Chipotle Cultivate Festival hopes to change the way people think about food

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Thousands came out for the Chipotle Cultivate Food, Ideas and Music Festival Saturday at Penn Valley Park. It’s the first time the event has been held in Kansas City. Organizers said they hope the event sparks a food movement.

Teresa Poppingo, the owner of Poppy’s Ice Cream and Coffeehouse in Lee's Summit, was one of several local vendors at the festival Saturday. Poppingo, talking of her homemade ice cream, said she only serves the best.

“We use the purest ingredients you can find. We don't cut corners on quality," she said.

Chris Arnold with Chipotle said that’s was the festival is all about; better food.

"The more people understand about food the more they're going to want to make better decisions,” said Arnold.

Arnold said by mixing fun with learning, organizers hope people start asking questions about what they're eating.

"You give them an opportunity to learn a little something about food and how it's raised and how it's produced and how it gets to them,” he said. "It's also about helping people develop greater understanding about food and food issues or greater curiosity about food,” said Arnold.

Poppingo said Kansas City has been ready and is ahead of the curve.

“I think Kansas City is kind of finally getting the recognition it should be getting after all these years, you know, just with the restaurant scene, the chefs that are out there,” she said.

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival was a one-day event.

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