We walked into Oakland’s Jack London Square, where at the edge of a crowded parking lot, a collection of colorful food trucks sat under a blazing sun that beat down on their metallic roofs, causing everyone to slide on sunglasses and bare those vitamin-D deprived shoulders. Today was the Eat Real Festival, 2013, and I was one giddy lady. This was going to be a fabulously sweaty, food-filled day. Learning from the last few years, we had our top spots already mapped out. We snagged up a few beef pho rolls at the entrance, topped them with some fish sauce, then headed straight for the beer tent. It was hot and we all needed something, anything cold to beat the heat, preferably something alcoholic.
With mason-jarred beers in hand, we set up camp in front of the main stage. Next up, whole pig butchery, where top butchers from around the bay took turns demonstrating the preparation of the various cuts of pork. Our appetites were growing, so we took turns making food runs while watching the professionals expertly section of various cuts. We tried Alabama BBQ (from Alabama, the state!), ramen, street tacos, iced coffee, fermented soda and pickles of every shape and size. Oh, and the popsicles. The flavorful, colorful, glorious popsicles. The empty plate tower in the middle of our blanket started to grow as large as the pig on the stage.
With a few too many people to fit on our infamous rainbow blanket, shoes were kicked off and we all snuggled in. The afternoon wore on as the sun flushed our faces faces and the food comas set in. Until next year Eat Real.
Jim N Nick’s Bar BQ
Juhu Beach Club
Rice Paper Scissors
The Whole Beast
Soda Craft SF