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Markets, food festivals and street food

Posted on March 13, 2013 by in awards, pork, rsg

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Markets, food festivals and loads of street food all form part of the “lucky packet”  which I am to open this coming weekend. Eat Out DStv and Food Network have joined forces to present this two-day event held at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock from 15-16 March 2013.

I love markets, but this market is one I will not miss for the world. I am counting the sleeps to this event for various reasons, but my two main reasons are:

– Food and loads of it. Stalls and exhibitors with the most amazing produce on offer, my mouth  is watering.

– Seeing all my “foodie” friends, chefs and fellow bloggers in one shot, will be just awesome!

The festivities start on a  Friday evening.  This is also the venue for the announcement of this year’s Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards winners, followed by a night market and pop-up picnic. Stands at the night market will be run by this year’s finalists and winners, showcasing the best of South Africa’s Produce.

The pop-up picnic, sponsored by Knorr Whatsfordinner, will be the first of its kind. Well-known food personalities like Abigail Donnely and Jenny Morris will curate picnics, using only ingredients from the produce award winners and finalist stands at the night market…… I am so looking forward to this, sounds so exciting!

On Saturday a special section of the market will be dedicated to the Eat Out DStv Food Network Award Winners.  On Saturday  some of SA’s top chefs will cook and serve a unique interactive market-to-table dinner, sponsored by Woolworths.

For further information of the festival, contact Hannerie Visser at or 082 782 6707.


Markets are everywhere and almost every city and dorpie(village) in in South Africa boasts some kind of market , whether it is a weekly, monthly or annual affair, it puts them on the map! For us no trip to Port Elizabeth will be complete without a stop at the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market in Sedgefield.  The award-winning Pretoria Boeremark, is by now known to all and here in our own province, my favorite markets are  the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market and of course the hub of all things culinary, the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill.  More information on the food markets in South Africa is available here:


It is here at food markets, local and abroad, that we all indulge a little, we eat fried foods where we would all normally opt for the healthy version. We sample and dip and taste for hours on end. We walk around eating and licking fingers, because everyone around you does exactly the same. I love the innovative spirits of the vendors at these markets, their passion and dedication to pack and unpack their shop every Saturday, is truly remarkable. Smelling Mzanzi spicy Chicken as you travel through the townships in South Africa, is so “proudly South African!” Pannekoek (pancakes) at a Kerkbasaar (church fete)…who can resist that or a little dorpie Buffeljags in the Western Cape that is  all of a sudden famous for the roosterkoek someone is selling at a petrol station on the N2.  This is good stuff and I am so looking forward to bite into one of Pete Goffe-Wood’s  famous Pork Belly Pies!


For my street food  or market food for today, we are off to Thailand.  Somehow I think they have perfected the art of street or market food. Fast, cheap, hot and last but not least of all, packed with flavor. The  aromas of ginger, garlic and coriander are hard to beat and I hope I managed to capture a little of a Thailand street market for you in this recipe.

Thai Pork Meatballs on Lemongrass skewers

Serves 8


1 kg pork mince

4 cloves garlic

1 small red chili

1 large onion

1 big handful fresh coriander – finely chopped

1 whole spring onion – chopped

60 ml freshly grated ginger

40-60 ml soy sauce

zest and juice of 2 limes

10 ml brown sugar

4 sticks lemon grass

oil for cooking the meatballs


Place the ginger, garlic and onion and chili in your food processor and process until everything is finely chopped up. Add this mixture as well as all the other ingredients to the pork mince in a mixing bowl.  Mix well and form 16 small pork meatballs. Cut each lemon stick of lemongrass in 4 and use as kebab stick for the meatballs. Heat some oil in a pan or heat the griddle pan and cook the meatballs until cooked and  caramelized. Serve with sweet ‘n sour chili sauce or plum sauce and fresh coriander.


  Tomorrow morning just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be in my seat on RSG chatting to Anelde Greeff, content director of Eat Out. I will also take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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3 Responses to “Markets, food festivals and street food”

  1. Cathy Archer 14 March 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    What a lovely chatty, informative post! Love your passion……it’s infectious my friend 🙂

  2. fnm 15 March 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Nice Recipe and great Thai Pork Meatballs on Lemongrass skewers Great recipe. Thanks for the Recipe.

  3. Zirkie 16 February 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Ek het die blog post baie geniet, Nina!! Ek is ook mal oor al ons plaaslike markte! Lief die resep. “Lemon grass” is baie trendy op die oomblik!

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