Smokin’ at the Farmers Market Commissioners Cup BBQ Cook Off and Festival returns March 21 and 22 to the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy. Come out 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, for the Anything Butt (no pork) competition or swing by for the main event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, for pork ribs and Boston butts (tastings both days while supplies last). Sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network, prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Grand Champion SC State Champion, Reserve Champion, Pork Butts (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Pork Ribs (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Anything Butt, and new in 2014, Peoples Choice. There will be activities for children and live music. Ticket packages available at ticket booth. More information, contact Jackie Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Team entry forms and vendor/food truck information at agriculture.sc.gov. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 7.
Soda City Spring Fest will be happening 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 22. In addition to the regular vendors you see Saturday mornings, come by and check out the cooking and gardening demonstrations and sample some local craft beer. The market is located on the 1400-1500 blocks of Main Street in Columbia.
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.
Columbia’s Cooking! Up coming classes include: Thursday, March 6, Dressing Your Salad (find under Featured Guests) ; March 18; Flavors from Around the World: Anti-Cancer Superfoods (Wellness Courses); March 21, Italian Date Night (Evening Sessions); April 3, The Culture of Your Food (Featured Guests); 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
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, March 7, fillet of beef flambe Bordelaise style; March 11 and 14, halibut; March 18, mussels and salmon in champagne sauce; March 21, white pinot tasting with trout; April 3 and 4, Kobe beef; April 8, 11 and 12, sea bass; April 15 and 18, Maine lobster thermidor. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
McCutchen House at USC. Chef d’Jour Classes: Saturday, March 8, jams and jellies; March 29, brunch made easy; April 19, pasta and sauces; May 3, cooking with alcohol. Wine classes: April 1, dinner with Conquest Brewery; April 22, In-Depth Grape Series: Pinot Grigio. Details and registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450
Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com