September puts us all in mind of fall: school has started, sweaters and boots are showing up in stores, and everything from beer to bread starts being pumpkin-flavored. However, the festival season in Chicago is determined to make the summer last as long as possible. This Saturday, September 7th, foodies and music lovers alike will find plenty left to celebrate at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park.
Begun three years ago here in Chicago, the Cultivate Festival seeks to encourage discussion about sustainability and food impact while promoting the efforts of local artists, both culinary and otherwise. The event is one day only and is jam-packed with activities for all ages and interests. You can go on an educational scavenger hunt, hitting up the six informational food experiences around the fest to win a free burrito. If you’re in the mood to dance, a killer line-up including Walk The Moon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will help you build up an appetite.
Come with an empty stomach; food is a centerpiece of this festival. Chipotle will have a special, Cultivate-only menu on offer, including a dish from their new Asian concept, Shophouse. Local artisans such as Jo’s Snow Syrups, Tiny But Mighty Popcorn, and festival favorites Puffs of Doom will be available for purchase, doing the Chicago food scene proud.
Two stages will also be showcases chefs from across the country, giving some insight into their culinary perspectives and demonstrating cooking techniques. Look for some of Chicago’s crème de la crème of the restaurant scene, including Graham Elliot, Paul Kahan, Curtis Duffy, and Tony Mantuano. Pro tip: check out the East Tent; word is the chefs will be offering samples of their handiwork!
Give summer one last hurrah with some great music, food, and a little bit of learning at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival. After all, can’t beat the price: it’s free!