Slideshow: Oakland, California: Eat Real Festival Recap

One of many popsicles
One of many popsicles
The Eat Real Fest featured many handcrafted popsicles, including this one by Fat Face (Davis, California) of watermelon with basil
Thomas Odermatt & Steve Sando
Thomas Odermatt & Steve Sando
I'm lucky to consider these two guys my friends. Steve Sando is the man behind Rancho Gordo beans, and Thomas Odermatt provides us all porchetta and rotisserie chickens through his company Roli Roti. Both were at Eat Real Fest.
Beef sandwiches and beer
Beef sandwiches and beer
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offered beef sandwiches with slaw, and we enjoyed them with many local beers on offer.
Liba Falafel sandwich
Liba Falafel sandwich
This is so much better than it looks. Freshly fried falafel, phenomenal sauces, and housemade harissa on top made the Liba Falafel sandwich one of my favorite tastes all weekend.
Fish tacos from The Taco Guys
Fish tacos from The Taco Guys
A "Maui Taco" with Pacific Rock Cod, pickled onion, savoy cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, Sriracha mayo from The Taco Guys.
Gustavo Arellano speaks
Gustavo Arellano speaks
The Eat Real Fest featured a LitFest with over 30 writers telling stories and reading over three nights. Gustavo Arellano, popular writer of the syndicated Ask a Mexican column, talked about street food on Friday.
Gerard's Paella
Gerard's Paella
Throughout the weekend, the Gerard's paella booth made paella in huge pans—the largest was about five feet across with eight large burners. Very impressive to watch.
Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ritual Coffee quenched the caffeine needs of festival-goers.
Senor Sisig tacos
Senor Sisig tacos
Senor Sisig served up delicious Filipino-style tacos.