The stage was in a slightly different spot on the green at Jack London Square, but the crowd showed up just the same for Eat Real Festival’s 2012 Flying Knives Steer Butchery Competition. The competitors were familiar, but with some changes: The defending-champion Yedra brothers, formerly of Marin Sun Farms are now working for the BN Ranch team. Dave the Butcher, Josh Kleinsmith and Adam Tiberio all joined forces once again, and the Butcher’s Guild put together a formidable team.
The crowd gathers, waiting for the start of the competition. A woman holds a sign: “Viva Los Campeones Los Hermanos Yedra”
A Butcher’s Guild team member is representing Oakland:
Trophies for the 2012 champions-to-be:
The Yedra brothers hoist a hindquarter onto the hook. These weigh about 200lb.
A Butcher’s Guild competitor rocks the Oaklandish STAY sticker on his knife sheath / scabbard. Yeah Oakland!
Katy Quinn starts cutting with the saw:
The Yedra brothers start getting to work as well:
At one point, a festival attendee started resting his arms on the butcher’s table and was interfering with the competition. Katy Quinn politely asked him to give them some space:
The crowd is having a good time:
The work of the Yedra Brothers:
The Butcher’s Guild table: (Hat from Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter, Michigan)
Dave the Butcher of Marina Meats was mic’ed up and performed the dual roles of commentator and butcher:
Dave the Butcher laughs at a comment from Anya while cutting away:
The Yedra Brothers had quite a fan club:
And they came well-prepared. Labels and kale.
Cuts of beef, labeled and on display by the Yedra Brothers:
The Butcher’s Guild team celebrates after breaking down the hindquarter:
Anya Fernald hands the microphone to Oscar Yedra to talk about what his team did:
Katy Quinn enjoys a well deserved beer:
The Yedra Brothers were declared champions, once again. This was their 4th win in a row.
November 12th, 2012
pizzaiolo patrons were treated to a glitchy but festive internet-streamed obama victory speech in the backyard:
November 7th, 2012
Oh hey! Last month was Oakland’s annual Eat Real Festival and I returned to take pictures on September 22nd. I will put up photos from the Flying knives steer butchery competition in a separate post.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House led a demonstration and discussion titled “Water to Table”. This is a tuna.
Chef Eddie Blyden freaks out a local child with a giant fish:
The festival featured multiple beer pouring stations. This one featured a refrigerated storage container filled with kegs. Here, an Eat Real Festival volunteer poses for the camera after completing a pour:
Kids customized t-shirts at the new Kids’ Zone:
5733/LOAKal was there to represent:
Ice cream from Berkeley’s famous Ici, located in the wonderful Elmwood district:
Judges are a little critical of one entry in the Bare Bones BBQ Competition:
Festival-goers season their corn:
Homebrew winner. Homebrew winner. Homebrew winner:
Jamboree contest entries featured Ollalie Berry Jam, Tangerine Lemon Jelly, Lemon Orange Marmalade and Kumquat Chutney:
The start of a beautiful thai fruit carving:
Gorgeous autumn sun floods through Jack London Square:
A helper for Jack London Square newcomer, Forge Pizza takes orders:
American flags over Jack London Square:
October 17th, 2012
Here’s the 2012 version of Ritual Coffee’s Sputnik trailer from Eat Real Festival 2012.
From Eat Real Festival 2011:
also from Eat Real Festival 2011:
and Jenni at Eat Real Festival 2010:
and Eileen at Maker Faire 2010:
and Eileen at Eat Real Festival 2009:
September 27th, 2012
– update: 09/26/12 – I realized that I had never posted these. From the archives, this is Eat Real Festival 2010.
Crowds of people at Eat Real Fest 2010
Flag and palm trees above Jack London Square
eat real festival balloon against the blue skies of oakland: “our pitmaster can smoke your honor student” – Jim N Nick’s BBQ
Jenni and the ever-photogenic Sputnik by Ritual Coffee Roasters:Jenni
September 26th, 2012