Peak of the Season GrowFood Party 5:30-8:30 p.m. tonight, 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
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 email@example.com or through www.historiccolumbia.org
Arts & Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art 7-11 p.m. Friday, 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
Pickin’ & Piggin’ at Saluda Shoals Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 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
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. Sunday, 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
Hog on the Hill BBQ Cookoff Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 in downtown Chester. More information at www.discoversouthcarolina.com
Cinco de Mayo Harvest Dinner! Join Chef Kristian Niemi (Rosso and Bourbon) at City Roots 6:30 p.m. May 5 for an Mexican-inspired, locally sourced four-course menu with wine pairings and margaritas. Tickets $60 per person, available through eventbrite.com. City Roots is at 1005 Airport Blvd.
Hope Floats at Fresh Market during the 20th anniversary sidewalk sale 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16 through 18. Enjoy hot dogs, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes for $2 each to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. All money raised goes to JDRF. Fresh Market is at Trenholm Plaza, 4840 Forest Drive, (803) 782-9100, www.thefreshmarket.com
Sip some cider: Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery, near York, will be open for hard cider tastings weekends in 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.
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.
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.
Boil and Stir! Lowcountry Boil and Bartender Challenge. 11a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 at City Roots. Come on out for a Lowcountry boil prepared by LowCo BBQ and Bourbon Columbia and enjoy live music, a cash bar and the bartender’s challenge. Sample and vote for your favorite cocktail from 1-3 p.m., there will be a judge’s winner and a popular choice. Limited tickets $35, available online only through eventbrite.com City Roots is at 1005 Airport Blvd.
Learn to become a BBQ Judge! South Carolina Barbecue Association (SCBA) Judging Seminar, 10 a.m-4 p.m. July 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia. Learn from SCBA founder Lake High. Cost $45 plus a yearly membership to SCBA, $35. Register by emailing Lake High at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.scbarbecue.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/75-join-us-4
The Upstate SC Farm Tour with farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens and Greenwood counties is June 7-8. Get tickets (good for both days) at carolinafarmstewards.org
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.
Ritz-Carlton Charlotte’s Bar Cocoa Cooking Classes focus on springtime favorites taught by Pastry Sous Chef Jeanette Payne. May 10, Summertime Treats: Key Lime Pie, Lemon Chiboust and Double Chocolate Chip cookies; May 31, Macarone: Chocolate, Red Velvet, Vanilla and Nutella. Register by calling (704) 547-2244. The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte Bar Cocoa and the Cocoa Lab Kitchen are at 201 East Trade Street in Charlotte. www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte or www.barcocoacharlotte.com
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, May 1, Seasonal variety with Lere Robinson; 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+; Summer Culinary Camps, June 16-20, Beginner basics; June 23-27, Around the World; July 7-10, Advanced Culinary; July 15-17, Gluten, Peanut, Seafood Free; July 29-31, The Art of the Soup, Salad and Sandwich Combination. 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. Thursday, May 1, grilling and smoking; Friday, May 2, couples Mediterranean; May 5, Cinco de Mayo; May 7, fish and shellfish; May 9, Bourbon recipes. 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 30 and Friday, May 2, pork with portabello cream and cognac; May 6, 9 and 10, lobster bouillabaise; May 12, 14 and 16, duck breast with cranberries and Port wine. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, May 2, tapas; May 8, Italian supper; May 9, couples Asian; May 16, couples TBA; May 20, Wild Women; May 28, ladies’ grilling class. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef d’Jour Classes: Saturday, May 3, cooking with alcohol. Details and registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450
Forest Acres Farmers Market, opens 3-7 pm. today, April 30, and every Wednesday through October 29. Look for the big tent at Richland Mall in the parking lot on Beltline Boulevard. Vendor applications can be found at farmersintheforest.org, follow on Facebook
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