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Keeping it Real

Help promote small food vendors while enjoying delicious local food at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland!


Phillip Yip

Roll on over to Oakland’s Eat Real Festival September 23–25 for the tailgate party of the year. The fest draws the region’s ever-growing collection of food trucks with tastes of everything from clam chowder to fresh falafel to Korean tacos. Last year’s event packed Jack London Square, bringing in more than 110,000 people over the three days.

But it’s more than just food trucks; Eat Real is about promoting small food vendors and eating local. This year’s festival features a variety of educational food demonstrations and workshops (everything from cheese-making to butchering demos), and offers a marketplace dedicated to purveyors of craft foods such as jams and pickled veggies made right here in our own backyard.

Director Susan Coss says it’s all about “creating an open and friendly way for folks to interact with the people who are making their food. That will always be at the core of who we are.”

For info, go to eatrealfest.com

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