T he Tasty Tomato Festival is 4-9 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at City Roots. Enjoy an evening of fresh homegrown tomatoes and tomato-centric foods and games, live music... and find out the winners of The Tasty Tomato Contest and “Show Us Your Tomatoes” photo contest. Also, through Friday, July 18, check out the local restaurants participating in the Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast. Presented by Sustainable Midlands. More information and event tickets at tastytomatofestival.com
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Southern Belly BBQ is teaming with Harvest Hope Food Bank in its first BBQ Cook-Off and Food Drive. Stop by The Southern Belly 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, as local BBQ’ers fire up their smokers and compete for backyard bragging rights. Entry to the event is free (no ticket required), but bring canned goods, breakfast cereal or personal care items like shampoo and soap for donation. Southern Belly also is looking for amateur BBQ cooks to participate in the cook-off. Look for the “Contact The Organizer” eventbrite.com’s page for the cook-off.
Happening at Mary & Martha’s: Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, Harvest Hope Food Drive and Demonstration Day: Check out several new tools as Bev makes avocado dip. The first 12 people to bring in five cans for Harvest Hope to the demonstrations (at noon July 18; 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. July 19) get a free gift. Cookbook Exchange July 24-26: Tables will be set up to donate and swap cookbooks during business hours. Mary & Martha’s is at 4711 Forest Drive, (803) 787-6165, www.MaryandMarthaSC.com
It’s Funnel Cake Fridays at Cromer’s! Enjoy those platefuls of fried dough, along with corn dogs, SnoKones and fresh-squeezed lemonade, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday through the end of July. Cromer’s is located at 1700 Huger St., (803) 779-2290, www.facebook.com/GuaranteedWorst
Dunkin’ Donuts Happy Hour! Enjoy any size of iced coffees, iced teas and lemonade for 99 cents from 3-6 p.m. daily at participating Columbia area locations through Aug. 31.
The Palmetto Palate, an event fundraiser for Friends of the Farm Bureau Political Action Committee, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. July 24 at 701 Whaley. Enjoy an evening of great food and a silent auction of S.C. items. Participating restaurants include 2 Fat 2 Fly, Aberdeen Catering, Blue Marlin, Bourbon, Juniper, Let’s Cook, Oak Table, Rosso, Saluda’s, Silver Spoon Bakery, Terra and The Farmer’s Shed. Tickets $50 per person and available through eventbrite.com
HOT TICKET: July Harvest Dinner, July 28 at City Roots. If you’ve never been, check it out: following an opening cocktail, resident chefs Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle prepare a four-course meal of the freshest local ingredients, each dish paired with wine. With summer fruits and veggies ripening, July and August should be fantastic times for a meal on the farm. Tickets and details at eventbrite.com. City Roots is at 1005 Airport Blvd.
Arts&Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art, 7-11 p.m August 1. Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, live music, unique tours through the CMA collection and more. $8 public, $5 CMA members, join or renew your membership and get in free. Columbia Museum of Art is at Main and Hampton streets, (803) 799-2810, www.columbiamuseum.org
Get in touch with your Animal Instinct during a champagne reception with artist Shelly Reed 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Reed will give a private tour and gallery talk through the exhibition of her work, followed by a champagne toast and reception. Beer and wine cash bar available. $35 CMA members only, reserve a spot on the tour by Aug. 8. Columbia Museum of Art is at Main and Hampton streets, (803) 799-2810, www.columbiamuseum.org
Greenville Brew Tours offers Saturday tours of breweries, an overview of the brewing processes and tastings of craft beers with a final stop at The Greenville Growler Station, a leading craft beer tavern in Greenville. Participating breweries include Thomas Creek, Brewery 85, Quest Brewing and Swamp Rabbit Brewery with occasional excursions to Asheville, N.C., Charlotte and Athens, Ga. Tickets $55 per person. Private tours available. Information, schedule and ticket reservations at greenvillebrewtours.com
Are you chicken? Sustainable Midlands is looking for folks to participate in the first ever Tour de Coop Columbia backyard chicken tour planned for October. If you are interested in helping or having your coop on the tour, contact Ryan Nevius at firstname.lastname@example.org. The city of Columbia allows the keeping of four chickens, no roosters, with a permit and some restrictions.
My, I DO like pie! The Pie Academy, an online community of passionate pie makers is sponsoring a fall Lowcountry Pie Getaway in Savannah, Oct. 12-13. The 3-night, 4-day getaway will feature hands-on instruction by best-selling cookbook author Ken Haedrich, accommodations at the Marmaduke Hamilton Estate in the Historic District, most meals, trolley tours and special treats. Pricing and information at thepieacademy.com/the-pie-academys-2014-lowcountry-pie-getaway
Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: Second Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+; 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 email@example.com. 915 Greene St., Suite 101
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, July 16, Charleston Cooks! Food Truck; July 17, tasty tomatoes from Humble Farms; July 19, summer spices; July 21, Caribbean cruise; July 22 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) Teen Bootcamp (ages 13-16) Savory & Sweet Fundamentals; July 23, summer at the beach; July 24 (2-4 p.m.), Kids Camp (ages 5-7), Where’s my lunch?; July 25, BBQ tour of the U.S.; July 26, couples Sicilian summer; July 28-31 (8:30 a.m.-noon), Kids Baking Workshop (ages 8-12). 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 and Saturday, July 18 and 19, fillet of pork Oskar style (crabmeat, bernaise, asparagus); July 22, 25, tuna Nicoise; July 29, Aug. 1, 1-pound boneless pork chop, bistro style; Aug. 4 and 8, fillet of beef Rossini (foie gras and French black truffle). Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, July 18, couples; July 21, test drive a Tec Grill; July 22, Wild Women; July 23, grilling with Chef Platt; July 25, couples; August 8, tapas. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. 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
Blythewood Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays through July 23, Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood
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
Lexington 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
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Davis Field (Greene Street) www.sa.sc.edu/healthy%20carolina/farmersmarket
Put all 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.