Best moments from the 2016 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

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One weekend each year Aspen, Colorado transforms from an adorable, upscale ski town to a food and wine mecca where some of the best chefs, wine connoisseurs, trade experts and food-obsessed consumers come together to appreciate the very best of culinary culture.

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AOL.com was on the ground at the Food and Wine Classic this year to capture some of the most memorable seminars, try the tastiest food, and more. Check out our list of the most unforgettable moments and places below!

Christina Tosi's Milk Bar Happy Hour

New York City-based baker Christina Tosi has made a name for herself with many amazing desserts from her compost cookie to her soft serve cereal ice cream. It's no surprise that Tosi's happy hour in Aspen was one of the sweetest events around. Highlights include bagel bombs (everything bagel balls filled with cream cheese and bacon), blue cheese pretzels with roasted honey mustard, and to-die-for chocolate truffles.

Richard Blais' nitrogen demo

Richard Blais is known for his firecracker personality and affinity for liquid nitrogen. His demo proved to be no different. On stage, Blais was presented with secret ingredients and made 3 dishes in 45 minutes, in addition to making some pretty awesome liquid nitrogen ice cream. The event was one for the books.

Yes Way, Rosé

Yes way, rosé #fwclassic #winetasting

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There might not be any drinks more synonymous with summer than Rosé, and this seminar at the Food & Wine Classic definitely proved that point. Sommelier Jordan Salcito walked the audience through 6 different rosés that all pair with different occasions. Needless to say, this one had everyone taking notes.


Chef Michael Voltaggio at Belly Up! Aspen with The Spazmatics


Not every Food & Wine Classic event is necessarily a seminar, panel or demo -- get togethers like this one at Aspen's Belly Up! bar are on par with a majority of the planned goings on. Chef Michael Voltaggio showed off his culinary skills with spicy fried chicken, turkey and hazelnuts, and a delicious green goddess salad. Also, what dining would be complete without a rockin' '80s cover band?

Wines from Spain BBQ with Chef Jose Garces


Wines? Spain? BBQ? Count us in. This event features wines from various regions of Spain -- paired with chef Jose Garces' amazing BBQ meat (chorizo to die for!) this event was a huge success.

DimSum After Dark with Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons

Foodie Friendship GOALS 🙌🏻

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What's better than Dim Sum? Dim Sum after dark, featuring none other than Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons. Hosted at the Sky Hotel in Aspen, this event was definitely a must-see and featured some amazing foods concocted by Zimmern and Simmons themselves, including thai peanut pepper noodles and coffee cardamom donuts.

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Culinary luminaries attend the Charleston Social on top of Aspen Mountain at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chris Consentino demonstrates at the Cooking Tent at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson and Gail Simmons demonstrate at the St. Regis at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons demonstrates at the St. Regis at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Tyler Florence and Nilou Motamed at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Marcus Samuellson, Claudine Pepin and Jacques Pepin at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Claudine Pepin, Marcus Samuellson and Jacques Pepin at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jonathan Waxman and Chris Consentino at the Grand Tasting Pavilion at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Mark Oldman presenting at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jose Garces attends the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jose Garces attends the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Oringer, Anne Burrell, Lindsay Slaby and Jay Hajj attend the Wines From Spain Party at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Kris Yenbamroong, Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske attend the Wines From Spain Party of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Grayson Schmitz attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Sissy Biggers attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Richard Blais and Nilou Motamed attend the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Anne Burrell attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Justin Chapple attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jacques Pepin attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Michel Nischan attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Christina Grdovic and Katrin Naelapaa attend the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Mike Lata attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jazmin Zepeda and Richard Blais attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Anne Burrell attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Scott Conant, Jay Hajj, Mike Lata, Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Christina Tosi and Wylie Dufresne attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Billy Harris and Jamie Bissonnette attend the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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The Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chef Mike Lata attends the Charleston Social at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Jeremy Ford attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Chef Phillip Frankland Lee attends the Opening Reception of the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons host the Last Call Dim Sum After Dark presented by American Express at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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Andrew Zimmern hosts the Last Call Dim Sum After Dark presented by American Express at the 34th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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