Cultivate Fest in Loring Park Attracts Thousands


Christopher Mark Juhn

Fans gathered watching bands at the Cultivate Festival on Aug. 22, 2015 in Loring Park, Minneapolis, Minn.

Thousands of people converged onto Loring Park on August 22nd for this year’s version of Chipotle Cultivate Festival. Cultivate is an event that’s held in several different US cities each year and features food, music, education about where food comes from. It’s free for anybody to attend.

Caiti Carrow, manager of national events for Wagstaff International said that “Cultivate is a celebration of food, music and ideas. Cultivate is intended to get people thinking and talking about food and food issues, and how to create a more sustainable future. While many festival-goers come for the entertainment, the free festival also offers an experience for all ages to learn something new.”

Cultivate had a much greater turnout than last year including drawing in some MCTC students. “The music selection was pretty good, I went because I knew X Ambassadors and Walk the Moon, I didn’t listen to the other bands. Music selection was pretty awesome as far as popular bands. However, Walk the Moon didn’t perform,” said Brittney LaFond, a student in the photography program. Walk the Moon didn’t perform due to safety reasons because of rain and the possibility of lightning. The event ended around 5:30 pm.

This years event featured the bands Anderson East, Atlas Genius, Hippo Campus, X Ambassadors, and Walk the Moon. Between sets DJ Christopher Golub played music. Cultivate also featured chef demos and had Jamie Malone, Jim Christiansen, Richard Blais, Erik Anderson, Gavin Kaysen, and Andrew Zimmern who is the host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods. Andrew opened with a statement to bring attention to the epidemic of starvation in this country.

Cultivate featured 5 educational stations. This years stations were fresh vs processed, factory vs farm, a cinema, a GMO education station, and guac from scratch. Anyone who saw 4 of them got a card for a free burrito.

This year’s Cultivate recorded over 3,000 pounds of fresh produce donated to RS Eden, a local hunger relief effort, 4,300 water bottles filled in the water station in Minneapolis, and between 8 to 9.5 tons of compost being diverted from landfills between all 3 cities.

Cultivate came to an early end this year but it seemed to have a lot more attendance than last year. Cultivate will happen next year but the cities have not been chosen yet.