Jack London Square hosts Taste of Oakland series

Oakland, Calif. – July 5, 2018: Jack London Square hosts the first of three Taste of Oakland festivals Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free, multicultural event will feature live music, tech demos and local food and craft vendors.

Yoga sessions and soccer clinics kick off the day at 7:30 a.m. Celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw will give a cooking demonstration, making a meal from fresh organic produce.

The event includes internship opportunities for youngsters. Youth Aid Summer Camp interns, ages 8 to 18, will gain experience in technology and coding for industry level computer programming. Youth Aid works with children from underserved communities.

“Students from the camp will be helping out with the tech lab and demonstration, as well as setting up sound equipment on stage,” said Frances Goodson, Executive Director for Youth Aid Nonprofit.  “Youth Aid is proud to partner with Jack London Square and Taste of Oakland to provide this unique internship for local youth.”

The entertainment reflects diverse musical artistry with performances by Oakland based hip-hop artists The Corna Sto, Reggae artist Heartafiya and Afro-Latin Funk group Sang Matiz.

There is a suggested donation of $10 for the event. All proceeds will help fund Youth Aid’s free music programs.

Upcoming Taste of Oakland events will be held on Aug. 4, and Sept. 1.

Jack London Square restaurants, including Belcampo, Dyafa, Kincaid’s and Scott’s Seafood will offer specials throughout the day. Food and drink from local vendors will be available for purchase. Pets are welcome at all restaurants in the Square that have outdoor seating.

There are more than 55 free public events at Jack London Square. Go here to see all the activities at the Oakland waterfront.

Transportation options to the Square include the Alameda/SF Bay Ferry, public transit, biking, walking and driving. For directions to Jack London Square, please go here.

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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 www.portofoakland.com.

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