SOURCE: DWJ Television

August 08, 2008 18:16 ET

Rums of Puerto Rico Rule the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

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RIDGEWOOD, NJ--(Marketwire - August 8, 2008) - It is the most exclusive food festival in America: the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. At this year's three-day event in June, 5,000 of the most dedicated food and wine consumers in the world hobnobbed with superstar chefs, noshed great food and sampled some of the finest wines, beers and spirits from around the globe.

A key sponsor of the event, Rums of Puerto Rico, pulled out the stops bringing a special Latino Caribbean flair to the mountains of Colorado.

The team included top chefs from the island like Wilo Benet, Roberto Treviño, Mario Pagán and Carmen Gonzalez. They created thousands of little feasts for attendees to taste and the snow cones (piraguas) spiked with Puerto Rican rum were a big hit, too. So was the "smoking" cucumber Mojito, made with liquid nitrogen at a chilly minus 280 degrees. The crowd went wild at the finale of the Food & Wine event, as a roasted pig was paraded through the Aspen tents by a traditionally trained lechonero (pig roaster) followed by a retinue of island folk singers.

"I heard many times that Puerto Rico took over Aspen," noted Karen Garnik, director of Rums of Puerto Rico. "That is a very strong statement."

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