âA dish that always brings people together"
Real Food Festival Oakland, California This Weekend!
We're heading over to Oakland tomorrow for the first day of the second annual Real Food Festival. This festival is all about real food, slow food, local food. "Gourmet" or slow food is taking huge leaps here with "gourmet" food trucks like Seoul On Wheels to the Creme Brulee Cart-YUM! Venga Paella is at the top of our list to visit and EAT. He has been featured on the Food Network in a Bobby Flay Thrown down......Bobby lost.
Eat Real 2010
Eat Real will consist of 80 stands in Jack London Square. Qualifications for participation are simple: The food must taste good, as determined by the Eat Real staff. Bites will cost $1 to $5.
The festival includes live music, a literature festival and demonstrations, including a butchery contest that will pit two butchers against two pigs, a "great butter shakedown" that will gather crowd members in an attempt to break the world record in buttermaking, and slightly less theatrical events, such as jammaking and coffee roasting.
Replacing last year's not-so-successful farmers' market will be "Craft Collaborations," where producers pair with chefs or other producers to create dishes available only at the festival. Rancho Gordo Beans and Boccalone, for example, are collaborating to make a $3 chili.
"People will get to taste more premium products at an affordable price," Fernald says, "but there's also a broader educational goal of showing that a pack of beans can be turned into five $2 meals."