Holy Schnitzel! Oktoberfest at Incarnation Lutheran Church is this weekend, Oct. 11-13. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, oompah bands and more! Friday and Saturday hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. More information at incarnationlutheran.com/oktoberfest/
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 Back! 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
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
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, Oct. 11, lobster flambe; Oct. 15 and 18, lobster bisque and bistro onion soup; Oct. 22 and 25, duck with 3-pepper sauce. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com