The Eat Real Festival is gearing up to kick off in a few weeks, and, as always, there's a lot to look forward to. This year marks the festival's fifth anniversary, and it promises the annually impressive smattering of street food and artisan foodstuffs, adding on a bevy of DIY food workshops (cheese! sausage! bitters!), a beer shed, wine barn, lots of demos, and just in case you're jonesing to milk your own goat, an "urban county fair." The festival brought in a crowd of over 150,000 last year, so be ready.
Plus, everything is under $5. As always, there will be a few big names, including Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen, Bside BBQ), Charlie Holowell (Pizzaiolo), Russ Moore (Camino), and Kyle Itani (Hopscotch) making a showing, as well as more than 40 food vendors and 30 artisans selling at the market.
This year, the festival will kick off with a new event called Burgers, Bourbon & Beer, wherein a few vendors will face off in a grilling showdown, featuring the likes of Doc's of the Bay's "Boozy Burger," and the Grilled Cheese Guy's "Bomb Burger" with hot pepper relish, alongside a few others. A lineup of craft beers and Four Roses Bourbon nips for pairing will be served alongside.
Meanwhile, Delicious America will offer a tasting tour of craft food from around the country for 50 ticket holders per tasting (300 in all). Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15, and include five samples in each tasting with one wine pairing each. Highlights of the tour include country ham from Belcampo Meat Co., kraut and kimchi from Farmhouse, and more.
We can also look forward to a butchery contest from Flying Knives Steer, which has been won for five years straight by Oscar Yedra, who will be stepping down to judge this year. Additionally, the Whole Hog Butchery Competition will feature offal. Yum.
The beer shed will hold the likes of Almanac, Linden Street, Magnolia, and a dozen others. You'll find everyone from Nosh This to the darling of fruit preserves, INNA Jam, at the market, including a handful of names we've never encountered before. The food vendors are too many to list, but you can count on Señor Sisig, Indian street food from East Bay newcomer Juhu Beach Club, meatless treats from Hodo Soy, New York pies from Casey's Pizza, and just about everything else you can think of.
Rebecca Gessler, a graduate of the Food Craft Institute's Coffee 101 program, will host the Coffee Pavilion and try out the coffee she'll be using to launch her own company soon. The Jam Bar, a perennial favorite, will offer up a chance to learn about mixology while sipping cocktails based on Four Roses Bourbon, organic juices, herbs, and artisanal bitters.
This year there will also be a kid's kitchen, including cooking classes for kids, taught by kids, with plenty of chances to get messy.
The festival kicks off Friday, September 27th, running 1-9 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m-9 p.m., and Sunday 10:30-5 p.m.
The full list of vendors can be found on the website.