Big name chefs, exclusive beers and a sneak peek at two new concepts with ties to Chipotle. Kansas City is the next stop on Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival and admission is free to the fest in Penn Valley Park that runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Let’s dig into the food, beer and why you should join a few other thousand folks. This is your one shot (currently) to try ShopHouse — the Southeast Asian eatery that Chipotle is in the process of slowing rolling out — and its rice bowls (think green curry, green papaya slaw and and chicken meatballs). You can also get a look at Pizzeria Locale’s (which opens Wednesday in Waldo) take on a margherita pizza. You can also sample brews and wines from more than a dozen breweries and wineries, including a saison brewed specifically for the event by Boulevard.
The big draw for food lovers might be the chefs lineup. It’s killer. Tim Love (5:15 p.m.), Amanda Freitag (2:15 p.m.), Graham Elliot (3 p.m.) and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (12:50 p.m.) join Bluestem/Rye’s Colby Garrelts (11:30 a.m.) for appearances on a chef’s stage.
Summer is summer without a corn dog. The Cass County Fair runs through Sunday in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. There’s bluegrass, cabbages of unusual size (as part of the horticulture show) and even a beer fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Need a reason to celebrate? How about Belgian Independence Day? Join The Foundry (424 Westport Road) in celebrating Belgian Independence Day three days before the actual holiday. Starting at 12 p.m., they’ll be pouring a celebration-worthy slate of Belgian brews, including their own Belgian-style Wit, Mikkeller Spontanapricot, 4 Hands Hugo Saison and Boulevard’s Saison-Brett 2014.
Get our picnic blanket and your best potato salad. Kansas City’s Big Picnic returns Sunday to the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be food trucks if you’re out of mayo, as well as the Pianos on Parade. Keep an eye out for human-sized ants and giant food from the StoneLion Puppet Theater.
There’s an old-fashioned ice cream social Sunday. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are holding a circus-themed social from 12 to 4 p.m. on National Ice Cream Day with free Shatto ice cream. Donations for the ice cream as well as raffle ticket sales will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital. The social will be at Kansas City Northern Miniature Railroad at Frank Vaydik Park (60th Street and NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, Missouri).