This is the fifth iteration of Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival, which started in Chicago in 2011. The Cultivate Festival was established by Chipotle to encourage attendees to think and talk about food and the issues surrounding it in a fun and engaging environment.
Cultivate Kansas City will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Penn Valley Park.
Each Cultivate event will feature performances by popular bands, cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs (both national and local), and interactive experiences for festival-goers of all ages. Admission for all events is free.
Appearing at Kansas City’s Cultivate Festival will be Chef Tim Love (CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup,” Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, The Woodshed Smokehouse and White Elephant Saloon in Dallas/Fort Worth), Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (Frasca Food and Wine, Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, Colo.), Graham Elliot (“MasterChef,” Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago), and Kansas City’s own Colby Garrelts (Rye in Leawood, Kan. and Bluestem in Kansas City, Mo.).
“Such an honor to be involved with this cool event! I love that Chipotle is a restaurant that believes in commitment to the community,” said Garrelts.
The interactive experiences at the festival will focus on sustainable food practices, including an exhibit explaining how to make Chipotle’s guacamole, the reality of processed foods and a Kids’ Zone with snacks and fun activities.
Chipotle’s culinary team has also created a special menu available for purchase exclusively at each stop along the festival route. All signature dishes will be made using fresh, sustainable ingredients.
Attendees will also get a chance to sample ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, Chipotle’s Asian concept, which is not yet in the Kansas City market.
An Artisan Hall will offer food from locals who fit the definition, and a selection of local craft beer, wine, and ciders will be available in the Tasting Hall.
Each festival will feature a Cultivate Farmhouse Ale, a Saison-style beer exclusively brewed from a local brewery. No word yet on which Kansas City brewery may be tapped for this partnership opportunity.
For more information about Cultivate, please visit chipotlecultivate.com.