Eat Real Festival
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Member Reviews (4)
- Eat Real FestivalAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Nov 23, 2013
The festival is really neat and it's HUGE! My friends and I came early, which I recommend. By late afternoon, there were long lines for virtually all the food/drink stands and the crowd was shoulder-to-shoulder. It was tough to get around, but luckily, we were ready to get out of there. Great festival to go with friends or family...and you can bring pets. Lots of things to do here -- from watching cooking demos to entertainment for kids and adults alike. There are TONS of different food and drink stands!
- Eat Real FestivalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2First to ReviewNov 06, 2013
My 3rd year to Eat Real Festival and I still love this event to death. If I must complain, the Food Vendor list is a bit shy compare to previous years. Not as many organic and healthy choices. However, it is refreshing to see many more new and upcoming food vendors serving up some amazing delicious food.
My favorites of this year
- Roast Pig from Chop Bar
- Popsicles from Fat Face (Glad to see them coming back year after year. They are one of the reason I look forward to Eat Real)
- Exotically flavored Soda from Taylors' Tonics
- Fried Smelt from ForageSF
- Kouign Amann from Starter Bakery
- Spinach Knish from Tante's
- Roasted Corn that came with the slider from Jim N Nick's BBQ
- Spicy Jalapeno Jam from Inna Jam!
As I have mentioned many times before, get here early if you want to avoid the long lines. I got there just before 11am and did not have to wait more than 10 minutes for any vendors. It gets really crowded after 1 as some of the lines got ridiculously long.
Eat to your heart's content, enjoy the music and the friendly crowd. I always have so much more fun at Eat Real than SF Street Food Festival even though the SF one has more stellar travel food vendors. The simpler logistics (no silly vouchers to deal with), cheaper smaller portion (nothing over $5 so you can sample more food) and larger venue (lots more area to chill) won me over.
- Eat Real FestivalMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Sep 12, 2012
The Eat Real Festival is like an East Bay Foodie's Food Truck orgy! In September when the Indian summer is kicking in heat, it is time to come tothis festival and pick you eats! Great festival offering a wide variety of foods to sample and buy, all in the heart of Oakland's waterfront Jack London Square area, and the gentrified packing district.
This like the county fair, sans the rides and super unhealthy food! No deep fried HoHos here! The idea is to offer "real food", whatever that means, but originally, healthy, sustainable, even organic foods. I think this is where that now over-used term "Artisanal" perpetuated itself.
But it is a fun time to come and get your grub on, like an outdoor food court in your local mall, without the shopping!