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Monday, August 24, 2009

Eat Real Festival August 28-30, 2009

...a mostly free celebration of sustainably produced street food,
coming to Jack London Square, August 28-30.
Time: Fri, 4PM - 9PM, Sat, 10 AM - 9PM, Sun, 10AM - 5PM

Eat Real shares similar local, sustainable values with the slow food movement, but it also focuses on accessibility and affordability.

Eat Real will mix restaurant-driven, trendy food carts like the crème brulée truck and sexy soup lady with the traditional taco trucks and barbeque outposts that have been feeding city workers for years.

A comparable number of farmers and food artisans from nine Bay Area counties will set up stalls inside the Jack London Market where they will sell and sample products. There will also be 40 Northern California microbreweries in the beer shed.

Oakland restaurants participating in the event include Camino, Pizzaiolo, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Miss Pearl’s Jam House and Radio Africa.

Several new Jack London Square businesses, including Bocanova restaurant and Miette Patisserie, will open in conjunction with the festival.

Attendees must pay for beer and food, but vendors agreed to keep their food offerings under $5, and an eight-beer tasting costs $20 in advance.

Proceeds from the event will benefit La Cocina, People’s Grocery and Buy Fresh, Buy Local, three nonprofits that support food entrepreneurs.

How do I get there? It's easy to get to the square by ferry, train, bus, car, bike, or BART—the Lake Merritt BART stop is only six blocks away.

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