaring Fork Conservancy.

Snowmass Wine Festival | Sept. 15–16

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The Snowmass Wine Festival combines incredible food, flavors, sights and sounds to create an incredible weekend of wine tasting. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village, funds raised are allocated to non-profit organizations across the Roaring Fork Valley and other charitable organizations worldwide. Events take place at Town Park in Snowmass Village; you must be 21+ to taste wines.

The Little Nell Ride & Dine Series | 2017 Dates TBA

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Bikers of all levels are invited to join The Little Nell for another year of the Ride & Dine Series, where cyclists will embark on a journey from the hotel to a unique destination for an al fresco dinner. Before departing, guests will get to choose the wines for dinner from The Little Nell's 20,000-bottle cellar with Wine Director Carlton McCoy, Master Sommelier. The rides range from 15-30 miles, and end with a farm dinner prepared by Element 47 chefs.

Limelight Bike & Beer Series | Sunday afternoons

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When staying at the Limelight Hotel it's easy to become part of the community. On Sunday afternoons guests can follow Team Limelight members on bike rides up, down and all around Aspen, followed by local beer happy hours in the Lounge. Possible rides could include "chasing the snow" up Independence Pass or making the steep climb up to the Maroon Bells.