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Aug 12, 2009 09:53 PM

Eat Real Fest, Oakland, August 28-30

Back in January, the organizers of this event posted on this board asking for street food suggestions. The following discussion ensued:

What are people thinking about the event now? I'm underwhelmed but can't quite put my finger on why.

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      1. Huh, interesting that you say that. I missed the whole discussion in January. First I heard of it was emails started to show up from them. That in itself felt a little odd -- like, how'd you get my email?! & then I think maybe there is something about their graphic design that seems like an unappetizing combination of trying too hard plus an Old Navy ad? Or something?

        Only just now when I saw your post I went to the website & saw that People's Grocery, one of my fave organizations, is getting part of the proceeds, which warms me up considerably, but perhaps still not to the point of actual enthusiasm, or even planning to go.

        Could it be we are all jaded from that last Slow Food thing? Could it be we don't have a clue who these people are? Could it be the very large Whole Foods logo at the bottom of every email?

        If you read the actual description & stuff it actually sounds really cool. So I second your emotion: why do we feel so underwhelmed?

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        1. re: indigirl

          It sounds like it could be cool but I agree the graphics are a bit too slick. I also think the whole street food/hipster thing has gotten a little goofy and/or overblown.

          Once French prepped frog legs and creme brulee hits the "street" it's just odd or worse...suspect and thus you wonder. On the other hand, if the food is good and reasonably priced, hard to argue.

          Not sure about Jack London Square as a street venue, a bit mall-like. Totally subjective but I would have picked the West Oakland BART parking lot and hired a carnival.

        2. Free admission and $1-5 for the food items sounds OK.

          1. Per Michael Bauer's blog, the Eat Real festival's organizers are expecting a crowd of 25,000, so things may be less chaotic than at the SF street food festival last weekend, since its organizers planned for only 5,000 and were overwhelmed by the crowd.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Are there any estimates of how many people actually did show up for last week's SF fest?