Heritage fire

If you belong to the contingent of people who pride themselves on never passing the roundabout, you will be missing out on Saturday.

While not officially part of the Food & Wine Classic, Cochon555’s Heritage Fire has easily become one of the most anticipated and celebrated events throughout the weekend bacchanal.

In many ways, the live-fire cooking festival juxtaposes the classic in Aspen and boasts a more local feel, from the people to the fare.

Patrons can also feel charitable whilst indulging — a majority of the event proceeds go toward Cochon555’s beneficiary, Piggy Bank.

The Cochon555 Tour hosts a slew of authentic, hyper-local food events throughout the year that focus on raising awareness surrounding heritage breed pigs and farm animals.

“Events like Heritage Fire help foster relationships between local farms and emerging chefs who are committed to serving guests flavorful food from real farmers,” reads a statement from Cochon555.

More than 50 chefs and butchers will be on deck in Snowmass Base Village on Saturday, seasoning and grilling 3,500 pounds of fare. The list of responsibly-raised meat that will be prepared is lengthy and includes dry-aged beef, whole pigs, lamb, fish, squab, rabbit, duck, fish and chicken as well as locally grown heirloom vegetables.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. for VIP ($200) and 5 p.m. for general admission ($150). More information at cochon555.com.