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The Eat Out DStv Food Network Festival 2013 will be held at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old BIscuit Mill on 15 and 16 March, consisting of a day and night market, a pop-up picnic, and a chefs’ ‘market-to-table dinner’.
Originally the Eat In Produce Awards, which brand name was dropped last year and incorporated under the Eat Out brand, the Eat Out Festival 2013 will recognise the best fresh food producers in South Africa, and they will be setting up stands with their produce at the night market on 15 March. On the same evening the pop-up picnics, ironically sponsored by ‘Knorr whatsfordinner‘, will be prepared by Chef Jenny Morris and Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly, using only the fresh food producers’ award winning products. One can order picnics, prepared at the ‘Knorr whatsfordinner kitchen’, an unfortunate brand association which reminds one of Chef Reuben Riffel’s endorsement of Robertsons spices and herbs, and a product type one does not expect in food in a picnic basket, nor in association with Eat Out!
On 16 March the fresh food produce winners will display and sell their produce again, as part of the Neighbourgoods Market in the morning. In the evening five chefs, as yet unnamed in the Eat Out media release, will serve a ‘unique interactive market-to-table dinner’, sponsored by Woolworths, client of New Media Publishing in contract publishing its Taste magazine. There is no doubt that Chef Luke Dale-Roberts will be one of the chefs, given that his restaurants The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club both are based at the Old Biscuit Mill, and that he has a business relationship with Woolworths. However, Woolworths’ ingredients will not be used, once again the fresh food producers’ products being used in the five chefs’ pop-up kitchens, the media statement says.
The media release makes it sound as if this is a first for Eat Out (or its ex-Eat In), but it has held the Producer Awards at both the Slow Market at Oude Libertas and the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in previous years. Only the pop-up chefs’ kitchen is a new aspect of the Festival.
Eat Out DStv Food Network Festival 2013, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock. 15 March evening and 16 March morning free entrance. Pop-up Chefs’ dinner costs R350 for 3 courses and wine, according to the Eat Out media release and R400 according to the Eat Out internet newsletter announcement, both published on the same day, and R700 for dinner for two! Bookings: 0827826707.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage