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Eat Real Festival - "Putting the food back in fast"

By: Rachelle Santucci  The second annual Eat Real Festival was held at Oakland’s Jack London Square from August 28-30.

Designed to “put the food back in fast”, the festival featured everything from street food vendors to farmers’ market-type stands, and a beer shed with more than 40 brews served in Mason jars. Each of the three days featured different events, including a canning and forage exchange, live music, outdoor films, and a demo kitchen.

Entrance was free and the so-called street eats cost between $1 and $5. Even though the food lines were lengthy, the crowd was all smiles. There was more then enough room for everyone to move around and find a grassy spot to sit and eat while watching a band or just admiring the bay view.

In order to cut down on lines, visitors to the beer shed paid $25 for a ticket that got them four 8-ounce tastings and a souvenir Mason jar with the Eat Real logo.

A few food standouts at the well-organized festival included paella, chowder, ice cream and gelato, Mexican, Korean, and barbeque.

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