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Food: Like we said, this is more than just burritos. Chipotle chefs put together a special menu using local ingredients, as well as a preview of their new Asian concept ShopHouse. Naturally-raised beef gets incorporated into barbacoa chili. Tacos are made with humanely raised chicken or steak. The vegetarian taco features organic tofu, and all three are served with roasted salsa and cheese. In true Midwestern fashion, there is a pork offering in the form of a carnitas toata. ShopHouse will be serving jasmine rice with pork and chicken meatballs or tofu.
More Food: Did we almost forget to mention the series of superstar chefs that flew in from across the country for cooking demos? Shame on us. John Shook & Vinny Dotolo, Zakary Pelaccio, Amanada Freitag and Richard Blais represent the imports in the West Test. Paul Kahan, Danny Grant, Matthais Merges, Sarah Grueneberg and Chris Pandel will stand up for Chicago in the East tent.
Music: Headliners include G. Love & Special Sauce as well as local favorite JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. LP, Allen Stone, J Roddy Walston & The Business as well as Chris Gould will also make appearances on the music stage.
Ideas: If you want a burrito, you will have to work for it. Throughout the festival, five experience tents break down what goes into making a single Chipotle burrito. From the “avocado experience” where guests learn what it takes to grow avocadoes that turn into guacamole, to the “arcade experience” that puts gamers to the test with Pig2Pasture, it takes a lot of work to make Mexican food. After visiting each station, guests will have a program stamped. Turn in completed programs in exchange for a coupon for a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos.
Bonus: Do not leave without stopping at the brewers’ hall and artisans’ tent. Over a dozen microbreweries will be pouring beers, and all profits from go to FamilyFarmed.org. Our favorite small yet mighty vendors will be displaying (and selling) their goods in the adjacent tent. Shop for sweets from Puffs of Doom and Truffle Truffle, or fruity offerings from Seedling and Peeled, and may others such as Black Dog Gelato and Intelligentsia Coffee.