Ever wondered what it's like to walk into a tent with endless food and wine? We, the ladies of @foodintheair, partnered up with Emirates to experience the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and we're bringing you the breakdown.
Day 1: Grand Tasting Pavillion + Dubai in the Sky
We were told this is the crème de le crème of food and wine festivals, and it was easily seen just by walking in. Try passing 5 winery booths while trying to not get distracted, it's hard. Trust us. But the Emirates Flight Path Bar caught our eye immediately.
Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot... pick your poison. Those are just a couple of over 200 wines you are offered annually while flying Emirates. No one told us we'd be on a strict cheese, charcuterie, wine diet while in Aspen but we survived- we know everyone was worried. Our F&W Classic crew even consisted of their cabin crew. Talk about class.
After being wined and dined by the crew and sommelier we made our way out of the tent to take in the mountain views. We thought people were hyping up the town's beauty but it was even more than we expected.
After a day of indulgence, we joined Emirates on the top of Aspen Mountain for, you guessed it, more indulging. A quick gondola ride up the mountain and we were transported to the Emirates celebration "Dubai in the Sky". On top of the mountain we honored the festival's 35th anniversary with the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine Magazine, Nilou Motamed...pretty unbelievable.
Day 2: Grand Tasting Pavilion + LIVE from F&W Classic in Aspen Party
We were lucky enough to start Day 2 in the same way we started Day 1...endless food and wine samplings in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. We continued to make our way from one winery to the next but obviously ended back up at the Emirates Flight Path Bar. Only to be greeted with an even more exciting selection of drinks than the day before.
The cabin crew was serving up Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 2008 along with Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne - they obviously knew how to win us over. Emirates' wines are chosen specifically for your flight with a regionally inspired menu of award-winning meals...talk about going above and beyond (flight pun intended).
After a quick power nap and another afternoon spent in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, we made our way to Belly Up Aspen club for the "LIVE at F&W" party with the Emirates team and some of the best chefs in the game. More food, more wine, more everything...you get the jist? Let's just say there was endless proscuitto, Whispering Angel rosé and believe it or not "truffle showers" by Chef Andrew Zimernn. We have to give a big shoutout to the band though, The Spazmatics. See the picture below to fully understand their nerdy-greatness.
We had THE most amazing time at the Food & Wine Classic thanks to Emirates! We will be back Aspen. But for now, that's a wrap! For more looks at the festival and Emirate's food & wine, head to Instagram to view the hashtags #FWClassic #EmiratesFood #EmiratesWine!