Action Alert | Talent Lineup at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen Shows Better Gender Balance But Still Needs Work

Much like the restaurant industry as a whole, food and wine festivals don’t have a good reputation for gender diversity and representation of women. However, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, which takes place this weekend, looks to be bucking that trend, sort of — 36% of the talent listed are women, 23% of whom are women of color. So, while it is better than that of similar events like the Food Network’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, it still falls a bit short of our 40% women speaker target. Add the fact that the group image they’re using to promote the conference shows only 26% women, and it’s obvious there is still a bit of work to do.

This year’s talent lineup at the #FWClassic shows some progress, but @foodandwine still has a bit of work to do to represent women in both their promotional materials and their speaker lineup. #GenderAvenger