Chipotle Cultivate Festival
By Sally A.
here and festivals are starting to kick off in all
their glory and the finest food, music and drink is
able to be found if you just know where to look.
Looking for me wasn’t hard on April 18th
when Chipotle Mexican Bar & Grill hosted the
free Cultivate Festival at Westworld, in Scottsdale,
idea is that eating fast food doesn’t have to be a
"fast food experience" and eating fresh is a good
start to that experience. This is a concept that was
started by Chipotle's founder and co-CEO Steve Ellis.
The first doors opened in 1993 and as the company
gained in popularity for its food, it also became
known for selecting produce and supplies that are
grown and raised responsibly. Currently the restaurant
chain owns and operates nearly 1,800 establishments
with more than 15 Chipotle restaurants outside of the
teamed up with other sponsors such as: IZZE Sparkling
Juice, Tabasco, Naked Juice, Organic Valley and Tree
Top Apple Juice for the festival, which featured
cooking demonstations by chefs such as: Amanda
Freitag, Joshua Hebert, Charleen Badman, Richard Blais
and Christopher Schlattman. Local food artisans were
also on hand offering samples and vending products.
There was a Kids Zone too.
wouldn’t be complete without music and, if you were
there early enough, you were lucky to listen to DJ
Christopher Golub and the bands: Jared & the Mill and
Magic Man. If you were like me and got caught up in
the traffic, you may have been able to catch the
performances of: MS MR, Bleachers and Twenty One
Pilots. I was very impressed with the bands that I was
able to catch in performance. Theyl interacted with
the audience and. IZZE did a fantastic job of keeping
everything running on time.
photographer down in front, you sometimes have the
luxury to look behind you to see a wall of fans
waiting patiently for the bands to take the stage.
Many festival fans stood in front of the stage for a
long time not wanting to move for fear of losing
their spot, so I was very happy to see that free water
was being passed out from stagehands to the crowd.
It was the
first time that Arizona hosted the Chipotle Cultivate
Festival and it was a success. However, I would like
to make some suggestions for the nexty one-- the
traffic was insane and I think that it could have been
handled in a much more organized way. I also think
that a second water station should have been provided.
The line to refill water bottles was over an hour and
a half wait by the afternoon hours.
As a reminder
to everyone heading out to summer festivals, the sun
is not your friend when you are out in it all day.
Take a hat, sunblock and some form of container of and
for water. The other thing is remember where you
have parked your car. If necessary take a photo of
where you parked so that when you leave you can find
your car more easily.