Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival brings in celebrity chefs and local culinary talent to the gorgeous mountain community of Snowmass Village each July.
From July 19-21, 2012 festival participants will be treated to cooking demonstrations, gourmet food tastings, celebrity chef tips culminating in a spectacular two-hour “Palette of Pairings”. The pairing portion of the weekend has local restaurant chefs from Aspen to Denver as well as the celebrity guest chefs cooking and serving you their favorite small bite and pairing it with the perfect cocktail.
The festival brings foodies, wine and spirit connoisseurs, and art lovers alike together in a visual and delectable feast.
Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval is internationally recognized as the “father of modern Mexican cuisine,” who elevated Mexican cuisine to gourmet status when he opened Maya in New York City. Named Bon Appétit’s 2006 Restaurateur of the Year, Sandoval now owns and operates more than 20 restaurants worldwide including Venga Venga in Snowmass. He and the Venga Venga chefs will also present Tapas & Tequilas where guests will sample a flight of tequilas paired with Mexican tapas.
The arts portion of the weekend offers high end fine arts from regional and national recognized artists exhibiting their work along the cozy Snowmass Village Mall. Media types include pottery, ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, metal-works, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.
The Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival will also feature:
- Chef Jenna Johansen has worked at several of Colorado’s best restaurants and was most recently a finalist in Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates.”
- Christy Rost, chef and host of the PBS “Texas Cooking & Lifestyle” series.
- Diane Hendericks, a food and nutrition specialist, personal chef, cookbook author and on-air contributor for Good Morning America Health.
Local chefs include Chef Will Nolan, from the Viceroy Snowmass’ Eight K Restaurant and finalist for Food & Wine Magazine’s People’s Best New Chef award; and Chef Mark Fischer, owner of Six89, Phat Thai in Carbondale, CO, and award-winning restaurant, The Pullman located in Glenwood Springs, CO.
The festival also includes fine art vendors, food demonstrations and tastings and cooking demonstrations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tickets for Saturday’s event include all the cooking demonstrations, food samplings, chef meet and greets and the two-hour Palette of Pairings for only $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.snowmassculinaryandarts.com.
Festival Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 19
- 5 p.m.: Chef Richard Sandoval and Diane Hendericks kick off the weekend with a free cooking demonstration in the Viking Culinary Tent.
- 6:15 p.m.: Free concert on Fanny Hill by Funky R&B, Honky-tonk band, the Quick and Easy Boys.
Friday, July 20
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Art vendors displaying their wares throughout the Snowmass Mall.
Viking Stage Kitchen Cooking Demonstrations By:
- 12-1:00 p.m.: Mark Denittis – Join Meat Master Mark as he breaks down a whole lamb with a surgeon’s precision while learning the different cuts of meat and the myriad of uses for each.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: Chef Jenna Johanson – Take a walk through your local farmer’s market with the nationally renowned chef as she uses some of the most common market items to create new and invigorating dishes that you can easily make at home. Learn recipes featuring baked kale chips, zucchini “spaghetti,” fresh cucumber sushi rolls and spicy peach salsa and head to your next pot luck in style.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Chef Vaughn Hobbs – TBA
3:45-5 p.m.: Diane Hendericks – TBA
6 p.m.: Venga Venga and Chef Richard Sandoval will host Tequilas & Tapas, a ticketed event. Guests will sample a flight of tequilas paired with Mexican tapas.
Saturday, July 22
- 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Art vendors displaying their wares throughout the Snowmass Mall.
- 10 a.m. -11:30am: Chef Christy Rost – Join PBS Chef and entertaining expert, Christy Rost ashow to combine local foods, nature and artwork into your menus, kitchen decor,
- 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Chef Will Nolan – Sausage Making and Gumbo Cooking
- 2:15 p.m.-3:15p.m.: Chef Richard Sandoval – TBA
- 4 -6 p.m.: Palette of Pairings, indulge in a feast of small plates prepared by over 20
Tickets for Saturday’s event $45 ($50 at the gate) for all the chef cooking demonstrations with food samplings and chef meet and greet sessions, along with the delicious and plentiful two-hour Palette of Pairings. The cooking demonstrations are free on Thursday evening before the Thursday Night Concert on Fanny Hill at 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets and lodging packages to enjoy the day and spend the night, go to visit www.snowmasstourism.com.
Examiner Lodging Recommendations:
- The Viceroy Snowmass – This hotel sits at the base of the ski hill. It offers you incredible views, impeccable service and attention to detail, an incredibly attentive staff and some of the most beautiful and luxurious rooms in Colorado. It is also home to 8K restaurant that will be participating in the food pairing at the festival.
- Top of the Village – If you are looking for a rustic, quiet out of the way experience with babbling brooks and wildlife at your doorstep then this large condominium complex might be just what you are looking for. It also features a wonderful pool and hot tub set surrounded by towering quaking aspens and pine tree’s.
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