Eat Real Fest 2011 Preview: Fewer Trucks, More Pickles

Last year, the second annual Eat Real Fest swelled in size, and the crowds swelled to match. This year, the festival isn't getting bigger — it's getting smarter.

For one, the date: This year's festival will take place September 23-25 in Oakland's Jack London Square, one month after the SF Street Food Festival instead of a week or two. And according to director Susan Coss, whom SFoodie spoke to a few days ago, the organizers are cutting the number of street food vendors from 90 to 60 — hopefully preventing the logjam that occurred at last year's festival — and introducing a Craft Food Market showcasing 30 picklers, jammers, pasta makers, and coffee roasters, some of whom are Underground Market vendors recently gone legit.

“Our tagline this year is 'eat it, make it, grow it,'” Coss says. “We want people to come in to the festival at any point where they're comfortable, whether they just want to eat great food or learn how to make it.”

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