Oysters Down on the Farm 6-10 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Harmon’s Tree Farm (in the barn), 3152 Augusta Rd. This Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center event features oysters, barbecue, burgers, beer and more; corn hole games and music by Trent Jeffcoat. Tickets $50, available at www.lexingtonsc.org
South Carolina Cornbread Festival is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Main and Newman streets in North Columbia. Fun for the whole family, events include 5K Run/Walk, Little Miss Muffin Pageant, live music and, of course, cornbread (in a variety of flavors: sweet, honey, crackling, gluten-free, jalapeno and pulled pork). More information at www.sccornbreadfestival.com
Lonerider Brewing Company’s Showdown Festival 4-11 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Moore Square, Raleigh. Enjoy Lonerider’s brews and live music while benefitting The Boys & Girls Clubs in Wake County. Tickets available at etix.com, information at www.loneridershowdown.com
Under the Table Dinner at Oak Table 6:30 p.m. March 30. Executive Chef Howard Stephens and guest Chef Travis Rayle, from Rosso, will be preparing a Southern Italian dinner. Tickets $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Cash bar available but guests have the option to BYOB. Proceeds go to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Call for reservations (803) 563-5066. The Oak Table is located at 1221 Main St.
Foolish for Chocolate: A preposterous celebration of the sweeter side of life. A bake sale at Crescent Cacao (rescheduled from February snows), noon-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Participants include Ally & Eloise Bake Shop, B for Butter, Chocolate Nirvana, Evolution Through Chocolate, Happy Cafe, Indigo Chocolate, K&K Gourmet Sweets, Main Street Bakery and The Goddess of Truffles. Get seduced at 3015-B Millwood Ave.
CSFA Farm Tour Kick-Off Event 6-9 p.m. April 3 at City Roots. Local chefs Travis Rayle (Rosso), Howard Stephens (The Oak Table), Charley Scruggs (The Oak Table), Gordon Langston (Bourbon) and Krisitan Niemi (Rosso and Bourbon) will be pairing plates with beers from River Rat Brewery in celebration and benefit of the Midlands Farm Tour. Tickets $80 per person, available at eventbrite.com, includes cocktail, five courses and beer; gratuity not included.
Midlands SC Farm Tour is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. April 5 and 6. Featuring 10 local sustainable farms in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties, come out and bring the family to see baby farm animals, learn gardening and growing techniques, enjoy a farm-fresh picnic or snack and see where your food comes from. Tickets $25 per vehicle, good for both days, available online at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.com/mft or at Whole Foods Market and City Roots. Want to volunteer? Sign up on VolunteerSpot, http://vols.pt/gCprvT. The Upstate SC Farm Tour with farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens and Greenwood counties is June 7-8.
Tour and Tasting at Columbia Museum of Art. Doug Aylard, of Vino Garage, introduces Asian-inspired wines and Japanese sakes and CMA Education manager Kayleigh Vaughn walks you through the museum’s Japan and the Jazz Age exhibition 6 p.m. April 3. Tickets $65 for non-members, $55 for CMA members.
West Wateree Rotary Wild Game Dinner and Silent Auction April 5 at Old McCaskill Farm in Rembert. This event will raise money for college scholarships for graduating Lugoff-Elgin High School students. Tickets $35 per person, $65 per couple and are available at First Community Bank, Mid Carolina Credit Union or First Citizens Bank in Kershaw County. Contact Amy Schofield, (803) 427-6420 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Champagne and Pearls: An evening with Mikimoto at Columbia Museum of Art. 6 p.m. April 10, reception to follow. Mikimoto is synonymous with the pearl and recognized internationally as a symbol of excellence in fine jewelry. Join CMA and Sylvan Jewelers for an evening with Mikimoto (American) Ltd. senior vice president Aaron C. Reed as he tells the story of Kokichi Mikimoto and his vision of adorning “the necks of all the women of the world in pearls.” Champagne and scotch reception and Mikimoto trunk show follows lecture. Tickets $40, $30 for CMA members.
Mac Madness hits Florence April 11. Twelve area chefs prepare their best Mac-and-Cheese recipes for the public to taste and choose a winner. Cold beer, mechanical bull riding, a kid’s zone and live bands round out the evening. Tickets $5 general admission, $10 VIP (souvenir glass and voting chips) or upgrade for access to the Harvest Hope Luxury Lounge, $35, featuring unlimited mac-and-cheese samples, wine and craft beer tastings. Proceeds benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. www.macmadnesssc.com
Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase will be 3-6 p.m. April 13 at 711 Whaley. Chefs must feature at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient in their dish as they compete for the most delicious bite. Participating restaurants include Terra, Motor Supply Co. Bistro, Rosso Trattoria, Bourbon, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro, Spotted Salamander Catering, Rosewood Market and Deli, Scott Hall Catering, The Oak Table, Saluda’s and Tombo Grille. Tunes and cash bar by The Whig, featuring wine and local craft beers. Tickets $20 for general admission; $15 for Slow Food USA and Nickelodeon members; $10 for Potluck participants. Join in the Potluck by bringing in a dish (roughly 20 small portions) made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient. Information and tickets at indiegrits.com
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.
