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.
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