The People’s Choice Bake-Off will be held 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Harvest Whiteford Campus, 501 Whiteford Way in Lexington. Enter to win cash prizes in categories of Appetizer, Breads, Casseroles or Dessert. Contest registration forms available by calling Linda Abrams at (803) 603-9249. Don’t want to bake? Come and sample the entries and vote for your favorite. Tickets $18 per person includes food and talk by inspirational speaker Peggy Beck, owner of The Joyful Palate Catering Co.
Glenforest School’s Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26. Enter to win prizes for the best chili in these catagories: Professional, Civic Organization or Individual. There will also be awards for People’s Choice, Overall Showmanship and a Grand Champion. Rules, tickets and more information at glenforest.org/fall-fest or call (803) 796-7622, ext. 109. Glenforest School is at 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia.
Speaking of chili ... Five Points Chili Cook-Off is 11 a.m.-6 p.m Nov. 9 on the 2100 block of Greene Street. Proceeds go to the HOPE Center and Camp Kemo. Reserve your spot in the competition today at chilicookoffinfivepoints.eventbrite.com
Celebrate Food Day early with CMDA! Columbia Midlands Dietetic Association is partnering with South Carolina United FC and South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield during the Carolina Cup soccer tournament to promote the importance of healthy eating and learning how to cook. Find group representatives 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the BB&T complex in Ballentine and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Polo Road complex. There will be snacks, a raffle and more.
Swampfest: Part I: An Evening of BBQ, Blues & Jazz begins 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the Harriet Barber House, 160 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Enjoy the Friday evening kick-off to the Saturday, Oct. 5, celebration of the rich heritage of Lower Richland County with pork barbecue and Asian-influenced dishes of chicken, shrimp and beef while debating whether or not the music is overshadowed by the food. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of event, available through congareeswampfest.com
Gaston Collard Festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5. Friday activities include a silent auction at 7 p.m., amusement rides and barbecue competition (setup time starts at 11 a.m., in place by 5 p.m. at Town Hall, 131 North Carlisle Street). Saturday brings the festival parade at 10 a.m. and a day of live music, rides, Antique Car and Tractor display and award ceremony for the barbecue contest. Collard and barbecue plates available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday until they run out. Want to compete? Rules and application at gastonsc.org or call (803) 796-775
Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour is 1-5 p.m. Sunday on the former grounds of the Pine Forest Inn. Fourteen homes along Salisbury Drive, Marion Avenue and President Circle will open up the kitchen for viewing, samplings of gourmet treats prepared by some of the best chefs in the Lowcountry and live performances by local musicians. Parking available at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, proceeds to benefit Dorchester Children. Information and tickets at dorchesterchildren.org or call Bob Ingram at (843) 875-1551
Holy Schnitzel! Oktoberfest at Incarnation Lutheran Church is Oct. 11-13. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, oompah bands and more! Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. More information at incarnationlutheran.com/oktoberfest/
BBQ, Bluegrass & Blue Jeans Benefit at The Farm at Ridgeway (SC Hwy 21 South), 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12 will feature live and silent acution, live music and barbecue from Can’t Quit Smokin’ BBQ Team (2011 and 2012 S.C. State BBQ Champs). Tickets $30 per person, $50 per couple, $10 kids under 10, free for kids under 6 years. Proceeds to fund critical needs of Emergency Department of Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Information at fairfieldmemorial.com or call (803) 608-5510.
Fall Harvest Week returns to Mo tor Supply Company Bistro Oct. 15-20. Enjoy a week of unique farm-to-table dishes and signature cocktails and the popular Meet The Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 15. Motor Supply is at 920 Gervais Street, (803) 256-6687, motorsupplycobistro.com
Lake Carolina Wine & Food Festival highlights the work of some of Columbia’s best chefs in an afternoon of great food and fine wine on the Village Green. There will be live music, chef demonstrations, a silent auction and more 2-5 p.m. Oct. 19. Proceeds to benefit Children’s Charities of the Midlands. Tickets and information at LakeCarolinaWineandFood.com
Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ: The Palladium Society’s Annual Silent Auction begins 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Robert Mills House. Bid on a variety of items including vacation packages and shopping deals while enjoying food by Scott Hall Catering. Admission is $20 for Palladium Society members, $30 for Historic Columbia members and $40 for general public. Proceeds go to fund Historic Columbia’s final stage of rehabilitation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Tickets on sale at BluegrassBiddingBBQ.eventbrite.com
Did someone say whiskey? The Great American Whiskey Fair, a giant tasting dedicated to bourbon and American whiskies, is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Oct. 17 at 701 Whaley. Meet the whiskey makers, see master mixologists face off in a cocktail challenge and sample some of the finest American spirits. Tickets $75 and $125 (VIP), available at experiencewhiskey.com. Sponsored by Bourbon Columbia (Kristian Niemi), Hampton Jaguar and Heritage Farms. All proceeds go to Columbia Museum of Art’s ongoing educational programs.
