What do you get when you combine good food, good music, and the incredible atmosphere of Kansas City? A memorable event, that’s for sure! This past Saturday I braved the sweltering heat to make it down to Penn Valley park and experience the Chipotle Cultivate festival, and I have to say it was well worth it. After hearing about it online while researching concerts to attend this summer, I knew I couldn’t miss this one. A free performance by Portugal. The Man, one of my favorite bands? I was sold in a heartbeat.

It was hot and sticky out but my excitement was matched by the hundreds of other people in attendance. I even met a group of girls who had driven all the way from Arkansas to see Portugal. The Man! I started out my adventure later in the day, arriving around 2, and made a beeline for the water station to fill up my bottle. After that, I found a cool place under a tent to sit down and relax while I waited for my favorite band to come on. After about 15 minutes of relaxing, I realized I had sat down in one of the chef demonstration areas, and none other than MasterChef Graham Elliot was about to come out! The area filled up fast, and I was lucky enough to have snagged one of the last seats.

Watching Graham Elliot cook ended up being one of the highlights of the whole day. He was hilarious, and the tips he gave on cooking pork chops (which looked incredible) were great. My mom, an avid foodie, was extremely jealous I got to watch him cook live. The owners of Westports BlueStem Bistro were even there watching, as was Joe Bastianich, the son of Lidia, who created Lidia’s in Kansas City’s freight district.

After the demonstration, I wandered around the rest of the grounds seeing what there was to offer. Of course, there were incredible food options from gorditas, to ShopHouse, to the extremely popular Pizzeria Locale. The line for the pizza was insane, and so I didn’t get to try it, but it looked and smelled incredible, and I will definitely be visiting the new Kansas City locations as soon as they open. They also offered a wide selection of craft beers from several bar areas, and were giving out free burritos and pizza coupons to people who visited all four of the educational attractions ranging from farming to GMO’s, to how to make Chipotle’s delicious guacamole from scratch.

Then it was finally time for my favorite part of the event, Portugal. The Man! Everyone in attendance seemed to crowd around the stage, and the performance did not disappoint. People were singing along, having a great time, and it was definitely the best way they could’ve chosen to end the day. They ended the set with a perfect mashup of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and their song “Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue” which made the crowd go crazy! I left the venue feeling sweaty, tired, but more than anything happy. Everyone around me seemed to feel the same. Way to go Chipotle, we hope you come and visit us again soon.


Photo Cred: Chipotle