Food Craft Institute’s 7th Annual Eat Real Festival 2015 | September 18-20
Eat Real celebrated their 7th anniversary! The annual Eat Real Festival ran this past weekend from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20 (Friday: 1:00PM—9:00 PM, Saturday: 10:30 AM—9:00 PM, Sunday: 10:30 AM—5:00 PM) at Oakland’s Jack London Square (65 Webster Street, west of Embarcadero).
The Eat Real Festival is part street fair, street-food festival and block party. Presented by the Food Craft Institute, Eat Real spotlights a curated selection of local vendors and food stalls, showcasing food entrepreneurs, artisan products, and Oakland’s top chefs, while encouraging sustainable growth in regional food systems. As always, Eat Real attendance is 100% FREE of charge, and all food at thefestival features regionally sourced, sustainably produced ingredients. A wide selection of street food from regional food trucks and vendors is available and all priced at $8.00 or less.
Back for its seventh straight year, the festival highlighted the best of the Bay’s food and beverage craft, featuring the return of Drink Real and the Flying Knives Butchery Breakdown, as well as newcomers like “DIY DRY”–a pop-up centered around ways to conserve water–and Global Fast Food Friday featuring acclaimed local chefs.
Here’s a sampling of the featured tastings, DIY workshops, competitions and celebrated local chef demos that the Eat Real Festival put on this year:
- Global Fast Food Friday: A tour of traditional “fast foods” from around the world with cooking demos from acclaimed Oakland chefs like Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club, Dominica Rice-Cisneros of Cosecha, Anya Fernald of Belcampo Meat Co. and Rick Hackett of Bocanova, highlighting quick and easy cuisine like Indian chaat, Italian antipasti, street tacos and more; featuring Yelp Community Director Stephanie Yolish as emcee.
- Flying Knives Butchery Breakdowns: Bay Area’s top butchers face off in this yearly Eat Realtradition. On Saturday, marvel at the team from Belcampo Meat Co.demonstrating their chops as they break beef on-stage and teach the best cooking techniques for all parts of the animal. Then on Sunday, watch competing butchers break down a whole hog in record time in front of a crowd of cheering fans, co-hosted by The Butchers’ Guild and Llano Seco.
- Drink Real: Enjoy $10 tasting flights, mixologist demos, ‘meet the brewer’ panels, alcohol pairings (bitters, ciders, herbal infusions), the return of the beloved Jam Bar for craft cocktails along with the legendary Beer Shed—curated by Master Cicerone Nicole Erny—with 20 taps of local craft brews flowing all weekend long. NEW THIS YEAR: Eat Real’s first-ever Cider Saloon featuring a premium selection of the nation’s best hard ciders!
- “DIY DRY”: Take part in pop-up programming centered around ways to conserve water as a conscientious eater and gardener, including:
- The World of Legumes: Discover the protein-rich plants that are just as healthy for you as they are for the soil and the planet. This interactive panel will offer heirloom and artisanal legume treats, from beans to lentils to tofu, and discuss the role of legumes in a sustainable food system. Featured panelists include Liz Carlisle (Lentil Underground), Minh Tsai of Hodo Soy Beanery, David Oien (Timeless Food), Steve Sando (Rancho Gordo) and Dr. Lawrence Kushi (Kaiser Permanente).
- Water-Wise Gardening with Sunset Magazine: Join the Gardening Team from Sunset Magazine for a hands-on demo of how to put together a low-water succulent container garden. Featuring tips and information from their latest release “Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings.”
Oishii Moments was just blown away by the incredible food quality and innovation. How is it that we never hopped across the bay until this year to take part in Eat Real? Well, it’s never too late to GET REAL! We’re definitely coming back next year and every year after! All-organic, all-real food CAN and DOES taste incredible at this fest. Proof that we all can Eat Real and eat fun all at the same time. No high fructose corn syrup or preservatives to be found here. On September 18-20, 2015, BHA, artificial colors and flavoring all headed for the hills! Recommendation … put Eat Real in your calendar for next year!