Jack London Square’s free food festival, Eat Real, is right around the corner! Eat Real will celebrate good food, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients from Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th. The street food festival and block party promises to bring a huge selection of vendors, as well as masses of Oakland-supporting foodies. How to make the right choice among all those hamburgers, tacos and fried chicken? We dove deep and came up with 5 vendors worthy of your attention (and your money).


Burma Bear

‘Burmese and BBQ, together at last!’, proclaims the website, and the union is sweet indeed. The San Francisco based food truck is bringing succulent, spicy baby ribs, unusual pulled pork and crunchy tea leaf salad – all of the above will do nicely with cold beer and port views.



Keena’s Kitchen

Soul food with a health twist? It’s possible. Keena’s, an Oakland catering and personal chef initiative, is calling itself a ‘holistic sould food company’ and delivers colorful, delicious dishes including, sustainable gumbo, yuca fries and other seemingly guilt-free surprises.




The beloved Indian food truck from San Francisco strikes again, with unforgettable Dahi Puri – semolina puffs filled with sprouts, potato, yogurt and chutneys, fiery dahl and comforting kati rolls. It’s original, tasty and filling, so make sure to try it right before you head home for a power nap.


The Cider ‘Saloon’

Right on trend, the festival has a whole section dedicated to the fruity, refreshing beverage, with brands from all over California – Crispin Cider, Sonoma Cider, Two Rivers and Red Branch are on board. The most curious offering is probably by Crooked City, a new-ish Oakland cider startup which usually sells its product by the keg.


Frozen Kuhsterd

From the cleverly misspelled name to the sophisticated flavors, San Francisco-based Kuhsterd is sweetness for the experienced custard consumer. Flavors are endless, and it will be fun to see whether Sweet Corn, Miso oor Salt and Pepper Potato Chip make it to the festival.

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