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Chipotle kicks off Cultivate Festival

Chef Amanda Freitag will host a cooking demo at Chipotle’s Cultivate, a culinary celebration with local food and free music.
Chef Amanda Freitag will host a cooking demo at Chipotle’s Cultivate, a culinary celebration with local food and free music. Getty Images for Chipotle

Chipotle kicks off its Cultivate Festival to Penn Valley Park 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18. The festival, which has been held in Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis and Phoenix, is in its fifth year.

The inaugural Kansas City event includes free music by national bands such as Portugal, The Man and Smallpools and chef demos with chef and TV personalities Graham Elliot, Tim Love and Amanda Freitag, as well as local James Beard award winner Colby Garrelts of Bluestem and Rye.

Event goers can stop by a taster’s hall featuring craft beer, wine and ciders or the artisan hall featuring local foods from Rye, Shatto, the Roasterie, Little Freshie, Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck. Educational booths will feature interactive exhibits focused on sustainable food practices.

This is also your chance to try out food samples from Chipotle’s next concepts, Pizzeria Locale, set to launch in Waldo, and the Southeast Asian-flavored ShopHouse. There are 10 ShopHouse restaurants on the East and West coasts. No word on when one will arrive in Kansas City.

For more information, go to ChipotleCultivate.com.

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