Steak-umm Firehouse Challenge. Firefighters send in your best Steak-umm Sliced Steaks recipe now through July 5 at www.firehousechallenge2014.com for a chance to win the $20,000 Grand Prize as well as other prizes for the firehouse. Rules at the Firehouse Challenge website.
Put your eggs in this basket! Eggland’s Best announces the “Your Best Recipe” contest where one lucky in-home chef will win $10,000. Enter your best original recipes that call for a minimum of two whole EB eggs. Grand Prize winner receives $10,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to winners in Breakfast, Appetizer, Main Course and Dessert categories as well as Kid-Friendly and Fan Favorite. More information at www.egglandsbest.com/yourbestrecipe Deadline July 31.
Days of Thunder VIII: BBQ, Blues and Brews May 31 and June 1 at Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson and Quaker Steak & Lube, Exit 82 off I-20. On May 31, enjoy BBQ, live music and give-aways 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Then on Sunday, June 1, take part in the Thunder Tower Anniversary Ride or Car Cruise-In at Quaker Steak & Lube and enjoy live music and food from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This is a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More information at (803) 461-1121 or www.thundertowerharley.com
Sip some cider: Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery, near York, will be open for hard cider tastings weekends in 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.
Mark your calendar: FREE Doughnut Day at Krispy Kreme June 7. Stop by any participating Krispy Kreme location and get ONE free doughnut, any variety, in honor of National Doughnut Day. More info at nationaldoughnutday2014.com or follow @KrispyKreme #NationalDoughnutDay2014
High on the Hog BBQ contest, June 6-7 at White Hall Plantation, 10 Harborview Circle, Beaufort. Pre-order whole Boston Butts: $32 by June 3. Event tickets $15 per person, $14 for military; proceeds go to LowCountry Habitat for Humanity. Details at highonthehogbeaufort.com
The Upstate SC Farm Tour with 23 farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens and Greenwood counties is June 7-8. Get tickets, $25 per vehicle (good for both days), at carolinafarmstewards.org
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.
Learn from the pros: Carolina Outdoor Cooking presents Backyard Cooking 101. Learn how to make smoked prime rib, baby back ribs, chicken, cedar planked salmon, seasonal veggies and dessert on the grill 10 a.m.-4p.m. June 21 at Project Hope Soup Kitchenm 525 S. Academy St. in Greenville. $175 per person includes lunch and all day samplings. Register at www.carolinaoutdoorcooking.com
Become a BBQ Judge! South Carolina Barbecue Association (SCBA) Judging Seminar, 10 a.m-4 p.m. July 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia. Learn from SCBA founder Lake High. Cost $45 plus a yearly membership to SCBA, $35. Register by emailing Lake High at email@example.com or online at www.scbarbecue.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/75-join-us-4
Ritz-Carlton Charlotte’s Bar Cocoa Cooking Classes focus on springtime favorites taught by Pastry Sous Chef Jeanette Payne. May 31, Macarone: Chocolate, Red Velvet, Vanilla and Nutella. Register by calling (704) 547-2244. The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte Bar Cocoa and the Cocoa Lab Kitchen are at 201 East Trade Street in Charlotte. www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte or www.barcocoacharlotte.com
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. May 25, edible plant walk; June 1, cob oven workshop. More information and registration at www.matthewkip.com
Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+; Summer Culinary Camps, June 16-20, Beginner basics; June 23-27, Around the World; July 7-10, Advanced Culinary; July 15-17, Gluten, Peanut, Seafood Free; July 29-31, The Art of the Soup, Salad and Sandwich Combination. 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, May 21, sunshine and seafood; May 23, bring on the Bourbon; May 24, Memorial Day cookout; May 28, picnic perfect; May 29, Italy meets the South; May 30, couples Mediterranean; May 31, knife skills. 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, May 23, German white wine tasting; May 27, 28, creme brulee and blueberries flambe; June 10 and 13, venison in a Grand Veneur sauce; June 17 and 20, 30 minute meal. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: May 28, ladies’ grilling class; June 20, tapas; June 24, Wild Women, June 27, couples class; Kids’ summer camp: June 30-July 3, 9 a.m. to noon, Healthy Hands Cooking with Jan Pinnington. Kids age 9-13 learn to basic kitchen skills and how to make healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and help out in the kitchen. $165 per student. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Details and registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450
Farmers in the Forest, Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall in the parking lot along Beltline Boulevard. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. through Oct. 29. Vendor applications can be found at farmersintheforest.org, follow on Facebook
Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays through September, Carlisle Street, Irmo, www.irmofarmersmarket.com
Kershaw County Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 16, 631 W. DeKalb St., Camden, www.kcfarmersmarket.org
Lex ington Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 27, Lexington Square Park, 205 E. Main St.
Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through November, Lake Carolina’s Town Center
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket.com
Sandhills Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 25 at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill
Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com