Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square offers symphony of innovative foods

Oakland, CA (Sept. 21, 2017) – The Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square returns to the Oakland waterfront this Friday through Sunday. The event celebrates regional and sustainable food craft in three city blocks with local food vendors, artisan products, craft beers and demonstrations from the Bay Area’s top chefs and culinary experts.

The family-friendly event is free to attend with food and beverage available for purchase. Organizers say more than 650,000 people have experienced the festival since 2009.

“Whether you’re a casual foodie or a serious aficionado you can pick up new food-making skills at Eat Real,” said Festival Director, Ally DeArman. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization Food Craft Institute.

The Oakland Symphony will perform on the Main Stage Saturday, creating a dinner set to enjoy along with tasty treats from more than 70 local food vendors.

Eat Real’s Family Fun Zone will provide hands-on activities for people of all ages. The Port of Oakland will host a table where youngsters can learn to make container crane models on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11AM to 1PM. City Slickers Farms will join the Port table to help kids learn how to grow perennials.

Jack London Square merchants including Belcampo Meat Co., Baia Pasta, California Canoe & Kayak, and Lungomare plan to offer weekend-long specials and interactive activities. Eat Real welcomes newcomer Aburaya Japanese Fried Chicken among others, and celebrates the return of festival favorites including Humphry Slocombe, and Clove & Hoof.

When: September 22-24, 2017
Friday: 3 – 9 PM; Saturday: 10:30 AM – 9 PM; Sunday: 10:30 AM – 6 PM

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Transportation SF Bay Ferry, the free “B” that runs along Broadway, public transit, biking, walking and driving. For directions to Jack London Square, please go here. Capitol Corridor train from Sacramento to San Jose; get off at Jack London Square’s Amtrak station (directly adjacent to the Eat Real Festival).

About the Port of Oakland The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. 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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