Moonshine in Camden. The official grand opening of Dark Water Distillery at 923 Broad Street is Saturday. Dark Water is a small artisan distiller of 100-proof, 100% moonshine corn whiskey with plans to release a line of bourbon and flavored moonshine in July. Check out their website www.darkwaterdistillery.com
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 25. Enjoy wines from around the world, light snacks and live jazz in the garden. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Tickets $40 members, $50 general public in advance, $60 at the gate and are available online at www.riverbanks.org
Wine & Cheese benefit for Habitat for Humanity is 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. Call church office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday for advance tickets, (803) 359-2444.
Southern Flame Food & Music Festival Saturday, April 26 at The Ponds in Summerville. Reap the rewards of an official BBQ competition and revel in the live music, headlined by Confederate Railroad. No entry fee but parking passes are $15 per vehicle at the gate. More information at /www.southernflamefestival.org
Under the Table goes to sea...The Oak Table and The South Carolina Aquarium partner to bring you a six-course seafood dinner to benefit the Sustainable Seafood Initiative 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Chef Howard Stephens will prepare dishes that will include yellow tail snapper, little neck clams, crab, mackerel and triggerfish. Tickets $75 per person, available by calling (803) 563-5066. The Oak Table is at 1221 Main Street, www.theoaktablesc.com
Happy Hour History Tours of the Vista 5:30-7 p.m. every Friday in May. Meet in the Publix parking lot on Gervais Street for a walking (and tasting) tour of the Vista. Tickets $20 for Historic Columbia members, $25 for general public and includes cocktails at SakiTumi and appetizers along the way. Reserve a spot (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.historiccolumbia.org
Pickin’ & Piggin’ at Saluda Shoals Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3. Barbeque tastings start at 11 a.m. and lasts until the ’Q runs out, live music by the Carolina Rebels begins at 11:30. Tickets $10 per person in advance, $12 at the gate; $5 for children 12 and under; available at (803) 772-1228 or visit www.icrc.net
Hog on the Hill BBQ Cookoff May 2-3 in downtown Chester. More information at www.discoversouthcarolina.com
Middleton Place weekly Wine Strolls have returned . Experience the natural beauty of the 273-year-old plantation while sipping wines chosen by the Middleton Place Restaurant’s sommelier 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday through June 25. On June 25, learn about the Charleston-Barbados connections through the Rum Stroll featuring a variety of light, dark and spiced rums. Tickets to Wine Strolls are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the gate and are available at www.middletonplace.org or call (843) 556-6020.
Sip some cider: Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery, near York, will be open for hard cider tastings weekends in April and May. Stop by 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays at 1860 Black Highway, York (look for the windmill). More information at windyhillorchard.com or call (803) 684-0690.
Peak of the Season GrowFood Party 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 30 at the GrowFood Warehouse, 990 Morrison Drive, Charleston. Enjoy local food and libations and learn more about the GrowFood concept of connecting local farmers to local markets and creating a thriving local food system. Tickets $35, available through eventbrite.com
Arts & Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art 7-11 p.m. May 2. Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, musical performances, scavenger hunts and unique tours through the CMA collection. $8 general public, $5 museum members. Join or renew your membership that night and get in for free. Columbia Museum of Art, Main at Hampton streets, (803) 799-2810, www.columbiamuseum.org
Get your Nosh on...The Big Nosh at Tree of Life Congregation celebrates Jewish food and culture. Join in the festivities 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4 at 6719 North Trenholm Road. There will be eat-in or take-out dishes such as fresh bagels, matzah ball soup, stuffed cabbage, brisket, baked goods, latkes, falafel and more. Fun for the entire family with a kids’ area, cooking demonstrations, movie screenings and more, including “Ask the Rabbi” sessions in the sanctuary. More information, (803) 787-2182 or bignosh.org
Food, Fire and Fun Whole Cow Roast ... BOVINOCHE! New name, lower price, more fire, more food. Bovinoche (Night of the Bovine) is where you will see a custom-built rotisserie for an 800-pound cow as well as roasting goats, hogs, chickens and some exotic meats. Main event 3-10:20 p.m. May 17 at City Park, 310 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville (next to the Police Station), tickets $35 per person through eventbrite.com or $30 at The Community Tap, 205 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville; Bee Bee’s Restaurant, 1907 Laurens Rd., Greenville; or Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 N. Main St, Simpsonville. Become a sponsor and enjoy Friday night (May 16) activities that include roasting a whole swordfish. More information at www.facebook.com/ Bovinoche or www.bovinoche.com.
Get healthy at Midlands Tech Harbison Campus. Learn healthier ways to prepare dishes for you and your family. Classes $25. May 5, 6-8 p.m., Wholesome Meals in Minutes (Course code CECED551 07), convert your own recipes to healthier versions. Call to register (803) 732-0432.
Sundays at City Roots join Matthew Kip, permaculturist, wild food forager and artisan, for a series of classes geared to the beginning gardener to be held at City Roots farm, 1005 Airport Blvd. May 11, composting; May 25, edible plant walk; June 1, cob oven workshop. More information and registration at www.matthewkip.com
Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: Thursday, April 24, An Evening with Patricia Moore-Pastides; 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+. For pricing and information, see http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking. Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email email@example.com. 915 Greene St., Suite 101
Tiny TasteBuds cooking classes for children ages 3-5 years at EdVenture are 11 a.m.-noon the first and third Friday of each month now through May. $10 per person, preregistration required. EdVenture is at 211 Gervais St., (803) 779-3100, edventure.org
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, April 23, everyday sauces; Friday, April 25, couples Paris; Saturday, April 26, Southern garden party; April 30, meat and poultry fundamentals; May 1, grilling and smoking; May 2, couples Mediterranean. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or www.charlestoncooks.com
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Wednesday, April 23, hands-on hot & cold sauces; Friday, April 25, white and rose wines; April 28, 20 and May 2, pork with portabello cream and cognac. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, April 25, Couples Italian; May 2, tapas; May 8, Italian supper; May 9, couples Asian. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef d’Jour Classes: May 3, cooking with alcohol. Details and registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket .com
Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com