oakland

The first of three days at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland was the stereotypical California day: a balmy, sunny 85 degrees. Unfortunately, I chose to attend the festival the second day when the temperature plummeted over 20 degrees and the coastal fog of the morning lifted into heavy cloud cover. Luckily it didn’t rain! On Saturday, September 24th in Jack London Square, the scent of meat roasting over open coals against crisp fall air tinged with sea salt was divine. Within a few hours of my arrival, every Bay Area foodie was packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the square, waiting patiently for homemade tamales, organic bánh mì and hand-dipped corn dogs. Eat Real coordinates festivals annually...