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.
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