If you like food, you'll want to go to the 8th annual Eat Real Festival in Oakland. This food festival will attract upwards of 150,000 at Jack London Square, with activities, demos and fun educational guides on how to eat well.
What to expect:
Cookbook Cook-off: Friday night live cooking demonstrations featuring food from new cookbooks. Look for local chefs like Anya Fernald (Home Cooked),
Russ Moore (Camino), and more.
Drink Real: Sample tasting flights and engage in sommelier demos, 'meet the brewer' panels, alcohol pairings, the return of the Jam Bar for craft cocktails and the popular Beer Shed, with over 20 taps of local craft brews flowing. Those happen all weekend.
Urban County Fair: The place the kids will love. Look for DIY in the pavillion, which showcases the how-tos of the sustainable urban home and garden,
with especial focus this year on reducing food waste. They'll talk about surplus
produce, backyard bees and lowering your carbon footprint.
Eat Real Main Stage: Enjoy live bands, chef demos, an all-female butcher showdown and more, with various pop-up entertainment venues
throughout festival grounds.
Bring lots of cash, as not all vendors accept credit cards. They'll have ATM booths there as well.
When: September 23-25
Where: Oakland, Jack London Square
Cost: Free (though you'll pay to eat)