Sample new foods, and enjoy chef demos and cooking competitions at this year's Eat Real Festival.

Sample new foods, and enjoy chef demos and cooking competitions
at this year’s Eat Real Festival.

Bring a good appetite to this high-energy street-food festival, where you’ll find a delicious variety of food and drink made from regionally sourced, sustainably produced ingredients. The popular annual event, now in its 8th year, features street food from regional food trucks and vendors, all priced at $8 or less. Look for an array of savory and sweet dishes from pizza, tamales, and Asian BBQ to sweet potato peach pie and frozen custard. Guests can also “Drink Real” with $10 tasting flights, sommelier demos, alcohol pairings, craft brews, and more. Local chef demos, tastings, cooking competitions, and DIY workshops add to the fun and learning. Proceeds from Eat Real support the nonprofit Food Craft Institute, which offers education and training in traditional food craft, entrepreneurship, and economic development for small business. Admission is free. Info: here

Eat Real Festival
Friday–Sunday, September 23–25,
Fri 1–9pm, Sat 10:30am–9pm, Sun 10:30am–5pm
Jack London Square, Oakland (65 Webster St, west of Embarcadero)

Frozen Kuhsterd is one of many treats to savor at Eat Real, a street food fest in Jack London Square.

Frozen Kuhsterd is one of many treats to savor at Eat Real,
a street food fest in Jack London Square.

Top photo by Scout Hebinck. Frozen Kuhsterd photo by Mona Wong.