Friday, September 23, 2011

Petition Drive for Oakland Street-Food Reform at Eat Real Festival

By John Birdsall
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

The annual Eat Real Festival starts today in Jack London Square, one of the rare times food trucks are officially permitted in Oakland (outside, of course, the so-called Pilot Project zone in Fruitvale and other parts of East Oakland). At least one local food vendor wants city officials to know how unfair that is.

Tomorrow only, Saturday, at Eat Real, Guerrilla Grub vendor and Oakland Mobile Food Group founder Elizabeth August plans to get you to sign a petition asking Oakland to expand mobile food vending. August told WTF she’ll set up a table in the festival’s Craft Marketplace (organizers are waiving the fee vendors have to pay), and circulate copies to individual food vendors.

Elizabeth August.

In an Express feature earlier this month, I wrote about efforts by August and others to convince the Oakland City Council to revise the 2001 street food ordinance. August is seeking permission to launch a food pod in Mosswood Park, but has so far been stymied by delays in implementing changes to mobile vending policy.

Eat Real opens at 11 a.m. Saturday and closes at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Get in touch at John.Birdsall@EastBayExpress.com, and follow me on Twitter @John_Birdsall.

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