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Last Minute Bite: Eat Real Festival (Free!)

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Some of you are probably interested in discovering what the Eat Real Festival is all about. This is an annual festival of EATS, DRINKS, MAKES, and SEES at the Jack London Square!!!

Eat it. Make it. Grow it.

Tacos inspired by flavors from around the world, curry, BBQ, hot dogs, ice cream, noodles, and a whole lot more of the Bay Area's awesome curbside eats. The Eat Real Festival celebrates all things tasty, fresh, and handmade with a focus on street food, local wines, handcrafted beers, and traditional food craft – all featuring sustainable, local ingredients. And no dish costs more than $5.

But eating is only part of the fun. We also show you how to make it and grow it. From home cheesemaking to backyard chickens, you can explore a DIY lifestyle with demos and activities galore. Or just grab a taco and a beer and enjoy our full schedule of entertainment with bands, butchery contests, lit fest, and other tasty tidbits. As always, entry to the festival is 100% free.

This event is a free random walking tour of the different activities @ the festival. Please bring cash for food and drinks purchases as you may want to eat and drink along the way. We start at Miette and end at the Craft Stage Plaza to listen to the band. We are doing this event on a Friday afternoon so we can avoid the crowd on Saturday and Sunday. Hope you can make it!

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Photo by Phillip Yip

Eat Real’s putting the food back in fast. Come enjoy your favorite street foods, all with tasty, local, and fresh ingredients. Or hit up the Food Craft Marketplace for some take-home treats.


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We’ll have the Bay Area’s best street food vendors cooking up their amazing (and affordable) dishes: tacos a hundred different ways, BBQ, curry, falafel, ice cream, and more.

photo by Mona Wong

Take a bit of Eat Real home with you! The Food Craft Marketplace has honeys, jams, pickles, and other handmade goodness.

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photo by Lauren Briskin

We'll have Northern California's top handcrafted beers, local wines, and refreshing agua frescas and natural sodas to help keep you cool on a hot day. Our Hydration Stations will also dispense free water.
Beer Shed

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Head on down to the Beer Shed for our amazing selection of local small-batch brews. With nearly 20 breweries representing, no one will go thirsty
Wine Barn

photo by Alexis Smith

For you wine-aficionados out there, we’ve got a whole Wine Barn full of velvety reds, crisp whites, and tangy roses from 15 of Northern California’s top vineyards

photo by Lili Goldsmith

Our two Bev Shacks offer refreshing agua frescas, natural sodas, and other beverages for your non-alcoholic needs. And our Hydration Stations provide free water.
Jam Bar

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The Jam Bar is back! Offering classic cocktails with a twist and seasonal takes on sensational spirits. Come and learn all you ever wanted to know about the ancient art of mixology while you schmooze with your booze.

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photo by Mic Bernardo

Eating the food is only half the fun! You can also find out how to make it and grow it with our fun-filled demos and hands-on activities. Get your mitts dirty in a DIY food workshop, show off your goods with the food craft contests, or learn all the ins and outs of backyard farming.
DIY Food Craft

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Traditional food craft goes new school in our workshops on seed bombs, sauerkraut, homemade bitters, butter, and more.
DIY Contests

photo by Phillip Yip

Put your jamming, pickling, and brewing skills to the test in our Eat Real food craft competitions!
Urban County Fair

photo by Mic Bernardo

Ever wonder how to milk your own goat? Or grow a vegetable patch that actually produces enough for winter preserves?

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photo by Phillip Yip

Three days filled with music, storytelling, butchery contests, and food skill demos and performances provide some serious food-ertainment.

Food Craft Demos

photo by Eat Real

If it can be made at home, then these guys will show you how. You may never have to hit up the grocery store ever again.
Meat & Butchery

photo by Lea Zalinskis

Master butchers go head-to-head, and tail-to-tail, in our famous Flying Knives butchery contests. Only one knife-master can rule them all.
Kid's Zone

photo by David Kiang

Come enjoy kid-friendly treats and have some family fun with hands-on demos in the Kids' Kitchen.

photo by Philip Yip

Jam to great tunes while learning to make jam or just grab some BBQ and a beer and relax as our bands and DJs drop some of the tastiest beats.

See you by Miette's entrance at 2 PM!


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