Eat Out Festival

If fresh food and a bustling market atmosphere are your idea of a good time, then head down to Woodstock's Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill this weekend for the first-ever Eat Out DStv Food Network Festival. The two-day festival kicks off on Friday with the announcement of the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards winners. Thereafter the evening really gets into swing with a night market and pop-up picnic. Stands at the night market will be run by this year’s finalists and winners, showcasing some of South Africa’s best fresh produce. Together with Knorr whatsfordinner, well-known food personalities – including Abigail Donnelly and Jenny Morris – will curate picnics with this produce which market-goers can recreate by buying a picnic hamper and shopping list of ingredients. Following on from the pop-up picnic and evening market, early-risers can return the next day for the weekly Neighbourgoods Saturday market. A special section at the popular market will be allocated to the Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards winners from the night before. For the night owls who like to sleep in, festivities continue into the evening where some of South Africa’s top chefs will be collaborating on a unique interactive market-to-table dinner, sponsored by Woolworths. Five chefs will each run their own pop-up kitchen, preparing dishes with Produce Awards winners’ ingredients. The Eat Out Festival runs from 15-16 March at the Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock. Friday’s night market is open to the public, free of charge, from 5pm to 9pm. Saturday’s market is open from 9am to 2pm and entrance is also free. Saturday's night market-to-table chefs’ dinner is R400 per person or R350 per person if you book two or more tickets. Tickets are limited and include three courses and wine. Email to book your seat. For more information on the produce awards and festival, visit