From September 19 to 21, dozens of vendors served hundreds of meals to what seemed like thousands of people at the Eat Real Festival at Jack London Sq. in Oakland. As the name suggests, all the vendors had some “real” food to offer: most items were made from organic ingredients, with plenty of vegan specialties and many meals made from locally-sourced materials. There were some unexpected flavor combinations and strange-sounding ingredients, but the friendly vendors were more than happy to share their knowledge (and a wide array of samples) with everyone.
For the sweet tooth in all of us:
These show-stopping nut butter fountains definitely drew in some experimenters and nut lovers:
The rustic plating of these French macarons sure felt like a little sanctuary in the woods away from the noisy crowds and smokey air:
The elusive Liège waffle made an appearance as well, pictured here in its maple-bacon form:
My personal favorite: instant, no-fire-needed s’mores! They are toasted right before your eyes, then handed over while still warm. Genius. Find some other fun spins on this gooey dessert here.
All about the samples:
While we do love Costco for its wonderful samples, the ones at the Eat Real Food Festival take the cake. From creative mustard “palettes” to beer and fancy cooking school demos, the samples alone were enough to fill even sizable bellies.
There is just something mesmerizing about watching whole lamb chops being chopped up…usually leading to an irresistible sandwich in your hands. It can also inspire the chef in all of us to venture forth and try some lamb recipes.
Let’s not forget about adorably terrible puns either:
No food festival is complete without this American classic:
There was a plethora of cultural foods ranging from Asian to Latin American to Persian. These Spanish paellas were cooked in impressively large paella dishes and smelled impressively delicious:
Yes, the Korean BBQ chicken kebab was good. Very good. If chicken is not your thing, try using beef with this bulgogi marinade for a satisfying dinner.