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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oakland's Eat Real Festival Announces Dates for Next Year's Street-Food Bash

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM

click to enlarge Organizers are promising more food at next year's scarf-athon. - JENNY OH/EAT REAL FESTIVAL
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  • Organizers are promising more food at next year's scarf-athon.
Organizers of Oakland's Eat Real Festival have a date for next year's event. A spokesperson told SFoodie the three-day street food fest will drop Aug. 27-29 next year in Jack London Square, in the same site this year's festival occupied. The main difference from 2009, according to Eat Real's Susan Coss? One word: more. "We'll have more street-food vendors, and more exciting food craft demonstrations," Coss said, citing the possibility of pizza-tossing and noodle-pulling demos, in addition to another butchery contest, a highlight of this year's fest.

In an acknowledgment, perhaps, that some 2009 festival-goers were frustrated by long food lines and sold-out vendors, Coss said that, instead of offering food on just Saturday and Sunday, next year's vendors would be hawking food on Friday, too. An estimated 70,000 showed up for this year's three-day event in August, which organizers deemed a success. And a blueprint -- with relatively minor tweaks -- for next year's festival. "We want more food, we want more days of food, and we really want to celebrate food craft," Coss said. The only other significant difference from 2009 is that the Jack London Square market is expected be operational by next summer, so JLS Partners will be in charge of the Eat Real Market. A reformatted Eat Real Fest Web site goes live tomorrow. Meanwhile, vendor applications are already available for download at the current site.

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