Oakland’s Jack London Square was ground zero this weekend for a gathering of food trucks and grass-roots food businesses showcasing the great tastes of the area, with crowds enjoying the warm weather and unique food.
In its fourth year, the Eat Real Festival hasn’t slowed down at all, although this year for some odd reason it shifted. The layout of the food trucks and booths moved south a few yards, taking over the parking lot but leaving empty the heart of Jack London Square. (Not sure if it was a tactical decision by the event planners or Jack London Square not wanting the festival at the main square, but the event seemed to have lost some of its luster not taking over the spacious square.)
The planners tried to spice up this year with a few special events, such as a Meatopia meat demonstration on Friday night. I went mostly for the food, looking for some new tastes. A bowl of organic miso ramen from Youki Ramen was satisfying, even though it was a hot day for ramen. And the Korean koja (a toasted rice bun sandwich) from Koja Kitchen proved to be the popular truck with a consistently long line.
Eat Real this year kept it real with a nice selection of meat, vegan alternatives, and sweets, making it possible to keep eating all weekend long.
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