Sunday, September 25, 2011

Eat Real Festival Year 3

~ Read Eat Real Festival Year 2 here. ~

September is the time for food festivals in this neck of the woods so I was a bit bummed that my vacation fell at the same time as the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival in San Francisco and the Solano Stroll - 2 of my fave food festival slash street fair. There is always a next year, I consoled myself.

But all was not lost as my luck held out when I found out that the baby in the food festival group in the Bay Area was holding it's yearly show right after we got back from our vacation.

And so with a few friends we tackled the festival with this plan - each has to go and roam the festival and seek out the food truck that interests them and bring 3 items to share. We all met at a certain spot and laid out all the food we got from the food trucks/stalls and shared with everyone.

This year's festival ran from September 23 to 25, 2011 at the beautiful Jack London Square in Oakland waterfront.

I didn't take many photos this year. I was still having photo fatigue after shooting my heart out while on vacation.

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Newcomer this year.

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The food were priced either 3 or 5.

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Display of the food they sell. We bought kuku paka - the coconut chicken/spinach dish. Familiar taste courtesy of the coconut milk.

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Also from this stall, we got the beignets, which were showered with powdered sugar. If Emeril Lagasse was serving this he would kicked it up a notch by drizzling it with butterscotch syrup or chocolate syrup, I know I would.

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I noted that the Mac N Cheese stall was popular.

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Also new this year is this stall, where I got the best tasting burger I'd had in a while.

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And speak of the devil, here it is - tadaaaa!!!!!

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Vegetarian tamale - I have had better tasting ones.

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Cooking demo, then free tasting for the crowd.

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Clueless that food trucks were not legalized at all throughout Oak town.

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This festival is about buying fresh and buying local and supporting sustainable means of growing food.

I missed seeing the french food truck SPENCER'S ON THE GO. I hope they would participate next year.

*** I am going to play catch up at work so in the next week I would still be scarce in your blog, but I will visit yours as soon as I get free time.***

15 comments:

  1. tamale looks pretty delicious! i hope we have one like that here. :(

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  2. whoa! beignets! looks great. i miss doing food trip.

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  3. i haven't eaten anything substantial in two weeks. your post is making me hungry. hopefully, i'll be back on track and be able to eat soon.

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  4. Yum Yum Yum. That would be fun!

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  5. Yum! This post makes me even more hungry, I can even hear the borborygmic sound of my stomach. I skipped last nights meal because I slept early.

    By the way, welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful vacation. Looking forward to reading your stories.

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  6. I'm sorry you missed some of the festivals you like but this one looks great too. I hope you don't work yourself to death!

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  7. Your idea about each person buying 3 things to share is a good one. I hope there were no duplicates. I would definitely want to share those beignets!

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  8. I didn't know street food is NOT legal throughout Oak Land - were there issues about food preparation? Or licensing? Well at least you still get to sample even at the tail end of this festival.

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  9. Oh I love food trucks! Baby it may be but the food looks fantastic. Yes especially those beignets!

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  10. hi pc! the food looks tempting. ^0^
    i think if i were there, i'm going to have a hard time deciding what to eat. ^0^
    like me, i'm a bit short when it comes to posting these past few weeks too..
    btw, i was hoping to you send an email,
    have some questions about your BCN trip,
    but couldn't find your add,
    mine is at irony_of_peace@yahoo.com.
    tnx! ^0^

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  11. Parang ang linis ng street food nila :) Unlike here pero syempre mas masarap pag di masyado malinis :) hehe

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  12. They call that street food over there? The meals look pretty fancy to me hehehe Nothing compared to THE street food here, no?

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  13. I would like to have free time like you so I can visit colorful festivals. Your photos are nice and warm as ussual.

    Hugs

    Valery


    Barcelona Daily Photo

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  14. Mmmm....sounds yum. Did you enjoy your chicken/coconut/spinach ? Sounds like a good combination.

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  15. I love this... multicultural cookfest is always a ball.

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