Burrito chain Chipotle is bringing their Cultivate Food, Ideas, and Music Festival to Loring Park this summer.
After starting in Chicago in 2011, the Chipotle Cultivate Festival is now in its fourth year, and in addition to the Minneapolis stop on Saturday, August 23, festivities are also being held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on June 7, and at Lake Carolyn in Dallas-Ft. Worth on October 18.
While the festival is ultimately designed to change the way people think about and approach fast food, while also strengthening their connection with sustainability, the free festival is also bringing in five live music acts to perform at the festival, in addition to a host of celebrity and local chefs who will be on hand.
The bands set to perform at Cultivate Minneapolis are Portugal. The Man, Grouplove, the Mowgli's, Vintage Trouble, and Hunter Hunted.
The music lineup in San Franciso is also pop rock oriented, with Neon Trees, Andrew McMahon, Charli XCX, Smallpools, and a yet-to-be-named opening act. The lineup for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth will be announced in the coming months.
In addition to the music on offer at Cultivate Minneapolis, chefs at the event include Andrew Zimmern, Sea Change's Jamie Malone, Jack Riebel (formerly of Butcher and the Boar), Erik Anderson, and Bachelor Farmer's Paul Berglund.
"We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food, and that includes helping people understand more about how food is raised and prepared," said Chipotle's chief marketing and development officer, Mark Crumpacker. "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."
There will also be plenty of local food and drinks available throughout the festival, as area artisans, breweries, and wineries will showcase their wares. Chipotle itself will also have a special menu available specifically designed for the festival.
There will also be plenty of interactive experiences set up for the guests, focusing on sustainable foods and animal welfare issues, with a Kids' Zone set up to nurture and educate the burgeoning foodies in the family.
But on this snowy April afternoon, the idea of a free summer music and food festival in Loring Park is enticing enough on its own to get everyone excited about the warmer months and the outdoor music festivals ahead.GIMME NOISE'S GREATEST HITS
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