Eat Real Festival celebrates food and music at Jack London Square

The Eat Real Festival in Oakland’s Jack London Square provided an assortment of food, music and education September 27-29.

Food makers and food lovers converged at Jack London Square September 27-29 for three days of music, drinks and cuisine at the Eat Real Festival.

Musicians like the Afrobeat collective Jambalaya and the neo-soul performers MAD NOISE gave crowd-moving performances on the festival’s main waterfront stage. The aroma of barbecue, chicken and waffles, gourmet pickles, custard and more from over 50 Bay-Area-based food vendors wafted through the square.

The Food Craft Institute, an Oakland-based non-profit school for food artisans, organized the free, food-focused event, which emphasized “sustainable street food.” The institute regularly teaches its students how to make food, as well as the business skills they need to create viable businesses.

In addition to showcasing local food and musicians, the fifth annual block party helped attendees learn more about DIY food-based topics like creating backyard gardens, making chicken coops and starting their own beehives.

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