Are you hungry? Good. Grab a friend and go down to Oakland’s Jack London Square for this weekend’s Eat Real Festival.
70+ local foodmakers are serving up small plates of delicious, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced food. There’s music, live demos, tastings, a kid’s zone, and more: the producers describe the festival as a combination of “a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party.” The full schedule of events is here: eatrealfest.com/events/oakland/map-schedule
Also, entry is free, all plates are $8 or less, and profits support the educational non-profit Food Craft Institute.
Bring a friend or two so you can share plates. Otherwise, no matter how carefully you pace yourself, you’ll get full before you can taste nearly enough different items. If such a thing does happen, don’t panic. You can still:
- Listen to live music at one of the stages
- Watch an oyster shuck-off or sausage stuffing contest, try your hand at pickling, learn about eating down the food chain, and more (full demo schedule)
- Enjoy craft beer, cocktails, kombucha, cold-pressed juice, and other adult and all-ages beverages
- Talk to farmers, ranchers, and local food producers, and learn where your food comes from
This last item is my favorite part of events like this. Sure, I enjoy eating my own weight in beignets, tamales, and pulled pork sliders. But I love learning the stories behind the food, from the people who live it. How Happy Girl Kitchen Co. works with local farmers to prevent food waste — and make some of the most amazing preserves you’ve ever tasted. Why Bitter Queens tobacco bitters don’t contain any tobacco — but evoke the feeling of stepping into a first-class humidor.
Eat Real Festival 2014
- Entry is FREE
- All plates are $8 or less
- Located in Jack London Square, located off of Broadway and 1st in Oakland, CA.
- Friday, Sept 19: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept 20: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept 21: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.