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.
It’s All About Herbs Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5 at Lexington County Museum. Free event featuring plant sale, bake sale, seminars, demonstrations and a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds to help fund a scholarship for a qualified student in Lexington County pursuing an education in horticulture; maintain the Colonial Garden at the museum and provide professional herbalists to educate the community on the use of herbs for cooking, growing, crafting and medical usage. Information at www.facebook.com/theherbbunch
Greek Bake Sale and Luncheon by the Saint Katherine’s Philoptochos Society of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 10, at1931 Sumter St. Luncheon includes chicken souvlaki with orzo, green beans, salad, bread and tea, $8; Greek salad with bread and tea, $6; pastitsio, dalad, bread and tea, $8; spanakopita, $1 per slice; and a wide variety of cookies, cakes and pastries, custom Easter baskets and more. Order from the website www.stkatherinesphiloptochos.org or call (803) 252-6758, ext. 4, for dinner pick-up 4-6 p.m. Pick-up orders must be placed by noon April 10.
Peak of the Season GrowFood Party 5:30-8:30 p.m. 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
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, tickets $250 per person. More information at www.facebook.com/Bovinoche or www.bovinoche.com.
Our Local Catch, specializing in supplying local and sustainable seafood, is now at Rosewood Market twice a week. Find them under the tent every Thursday and Friday 1-7 p.m. 2803 Rosewood Drive, online at ourlocalcatch.com
Recycle that cooking oil. You have choices: Richland County will take used fat, oil and grease at the Richland 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, non-breakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid.
Columbia Warrior Cook-Off is a new barbeque competition sanctioned and judged by the S.C. Barbeque Association on May 24 at the State Fairgrounds. Prizes will be awarded to the top five barbeque cooking teams. The competition is open to the first 75 teams to properly complete the entry process by May 9 and be accepted. Cock Pit Barbeque, organizer of this event, seeks donations and sponsorships; proceeds from this event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. More information at http://www.cockpitbarbeque.com or www.facebook.com/CockPitBarbeque or call Brooks Herring at (803) 269-4167. Downloadable entry and sponsorship forms linked to this article at thestate.com
Check out The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards honoring 20 categories of America’s favorite food experiences: from best food truck to best food city and chef. The public is invited to vote online for their favorites now through March 31 at Tablespoon.com/themunchies. “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern and a panel of more than 40 celebrity food chefs developed the list of nominees (Charleston chef Sean Brock is nominated for Best Chef). Winners will be announced in early April.
Is your dish good enough to get “On the Menu”? TNT has begun production of a new cooking competition show where home cooks will be challenged to create the next signature dish for a national dining institution. “On the Menu” will be hosted by Ty Pennington (“Trading Spaces,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and contestants will be mentored by Chef Emeril Lagasse (“Emeril Live,” “Top Chef”). Amateur cooks will work with professional chefs to create dishes for that week’s selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand or other American food business. The winning dish immediately foes on the business’s menu, giving viewers at home the chance to try the dish the very next day. Interested in competing? Email email@example.com
Turkish cooking classes, presented by the South Carolina Dialogue Foundation, offer step-by-step directions for creating rich and delicious dishes. Classes are 12:30-2:30 p.m. every other Saturday at SCDF, 909 Shull St., West Columbia, (803) 386-4377. Limited seating, register online at www.scdialogue.org. March 29, baklava.
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. March 30, fruit tree pruning; April 13, getting started with organic gardening; May 11, composting; April 12, 17 and May 25, edible plant walk; June 1, cob oven workshop. More information and registration at www.matthewkip.com
Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Wednesday, March 26 (noon), Spring grill-out; Friday, March 28, couples spring entertaining; Saturday, March 29, knife skills; April 1, sushi; April 2, gluten-free gourmet; April 3, Uptown Down-Home Comfort with Chef Virginia Willis. 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. 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
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Wednesday, March 26, vegetarian with Chef Larry Platt; April 4, tapas; April 10, Greek yogurt recipes; April 11, couples S.C. flavor. 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, 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
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket .com
Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. http://vista.locallygrown .net or email vista email@example.com
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
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. www.sa.sc.edu/healthycarolina/farmersmarket