It was perfect weather this weekend for the annual Eat Real Fest in Oakland, providing sunny and warm (but not hot) days for the crowds mingling around Jack London Square eating from food booths and trucks.

This three-day event is always a bit more manageable than the San Francisco version, which happens on just one day. I think having three days lets the crowds spread out, so the lines aren’t as crazy long and the people aren’t packed shoulder to shoulder.

There were a few new names among the line-up, including new Jack London Square restaurants’ Lungomare, Forge, and Nido. And then there were new trucks like Dora’s Donuts aka Shut Yer Hole truck, and Garden Creamery from the North Bay.

I think my favorite bite was the pork belly and polenta from Lungomare. Even though it might have been slightly salty, the polenta was perfectly creamy. The pickled red onions helped cut into the pork belly. I also tried some old favorites. You can’t go wrong trying the steamed buns at The Chairman, and I got in line for Koja Kitchen, except I was disappointed that they’re no longer making their rice cake buns and instead are making regular corn tortilla tacos, albeit with Korean flavors.

Here are some of my shots from this year’s festival.

Mini malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) covered with orange cinnamon sugar from Dora's Donuts aka Shut Yer Hole truck. She sold all kind of mini donuts like beignets for $5 a box.

Mini malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) covered with orange cinnamon sugar from Dora’s Donuts aka Shut Yer Hole truck. She sold all kind of mini donuts like beignets for $5 a box.

Ham hanging at the Nora paella food booth

Ham hanging at the Nora paella food booth

This was the theme of the day

This was the theme of the day

Pork belly with polenta from Lungomare restaurant

Pork belly with polenta from Lungomare restaurant

Some of the new restaurants joining the festival lineup was Juhu Beach Club, which had a really colorful booth

Some of the new restaurants joining the festival lineup was Juhu Beach Club, which had a really colorful booth

Coca Cola pork bun from The Chairman

Coca Cola pork bun from The Chairman

Korean BBQ chicken taco from Koja Kitchen

Korean BBQ chicken taco from Koja Kitchen

Food trucks parked in the side parking area of Jack London Square

Food trucks parked in the side parking area of Jack London Square

Vendor cooks up some sausages inside the Marketplace at the festival

Vendor cooks up some sausages inside the Marketplace at the festival

Lamb poutine was a big draw

Lamb poutine was a big draw

Thai Iced Tea flavored sorbet (vegan) from Garden Creamery truck

Thai Iced Tea flavored sorbet (vegan) from Garden Creamery truck

Cucumber drink was refreshing in the heat from Soda Craft

Cucumber drink was refreshing in the heat from Soda Craft

The Homeroom booth selling mac and cheese

The Homeroom booth selling mac and cheese

Eat Real Fest had perfect weather and made it an enjoyable day for families

Eat Real Fest had perfect weather and made it an enjoyable day for families

7 Responses to Eat Real Fest 2013 in Oakland’s Jack London Square

  1. Shikha says:

    I went on Saturday and found the festival to be extremely manageable and not crowded at all, actually much less crowded than the last couple of years. And just as you said, the weather was perfect for it!

    • DrTune says:

      “not crowded at all” & “much less crowded” = not good for business.
      Vendors that lose money buying perishable supplies etc won’t return.

  2. sandy says:

    it was fun to hang out, thanks for getting those refreshing sodas, I liked that the best!

    • Ben Ben says:

      It was great running into you Sandy! But how could I miss you with your big rainbow umbrella! 😉

  3. Row says:

    Gorgeous photos, as always! Now I’m hungry. 🙂

  4. Carolyn Jung says:

    That is disappointing about Koja’s rice cake “buns.” I saw them featured recently on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and was intrigued by the way they made the rice cakes.