It’s Blue Ribbon Time! Open registration for The South Carolina State Fair is now through Sept. 1. The Competitive Exhibits Guide should be reviewed thoroughly prior to registering and can be found online at www.scstatefair.org. Competition in art, agriculture, flowers and home & craft (food) is limited to South Carolina residents and out-of-state students attending an instate school of higher learning. The livestock and smallstock departments are “open to the world.” The S.C. State Fair runs Oct. 8-19.
Raise a pint and welcome Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company! The latest addition to Columbia’s craft beer scene is debuting the ESB Inaugural Ale with new taps. Find the brew (and the party) at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista; The Whig, 1200 Main St.; and as of Saturday, Aug. 16, Vino Garage, 2327 Main St. Tap Room Grand Opening 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, with Wurst Wagen, Haute Dog Lady and The Donut Guy. Enjoy five beers for flight and pint purchases (no growlers on Sunday). More information, follow on Facebook. Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is located at 921 Brookwood Dr., off Bluff Road.
Fishin’ for Q? Enjoy the lip-smacking Bass & BBQ competition Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, during the Forrest Wood Cup outside Colonial Life Arena. A $5 donation gets you five tickets to redeem for samples/votes in the fan-selected Fisherman’s Favorite Award 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Professional judging is 1:30 p.m. Saturday with winners announced at 4:35 p.m. On Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., enjoy BBQ from the 36 competing teams.
Burntshirt Vineyards introduces Apple Wine. Celebrate the launch of wine made with apples from Henderson County, N.C., 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Tasting Room and Patio of Burntshirt Vineyards, 2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, N.C., (828) 685-2402, www.burntshirtvineyards.com
Watch a sneakpeek of ‘Wingmen,’ starring the guys behind 2 Fat 2 Fly! That’s right, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network is creating a series around Corey and Ramone of the popular Columbia-based food truck. While the series premieres at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, you can catch a sneak preview by clicking on this link: http://www.oprah.com/own/Wingmen-Premieres-on-OWN
Wine tasting at Gourmet Shop. Lucas Rosin, from Country Vintner, presents six wines from the famed region of Sangiovese including Avignonesi Vino Nobile, Felsona Chianti Classico Reserva, Argiano Brunello and Avignonesi Vin Santo, 6 p.m. Aug. 21. $20 in advance, $30 at door. Register online at thegourmetshop.net or call (803) 799-3705. The Gourmet Shop is at 724 Saluda Avenue.
Speaking of local wines, it’s time for the Irvin-House Vineyard Grape Stomping Festival. Stomp locally grown muscadines noon-5 p.m. Aug. 23 at Irvin-House Vineyard, 3775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. Admission $10 per car, bring lawn chairs or blankets to relax and enjoy live music and food; tastings of Firefly Vodka and Irvin-House Vineyard wines available. Join in the Lucy Look Alike contest, where “I Love Lucy” fans don their best Lucille Ball costume and re-enact the famous 1956 grape-stomping episode. More information at www.charlestonwine.com
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.
Get your tickets now for A Fine Affair: Colored with Care, a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at DoubleTree Columbia, 2100 Bush River Road. Enjoy a dazzling array of food from local restaurants, cocktails, live music and a silent auction. Tickets $75 per person, $125 per couple, available through www.afineaffair2014.eventbrite.com or call (803) 254-0118.
Euphoria Greenville, a celebration of food and music in the Upstate, is Sept. 18-21. Tickets are on sale now for special events and dinners, some VIP packages are available. More information at www.euphoriagreenville.com
Two Gals and A Fork Food Tours of Vista area restaurants and pubs, lead by Gloria Freeman and Janet Jordan. Join a tour or let them customize a culinary experience just for you. Information at www.twogalsfoodtours.com or call (803) 356-6809
Columbia Food Tours, owned by Kristin and Brian Cole, take you on a walking tour of downtown Columbia to experience the culture and cuisine of the Capital City. Sign up for a tour, gathering at the State House steps, and visit six to eight of Columbia’s finest restaurants and sample items from the menu. Tours last 21/2 hours, rain or shine. More information and ticket reservations at www.columbiafoodtours.com
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 three-night, four-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: An Evening with Mrs. Pastides, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 9 and Oct. 8, $40; Healthy Habits for a Fantastic Fall with Lere Robinson, a series of Thursday evening classes beginning Oct. 16 through Nov. 20, $35 per class, $210 for series with discounts available for students, seniors and military. For information, see http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking. Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email email@example.com. 915 Greene St., Suite 101
Saturdays @ The Center. BBQ Basics with Pit Master JT Handy, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 6. Prepare pork butts, ribs, chicken quarters. $50 per person, call (803) 476-8601 to reserve a space. The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, Aug. 13 (2-4 p.m.), Kids Cook with Dr. Seuss (ages 5-7); Aug. 15, couples late summer date night; Aug. 16, sushi; Aug. 18, tomatoes; Aug. 20, “Southern” Asian; Aug. 21, Greek; Aug. 22, Mediterranean; Aug. 23, food & wine pairing; Aug. 26, curry; Aug. 27, Eat your veggies!; Aug. 29, couples Latin; Aug. 30 (10 a.m.), canning workshop. 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. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13, 15 and 16, rack of lamb; Aug. 19, 22, escalpini of veal Cordon Bleu; Aug. 26, 10 tentacles; Aug. 29, chardonnay tasting with salmon Mumm champagne sauce. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, Aug. 15, couples class; Aug. 19, Wild Women; Aug. 20, Welcome back USC students 50 percent discount with valid ID; Aug. 22, couples class; Aug. 27, tailgating, wear a football jersey and get $5 off your class. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef du jour classes (9 a.m.-1 p.m.): Sept. 20, gourmet pizza on a budget; Oct. 4, Pickling 101; Nov. 8, Pie making 101; Dec. 6, holiday candies. Wine classes (6:30-9:30 p.m.): Sept. 9, California wines; Sept. 30, BBQ and Beer; Nov. 11, Burgundy wines; Dec. 2, rare wines. Registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450
Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus Classes 6-8 p.m.. Thursday, Aug. 14, Wholesome Meals in Minutes, $25. For more information or to register, call (803) 732-0432 or visit www.midlandstech.edu/cce Harbison Campus is located at 7300 College Street, Irmo.
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