The second Eat Real Festival takes over Oakland's Jack London Square this weekend, bigger and craftier than last year. CHOW's a sponsor, and we're even putting on a film screening—Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., on the pretty grassy hill overlooking the water.
Last year's event was focused on street food, and lots of hounds attended and reported back. On the Bay Area board, AlizaEss asked for recommendations and majordanby replied that "I went early on Sunday last year and found the lines manageable. I think the event will attract a lot more people this year, so it would be best to get there early." majordanby also singles out Chop Bar's roasted pork: "damn fine pig!"
For this weekend's event, the street food will be in full effect but the additional focus is on what they're calling "food craft," meaning the DIY aesthetic that seems to have everyone foraging fennel pollen and discussing what strain of hops to use in their home-brew. The street food vendors in attendance represent the cream of the already creamy crop in the Bay Area—LIBA Falafel, Namu, 4505 Meats. And the demos are pretty much a greatest hits of urban homesteading. You can wander along from watching a goat be butchered to learning how to make Kombucha to milking a goat. Take a look at the full schedule and plan your attack.
We've posted Eat Real founder Anya Fernald's Food Craft Manifesto, and we've featured a few of the Eat Real crafters in our videos (Iso Rabins and Ryan Farr). We're excited about the festival, and we hope to see you there!