This weekend in Oakland is a major food bonanza in Jack London Square by the waterfront.

Crowds of people are taking advantage of the unusually warm weather to be outside and eating from food booths at the annual Eat Real Festival, a showcase of sustainable foods from local restaurants and food trucks.

But toward the center of Jack London Square, a tiny food event in its second year is taking place at the restaurant Lungomare. And that’s where I was yesterday with my friends Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging, Christina of East Bay Dish and Brenda of Bites and Bourbon as we feasted at Town Eats 2016.

The event is from the people behind Lungomare, who’s also associated with Calavera and Chop Bar, all in Oakland. On Saturday, it was the pig cookoff where chefs from the three restaurants presented dishes that featured a whole roasted pig that they cooked from the early morning.

It was an all you can eat affair for $15, but I really was so full after just trying the three dishes, which also came with sides like couscous and cole slaw. It was also a friendly competition where diners voted for their favorite dish.

Today Town Eats continues with a focus on heirloom tomatoes. If you’re done with the crowds at Eat Real, you might consider wandering over to Lungomare to check out Town Eats.

The crew from Chop Bar unveiling their whole roasted pig.

The crew from Chop Bar unveiling their whole roasted pig.

There where every parts of the pig for the offering.

There where every parts of the pig for the offering.

Chopping into the tender pork.

Chopping into the tender pork. Is your mouth watering yet?

Among my group, this was the favorite dish from Chop Bar with pineapple and jalapeno cole slaw.

Among my group, this was the favorite dish from Chop Bar with pineapple and jalapeno cole slaw.

Close up of pig cuts

Close up of pig cuts

The chef from Lungomare preparing his pork plate.

The chef from Lungomare preparing his pork plate.

This was my favorite plate from Lungomare, which had a variety of pig items from the main cut, chicharron, Israeli couscous pearls salad and pate.

This was my favorite plate from Lungomare, which had a variety of pig items from the main cut, chicharron, Israeli couscous pearls salad and pate.

2 Responses to Pigging Out at Town Eats 2016 in Jack London Square + Video

  1. Brenda Ton says:

    Awesome recap and shots! It was challenging with the lighting.