The Chipotle Cultivate Festival will return to the Valley in April with a free all-day event featuring live music, celebrity chef demonstrations and interactive activities.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at WestWorld of Scottsdale and will feature a music lineup of Young the Giant, Echosmith, Lukas Graham, Betty Who, Holychild and Jared & The Mill.
Gilbert’s Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. is helping to create an exclusive brew for the event in collaboration with Boulevard Brewing Company of Kansas City, Missouri and Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, Florida. The “Cultivate Mexican Lager” will be available along with local specialty beers, wines and ciders at the festival’s tasting hall.
Chefs Aarón Sánchez and Amanda Freitag who co-star on Food Network’s “Chopped,” will be showcasing cooking demonstrations at the festival. In addition, local chefs Chris Bianco, of Pizzeria Bianco fame; Stephen Jones, who specializes in Southern-inspired dishes at the larder + the delta; and Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic, who own the award-winning FnB restaurant in Scottsdale, will also host demos.
The event is meant to encourage attendees to discuss food issues in a fun and engaging environment.
In addition to the musical performances and chef demonstrations, there will also be five interactive activities focused on sustainable food. These activities will cover issues like animal welfare, genetically modified foods and processed foods.
“We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food, and that includes helping people understand how food is raised and prepared,” according to a statement from Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development officer at Chipotle. “The Cultivate events allow us to bring people together for a celebration of food and music, but also to educate them about how food can be raised responsibly and prepared safely.”