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.
Izzabee’s Confectioneries, a Lexington Farmers Market vendor, to be featured on Food Network’s ‘Cupcake Wars.’ Stop by the Lexington Farmers Market Saturday morning (9 a.m.-1 p.m.), Oct. 19, and pick up some sweets and then settle back at home to watch ‘Cupcake Wars’ at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Will they win the battle or crumble under pressure? Lexington Farmers Market is at 206 N. Church Street; Food Network is Time Warner Cable channel 40.
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. Thursday, 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.
September Oaks Vineyards hosts its inaugural wine tasting and literary festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 26. The festival will feature Lowcountry writers and wine tastings throughout the day. September Oaks is located at 893 Grays Highway, Ridgeland, (843) 726-9463, septemberoaks.com
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
Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Gervais & Vine Oct. 28. Enjoy a multi-course seafood dinner, paired with wine, and learn more about the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Gervais & Vine is at 620-A Gervais Street. Call for reservations, (803) 799-8463
Francis Burns United Methodist Women’s Fall Pecan Sale Campaign to benefit church missions is launching, selling 2013 pecan crop from a local South Carolina orchard. Choose gift bags of one-pound bag of large pieces ($11), jumbo halves ($11.50), chocolate covered halves ($12.50), sugar-free chocolate covered halves ($13.75) or 14-ounce boxes of honey roasted halves ($12.50). Deadline for orders, Nov. 2; target delivery date, Nov. 11. To order, or more information, call Doris McNair (803) 754-3384.
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.
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
Columbia’s Cooking! 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+. Upcoming classes: 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. 22, baking and cooking swaps for healthier eating. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 915 Greene Street Suite 101
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, Oct. 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
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, 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