Learn from championship pit masters. Plan to attend the Carolina Outdoor Cooking BBQ Class, lead by pit masters Brian Teige, from Up In Smoke, and Garland Hudgins, from Big GQ, at the Exhibition Kitchen at the State Farmers Market on Aug. 14. This all-day class (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) will cover the techniques and art of preparing and cooking Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Memphis pork ribs and smoked chicken. $250 per person includes lunch and all-day BBQ samplings. Register before Aug. 10, call Garland Hudgins, (803) 360-4700 or garland@carolinaoutdoorcooking or at the website, carolinaoutdoorcooking.com
Yes, you can! Learn to can fruits and vegetables during a canning class 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 11 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church on Sparkleberry Lane, across from Spring Valley High School. Taught by Clemson Extension Agent Nancy Harrison, the class will cover an introduction to principles for safely preserving fruits and vegetables by pressure and boiling bath canning and participation in a canning demonstration. Contact Harrison at (803) 874-2354, ext. 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a $30 per person check made out to Clemson University to PO Box 161, St. Matthews, SC 29132
The Southern Living Taste of Charleston is set for Sept. 28-30. This three-day celebration of Lowcountry cuisine, co-hosted by Southern Living Magazine and the Charleston Restaurant Association, will include an Iron Chef Competition featuring some of the best local chefs on Sept. 28; Sweet and Southern on Shem Creek, a singer/songwriter showcase, on Sept. 29; Dine Around, special prix fix menus at participating Charleston-area restaurants, Sept. 28 and 29; and the main Taste of Charleston event at Boone Hall Plantation on Mount Pleasant on Sept. 30.
Sandhills Farmers Market along Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill, is open 2-7 p.m. every Tuesday through November. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions. Information at clemson.edu/sandhill or (803) 699-3719, (803) 788-5700
Healthy Carolina Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Greene Street in front of the Russell House at USC Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Northeast Farmers Market at Lake Carolina is open 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center.
All-Local Farmers Market Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, 701 Whaley Street
First Market at First Nazareth Baptist Church, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, 2351 Gervais Street
Columbia’s Cooking also offers a Culinary Camp for kids ages 8-15 at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center at 306 Flora Drive on Aug. 6-10. Learn basic cooking and baking techniques from a skilled instructor. $215/week for members, $240/week nonmembers. Campers also will receive a Columbia’s Cooking insulated lunch box.
Register for Columbia’s Cooking classes at cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking/classes or contact Katherine Shavo, (803) 576-5636, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 576-5666.
Providence Cooks! A series of healthy cooking classes held at Providence Cafe in the hospital at 2435 Forest Drive, begins Aug. 9. All classes meet 6-8 p.m., $20 per person includes three-course meal, recipes and giveaways. Call 1-877-256-5381 for information or registration.
Cake Decorating Classes at Michaels in Harbison. Wilton Decorating Basics begin 10 a.m. Aug. 10. Tuition is $23, plus student kit ($34.99 before coupon). Sign up at Michaels, 244 Harbison Blvd., or contact Tara Robinson (803) 319-7217, email@example.com
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, Saturday, lobster thermidor; Aug. 7, 10 & 11, pork Oscar; Aug. 14, 17 & 18, crackling salmon; Aug. 20, 21, cold soups; Aug. 24, wine tasting; Aug. 28, 30 & 31, beef Wellington. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com