One of my favorite things about the Bay Area is the abundance of street festivals during the summer. On a gorgeous Sunday in late August, I went to the Eat Real Festival in Jack London Square in Oakland. As their website states:
About Eat Real Festival:
Founded in 2008, Eat Real Festival is a social venture created to inspire eaters to choose tasty, healthy, good food. Through a vibrant, local festival in Oakland, CA, and a focus on delicious and sustainable “street food,” Eat Real puts eaters in contact with the real people — the farmers, chefs, and producers — who make our food.
That’s all great, but the main attraction for me was the street food. Unfortunately, I was feeling really impatient so I went for the shorter lines and only tried two things. The first was the gambas al ajillo, a.k.a. grilled shrimp with garlic sauce. Yummy! My friends got grilled figs with goat cheese. They said it was delicious; I took their word for it. (I hate goat cheese. Blech!)
The other thing I tried was a brisket sandwich, which was just so-so. Apparently, they had just sold out of the pulled pork sandwiches. Drats!
In addition to the food vendors, there were also a ton microbrews to taste. For about $20, you got a souvenir drinking jar plus 4 tastings, which seemed like a good deal. However, we were on a tight schedule so we ducked into Heinold’s First and Last Chance for just one beer. This place was amazing and obviously very historic (read: OLD). The website says that the shack dates back to 1883 and the wood came from a whaling boat. Next time I go back to Jack London Square, I’m definitely visiting Heinold’s.