Around the world in a weekend
It took Phileas Fogg 80 days to go around the world, you can do it in a weekend at the Columbia International Festival April 13 and 14 at the Cantey Building, State Fairgrounds. Learn about different cultures and taste the exotic flavors of world cuisine. This year’s focus is on South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Tickets are $4 in advance from the festival office at 610 Pickens St., (803) 799-0103, $5 at the gate, $1 children age 6-12, free for active military personnel with ID card. Festival times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 13; noon-6 p.m. April 14. www.cifonline.org
More green for your green.
In an effort to make fresh, locally grown, organic vegetables more affordable, City Roots is now offering all SNAP participants a special program in which they will receive “two for one” on all food purchases at City Roots. The in-town farm is located at 1005 Airport Blvd., (803) 254-2302, www.cityroots.org
It’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) time!
Spring has arrived and so has the time for signing up for a local CSA. That’s when local farms box fresh fruits and veggies for you at a convenient drop-off point. Check out individual websites for pricing, terms and delivery sites.
Blue Cactus owners mourn loss. John Michael Culclasure, the son-in-law of owner Lloyd Reese, died Friday. The restaurant, a popular Five Points eatery combining Korean, Cuban and vegetarian cuisine, will be closed until April 9. Friends of the restaurant have set up a fundraising page, https://rally.org/helpjulie, to raise money for his wife, Julie, and family. Jake’s of Columbia also is setting up a fundraiser for the family on April 11. A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/helpjulie, has been created to keep friends informed.
Slow Food at Indie Grits. Get your tickets ($10, $15, $20) for the Slow Food tasting and potluck highlighting local and sustainable ingredients, 4-7 p.m. April 14 at 701 Whaley. Tickets on sale at www.indiegrits.com
Take a Dirt RoadTrip (aka Lowcountry Farm Tour) April 20 on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands and McClellanville. $30 per carload for LLF members, $35 per carload for non-members. Info at www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org
Place your orders now for the Big Nosh! Pre-order delicious Jewish delicacies such as whitefish salad, kugel, knish, brisket, corned beef, pastrami and chopped liver in advance of the festival at Tree of Life Congregation 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 21. Tree of Life is located at 6719 N. Trenholm Rd., www.bignosh.org
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Tonight and Friday, halibut; April 9, 12, 13, Maryland soft shell crab; April 16, 19, rabbit. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com