Everyone's favorite giant burrito slinger Chipotle is bringing a free music and food festival to Irving's Carolyn Lake on Saturday, October 18, and the lineup — at least as far as chef talent goes — is looking mighty impressive: Think locals Matt McCallister, Omar Flores and Kent Rathbun and out-of-towners Paul Qui, Sean Brock and Amanda Freitag.
Per a press release, the fall event will feature cooking demos, "live music, local food artisans, regional beer and wines, a special Chipotle festival menu [and] a Kids' Zone." (The kids area will feature "a big pit filled with raw organic cotton fluff," which is apparently Chipotle's all-natural alternative to a ball pit?) The all-important beer partner will be Lakewood Brewing and they're crafting a special Cultivate Farmhouse Ale specifically for the event. Other local breweries on hand will include Bishop Cider Co., Community Beer Company, Franconia, Rahr, Revolver and more. Chipotle menu items exclusive to the event will include pork belly or barbacoa gorditas, a baby kale salad, and, from Chipotle's Asian concept ShopHouse (which has yet to invade Texas), a jasmine rice bowl with pork and chicken meatballs or tofu.
Talent on the musical side of the equation will include Amos Lee, O.A.R., MS MR, Sylvan Esso, and DJ Christopher Golub, with more to be announced. Best of all, admission is free, so mark your calendar already; the event will run all day from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
· Chipotle Cultivate Festival [Official]
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