Eat Real Festival celebrates 10 years at Jack London Square

Oakland, Calif. – September 11, 2018: Jack London Square’s biggest event of the year, Eat Real Festival, celebrates its 10th year at the Oakland waterfront this Friday through Sunday. More than 75,000 people are expected to attend the family-friendly festival with local food vendors, artisan products and cooking demonstrations by some of the Bay Area’s top chefs.

“Eat Real is an opportunity to adventure beyond your usual food choices, and try new cuisines all in one location,” said Port of Oakland Commercial Real Estate Director Pamela Kershaw. “Lots of families come to this big street party for more than just good eats; they’re here to enjoy the music and free entertainment in our beautiful waterfront setting.”

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The event will be a celebration of multi-cultural flavors including Mexican, Native American and Hawaiian Poke. Attendees can choose from more than 100 sustainably sourced menu items, craft beers and cocktails and do-it-yourself classes.

Eat Real’s Family Fun Zone, located at Harrison Street and Embarcadero, will feature circus performers from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Top Bay Area food vendors will appear at Eat Real, including Gerard’s Paella, alaMar, Southern Comfort Kitchen and Donut Savant. Visitors can learn where food comes from, who grows it and how to make it.

Cooking demonstration draws the crowd’s attention at Eat Real Festival 2017 in Jack London Square

Eat Real Festival schedule:

  • Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.;
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
  • and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Craft Institute.

Jack London Square venues will be open including Ben and Jerry’s, Belcampo, Dyafa, Farmhouse Kitchen, Forge, Kincaid’s, Lungomare, Plank, Rosenblum Cellars and Scott’s Seafood. Restaurants with outdoor dining are pet-friendly.

Transportation options to the Square include AC Transit, the Alameda/SF Bay Ferry, Amtrak, biking, walking and driving. For directions to the Oakland waterfront, please go here.


About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port’s 5-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at

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