On Saturday, the height of the festival, the weather was warm and the air was filled with the smells of bacon, melting cheese and spices. No dish was above $5, and you received modest portions, giving you the opportunity to taste and savor but left room to try more. Folks stood in lines in the sun and autumn warmth for dishes from Bacon Bacon, Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q and Soda Craft SF.
But beside savory, about a quarter of the food and market vendors were pastry and desserts. Delicious fruit popsicles, freshly fried beignets and handmade pies were only a few of the selections to satisfy that sweet tooth. The Frozen Kuhsterd truck had an eager line, waiting for sundaes or scoops of Vanilla or Thai Tea. Wandering around Eat Real you'd come across dishes like Chocolate Stout Donuts, Root Beer Float Popsicles and Strawberry Cheesecake Mochi. San Francisco staples Kara's Cupcakes Karavan and The Creme Brulee Cart were there as well, serving up their desserts.
Many of the sweets were in the market area, where vendors sold treats that you could eat there or take home, which was good since one could easily forget to leave room for dessert.
Chocolate lovers got their fix here with locally made Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Bittersweet Cafe or truffles from Barlovento Chocolates. Bacano Bakery offered gluten-free treats such as chocolate chip cookies, donuts and cupcakes. And, for all those macaron fans, Chef Mona Bakery, a cake company, made whimsical macarons such as with the Fat Elvis macaron, which consisted of peanut butter and chocolate ganache sandwiched between blue macarons. Whether you were a huge fan of desserts or just wanted something to offset all that savory, salted dishes, there was something for everyone. You could have something chocolatey, gluten-free, fruity, creamy, crunchy, warm or cold.
It was easy to leave the festival feeling like a glutton, but it was a great opportunity to learn about the places that are available to us, from local breweries to newly discovered eateries.