Eat Real Fest 2011 Preview: Fewer Trucks, More Pickles
|Joseph Schell/SF Weekly|
|Pickle stand at the 2010 Eat Real Fest.|
For one, the date: This year's festival will take place September 23-25 in Oakland's Jack London Square, one month after the SF Street Food Festival instead of a week or two. And according to director Susan Coss, whom SFoodie spoke to a few days ago, the organizers are cutting the number of street food vendors from 90 to 60 -- hopefully preventing the logjam that occurred at last year's festival -- and introducing a Craft Food Market showcasing 30 picklers, jammers, pasta makers, and coffee roasters, some of whom are Underground Market vendors recently gone legit.
"Our tagline this year is 'eat it, make it, grow it,'" Coss says. "We want people to come in to the festival at any point where they're comfortable, whether they just want to eat great food or learn how to make it."
This year, Eat Real is adding kegged wines ("It's great to not have to deal with all those bottles," Coss says), a community bread oven and baking demonstrations, and a demonstration garden with experienced volunteers on hand to answer questions from prospective backyard gardeners and chicken
The full lineup of vendors and performers will be posted on the Eat Real Fest website in September, and SFoodie will track new announcements as they come out.