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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Eat Real Lit Fest: Writers on Street Food, Gardening, and Storytelling

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Oakland's Eat Real Festival, the second of two back-to-back food festivals taking place over the next two weekends, isn't just about street food, though 80 carts and trucks will be in attendance. There are also urban homesteading demonstrations and competitions, a beer and wine garden, a farmers market, musical performances ― and a literary fest.

Though it hasn't gotten nearly the same media attention as the other aspects, the three-day Eat Real Lit Fest, also held August 27-29, is bringing together dozens of food writers. Panelists include food makers like Rachel Saunders and Richie Nakano, well-known blogers like Chez Pim's Pim Techamuanvivit and Ethicurean's Bonnie Azab Powell, cookbook authors such as Andrea Nguyen ― not to mention SFoodie's very own John Birdsall. It's kind of like the Ocean's Twelve of Bay Area eater-writers.

The lit fest is divided into three themed events, all of which take place on the second floor of the Jack London Square Market Building (55 Harrison St., Oakland).

Street Food
Fri., Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m.
A panel of writers (including Birdsall) will talk about their experiences with street food, both in the States and abroad.

Making, Growing, and Finding Food
Sat., Aug. 28, 4-7 p.m.
A panel of writers will speak about gardening, foraging, cooking, and environmental and food justice issues.

Porchlight Storytelling Slam
Sun., Aug. 29, 3-5 p.m.
Emceed by Beth Lisick, Porchlight ― the series of monthly storytelling events ― is inviting anyone with a good five-minute food story to tell it to the crowd (you're not allowed to bring written notes with you on stage). To guarantee the event picks up some momentum, the organizers are seeding the competition with a few Porchlight regulars.

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