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Inside the Stunning Heritage Fire in Snowmass Village

The event gathered 30+ chefs in a gorgeous summer mountain setting

Once the cap-off event to the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Grand Cochon is in its second all-grown-up year as a standalone three-day shindig in Snowmass. While the main Grand Cochon event on Saturday was all about the swine, the one that blew our minds was Heritage Fire, the launch of the weekend on Thursday, where all meats got an equal opportunity on the coals.

There were ducks (in an box) courtesy of Lon Symensma from ChoLon, chicken fried in bear lard (yes, you read that right) from Yellobelly, eel and sturgeon from Rosenberg's, octopus from chef Kelly Whitaker from Basta, plus pounds upon pounds of beef, pork, and more from some of Denver's best chefs, Alex Seidel of Fruition/Mercantile Dining & Provision and Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market included. Bonus: booze and wine stations, a butchery demon and auction, music, fun, and merriment in a gorgeous mountain setting.

Block June 16-18 on your 2017 calendar right now - you may not want to miss it. Eater photographer Adam Larkey captured the images below.