Bubbie’s Brisket & Bakery at Beth Shalom Synagogue is now taking pre-orders for food items in advance of the Jewish food extravaganza, scheduled for Nov. 17. Pre-orders must be received with payment by Oct. 22 and picked up between 9-10:45 a.m. Nov. 17. Download the form from thestate.com and mail to Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206. Items include: brisket, challah, corned beef, Kosher dill pickles, matzah ball soup and more. Information: (803) 782-2500
Wine tasting at Gourmet Shop 6 p.m. Oct. 30 featuring Chateau de Beaucastel wine and Angela Sanchez. $35 in advance, $45 at door. Call for reservations (803) 799-9463. The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Avenue, Five Points, thegourmetshop.net
The first Cook It Raw event in the United States will be at Bowens Island in Charleston Oct. 26. More than 40 local and internationally acclaimed chefs will come together and prepare their interpretation of Lowcountry barbecue, focusing on using local regional ingredients native to the Charleston area. Called “BBQ Perspectives,” some of the local chefs include Sean Brock (Husk, McCrady’s), Michelle Walker (Charleston Grill), Mike Lata (FIG, The Ordinary), Craig Deihl (Cypress), Jeremiah Bacon (The Macintosh and Oak Steakhouse) and Frank Lee (S.N.O.B.). Rodney Scott (Scott’s Barbecue) will act as Pitmaster. International chefs include Albert Adria (Tickets, Barcelona), April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig, NYC), Andre Chiang (Restaurant Andre, Singapore), Alejandro Ruiz (Casa Oaxaca, Iazaca) and Matthew Duffy (Cafe Boulud). Tickets and more information at cookitraw.org
Again with the pork ... Make Your Own Bacon workshop at Motor Supply Co. Bistro is Nov. 11. Plan now, ticket sales via Eventbrite. Get on a wait list by calling (803) 256-6687
Inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival is Nov. 11-17. This first-time event will feature wine dinners at area restaurants, wine strolls and more throughout the week. Special guest is Rob Mondavi Jr., of Mondavi Family Estate in Napa, California. A Celebrity Chef Tour, benefiting the James Beard Foundation and featuring chefs Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings and Steven Satterfield, will be Nov. 13 at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. See www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com for information, tickets on sale now.
28th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is Nov. 15-17 in Durham, N.C. Learn about sustainable farming through hands-on workshops covering subjects such as permaculture, bees, livestock, soils and more; Farm-to-Table food policy workshops; farm tours; and special presentations (keynote speaker is Paul Holmbeck, Director of Organic Denmark, and Sandor Katz will hold a class on fermentation). Details, registration at carolinafarmstewards.org or call (919) 542-2402
Music to Your Mouth a celebration of fine Southern food and wine and chefs is in its seventh year at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton. This year’s festivities will be Nov. 19-24. Slated for appearances this year are Sean Brock, Julian P. VanWinkle III, John T. Edge, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Lata, Craig Deihl, Edward Lee, Rodney Scott and Anne Quatrano. Event tickets are available now at www.musictoyourmouth.com
Recycle that cooking oil. You have choices: Richland County will take used fat, oil and grease at the Richalnd County C&D Landfill at 1070 Caughman Road North and at the county’s Lower Richland Drop-Off Site at 10531 Garners Ferry Road in Eastover. More information, call (803) 929-6000. Or take used cooking oil to the city of Columbia’s Southern Fried Fuel recycling program, open throughout the year, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays at the Public Works Facility, 2910 Colonial Drive. Cooking oil should be free of water, soap suds and food scraps and should be transported in a clean, nonbreakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid.
Columbia’s Cooking! 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+. Upcoming classes: Oct. 11, Halloween treats (costumes encouraged); Nov. 8, reading food labels and healthy choices; Dec. 13, holiday treats; classes 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25 per child. Home scholars healthy cooking classes: for home school students between ages 9-14, classes 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, $130 for six-week series, $60 for three weeks, $25 per class; Oct. 8, kitchen science; Oct. 15. vitamins and minerals; Oct. 22, baking and cooking swaps for healthier eating. An evening with Patricia Moore-Pastides, recipes from her new book, 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 15, $35 per person. Adult date night 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24, $50 per couple. See http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking for upcoming classes and information. Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email email@example.com. 915 Greene Street 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 2014. $10 per person, preregistration required. EdVenture is at 211 Gervais Street, (803) 779-3100, edventure.org
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, Oct. 3, Indian flavors; Friday, Oct. 4, couples Fall recipes; Saturday, Oct. 5, baking; Oct. 8, meat & poultry fundamentals; Oct. 9 tapas; Oct. 10, Baja fresh; Oct. 12, (2 p.m.) Ankarsrum original stand mixer demo, (6:30 p.m.) couples fall entertaining. 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. Friday, Oct. 4, French cooking goes to the dogs; Oct. 8 and 11, lobster flambe; Oct. 15 and 18, lobster bisque and bistro onion soup; Oct. 22 nd 25, duck with 3-pepper sauce. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, Oct. 3, sixth anniversary class; Friday, Oct. 4, tapas; Oct. 10, Italian small plates; Oct. 11, Asian dumplings and dim sum; Oct. 15, flavor of health with Katherine Shavo; Oct. 17, hands-on pasta; Oct. 18, couples Lowcountry cooking; Oct. 22, Wild Women; Oct. 31, Italian small plates. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. Chef du Jour classes: Oct. 26, holiday cookies; Nov. 9, tapas; Dec. 7, make your own gingerbread house. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at http://webapps .csg.sc.edu/ McCutchen
Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s along Beltline Boulevard www.facebook.com/ forestacresfarmersmarket
Seeds of Hope at Lourie Center 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, 1650 Park Circle Drive, (803) 779-1971
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket .com
Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Mondays at Doko Meadows in Blythewood and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center through November 7.
North Columbia Community Farmers Market, Thursdays beginning at 5 p.m. Corner of North Main and Newman streets
Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. http://vista.locallygrown .net or email vista firstname.lastname@example.org
Vista Marketplace at Whaley, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at 711 Whaley St. Facebook page: Vista Marketplace at Whaley
Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com
Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays through October. Carlisle Street (between Lexington and Columbia avenues) www.irmofarmersmarket .com
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 22 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. www.sa.sc.edu/healthy carolina/farmersmarket
Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26. www.clemson.edu/public /rec/sandhill/programs /market.