It's been a rough year, food safety-wise, for Chiptole. But a handful of food-borne illness issues over the last few months isn't stopping the company from taking its Cultivate Festival on the road. For the second year, the travelling festival series is making its way to the Valley to spread the good word of sustainability and deliver free food and music to the masses.
The event, which will be held on Saturday, April 30, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, "encourages attendees to think and talk about food and food issues," according to the company. Attendees can expect food and musical performances from top national acts, as well as educational opportunities about how food can be raised responsibly and prepared safely.
During the event, attendees can check out various learning exhibits that cover topics such as genetically modified organisms (aka GMOs), fresh versus processed food, factory versus farm, and how to make guacamole from scratch. For each exhibit you visit, you'll receive a stamp, and after collecting at least three stamps, you'll get a card for a free burrito.
According to Chipotle representative Scott Robinson, the event's not designed as a money maker, but rather as a way to combine fun and learning.
Chipotle will have signature food items available for sale throughout the event, and other local companies including Cartel Coffee Lab, Super Chunk Sweets and Treats, Doc's Artisan Ice Cream, Churn, and Teaspressa Tea will also be on site with food.
The live entertainment lineup for the event is star-studded and will be going on all day long. Featured musical acts include Jared and the Mill, Lukas Graham, Echosmith, and Young the Giant. Chef demonstrations will include both local celebrities such as Chris Bianco (Pizzeria Bianco) and Stephen Jones (Larder + The Delta), as well as nationally recognized names such as Aaron Sanchez and Amanda Freitag, both of Chopped fame.
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The Cultivate Mexican Lager, a special beer brewed specifically for the Cultivate events, will also be available at the festival. Brewers from the three breweries — Florida's Cigar City, Missouri's Boulevard Brewing, and Arizona's own Arizona Wilderness — collaborated on the recipe and each plan to brew their own version in time for their local Cultivate Festival.
The Cultivate Festival is free to attend and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. There's a minimal fee to park. For more information on the festival, check out the Cultivate Festival website.