Meatopia Comes To Oakland’s Eat Real Festival September 21-23

Meatopia is making its West Coast debut at Oakland, California’s fourth annual Eat Real Festival taking place September 21-23.  Meatopia, founded and hosted by James Beard Award-winning food writer, Josh Ozersky, is bringing New York’s meat-centric culinary event to California with a crew of the most celebrated BBQ masters and butchery professionals in the industry.  The Meatopia Opening Night Party  on Friday, September 21 will boast a stellar line-up of chefs including Chris Lilly (Bib Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q), Chris Phelps (Salt’s Cure), Nicole Brisson (Carnevino), Nick Pihakis (Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q), Harry Stewart (Great American BBQ), Rebecca Wilcomb (Cochon), Rodney Scott (Scott’s Bar-B-Que), Doug Keiles (Ribs Within), Kim Alter (Haven) and Rick Hackett (BocaNova), .  The cost is $50 per person and includes two alcoholic beverages and all you can eat meat from the featured chefs.


The weekend-long Eat Real Fest combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. Eat Real is FREE to attend and provides consumers the opportunity to get upclose and personal with food artisans and experience their crafts firsthand including the highly anticipated Butchery contest in partnership with The Butcher’s Guild.

Eat Real Meat! Real. Good. Meat.: Celebrate the art of BBQ, butchery and all things meat in events such as Ain’t No Party Like A West Coast Party…; Show Us Your Bare Bones!;Heart, Source, Hand, Voice, Un-earth Your Inner Builder; and Sponsor Spotlight: Belcampo Meat Co.

Jam Bar: Back by popular demand, the Jam Bar offers consumers the chance to learn about the art of mixology while sipping on masterful cocktail creations such as theBlood Orange Marmalade Sour with Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey and Sicilian Blood Orange Marmalade from Blue Chair Fruit Company.

Something’s a-Brewin Summit: Friday night (Sept 21, 2012) will be the Brewers Summit, all 20 brewers vending beer at the festival will be present.  There will be a spread of expert panels, instructional demos and opportunities to mingle with local brewmaster heroes:

Kids Zone: Keep kids entertained with activities, demos and fun educational guides on how to eat right and Eat Real. Juice and nutritious snacks will be provided.

Kraut-a-thon: A favorite activity made even bigger this year on the Main Stage where audience members transform 300 lbs of cabbage in what will possibly be the largest making sauerkraut session ever.

Milk Fed Brunch: On Sunday, September 23, at 11:00am – 2:00 pm, begin the final day of the festival by sipping on a signature mimosas and milk punch cocktails and enjoying succulent cuts of veal, suckling pig, and lamb (whole animals donated by Belcampo Meat Co.) prepared by ChefDaniel Patterson.

For more information on the Eat Real Festival visit

Last year’s highlights include:

Eat Real Fest Oakland | Photo by Dg Blackburn Copyright All rights reserved by Eat Real Fest

David Ruiz creates a tasty collaboration at the first ever Eat Real Jam Bar. | Photo by Dg Blackburn

John Fink of The Whole Beast keeps the crowds happy with his spicy lamb gyros. | Photo by Philip Yip

Liba Falafel keeping the kids happy all day long. | Photo by Anna Dal

Todd Champagne & Kathryn Lukas kick-off the Eat Real Kraut-a-Thon. | Photo by Philip Yip

A happy foodcraft contest winner comes to collect her trophy! | Photo by Philip Yip

Big Cat & the Hipnotics bringin' some tasty Blues to Eat Real. | Photo by Philip Yip