Chipotle premieres early autumn music and food fest, Chipotle Cultivate

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For its ever festival, Chipotle Cultivate, the gold-foiled natural burritto chain steps above and beyond its role as lunch spot (and recent pozole purveyor). The festival stars come in three varities: Chefs, farms and bands. Cultivate presents an impressive, five-act line-up, with the soulful Mayer Hawthorne & The County, folk-country outfit Calexico, Canadian rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Cave Singers and White Rabbits all on the bill. The roster of chefs preparing demos and specialty menus is equally satiating, and includes a mix of celeb chefs from around the U.S.: Jonathan Waxman and Amanda Freitag; and others from restaurants near and dear: Paul Kahan (Big Star, Avec), Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) and Ben Sherman (North Pond).

With a whole host of farmer's market stalls, a tent full of craft beer and gems from local artisans (no Black Dog gelato won't be necessary in October, but we'd eat it anyway) this one-day wonder is lookin' pretty tasty. Did we mention it's free? (that is, the bands are: if you can resist the foodie fare and somehow eat enough to stay full for over 12 hours, serious kudos.)

Chipotle Cultivate takes place in Lincoln Park from 11am-7pm on Saturday, October 1st. Free.

Chipotle Cultivate, official site

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