Taking place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and Sunday, September 22, 2019, the event is all about “good food, good drinks, and good people.” It is a combination of a state fair, food festival, and block party to celebrate good eats, along with bringing awareness about where our food comes from, who grows it, how it is grown, and how to cook it. Additionally, there is live music and cooking demos, family friendly activities, and other ticketed culinary experiences!
Eat Real Festival is free to attend with affordably priced foods and drinks. There are over 50 vendors, each committed to incorporating regionally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients. There are also over 30 craft beers, wines, cocktails, and nonalcoholic beverages to try!
Below are the eats I got to try!
Korean BBQ Chicken from Bombzies BBQ ($10): This Korean BBQ Chicken was delish, and also big enough to share! Served with jasmine rice, green onions, kimchi, and chicken marinaded in soy sauce, rice wine and garlic, it was a great savory dish!
Chili Lime Taco from Monterey Seafood Watch Truck ($5): Who doesn’t like fish tacos? Better yet, who doesn’t like eating fish tacos knowing you are also helping to support better fishing and farming practices to save the ocean?! This local wild rockfish taco was great with organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO tortilla, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, onions, cilantro, crème fraishe, and lime! Yummy!
Customized Bar from Frozen Kuhsterd ($6): Frozen Kuhsterd serves unique flavored frozen treats, such as Black Sesame, Cornflake Cereal Milk, Tiger Milk Tea, Ube, Strawberry Port Wine, and much more! This sweet treat was a perfect way to cool down from heat!
Lastly, I got to try beverages from 21st Amendment, Almanac Beer Co., Kevita, and Electrolit, all of which were refreshing!
I had a great time at Eat Real Festival! It’s a fun event to check out for good eats and drinks, and to mingle with others who enjoy eating and drinking, as well! Last but not least, I am all about Eat Real's mission to "help revitalize regional food systems, build public awareness of and respect for the craft of making good food and to encourage the growth of American food entrepreneurs."
Food for thought: It is important to eat delicious food, but also important to become aware of how our food and dining choices can contribute to a healthier environment and community.