Flying Saucer celebrates 10th anniversary in Columbia 5-11 p.m. Thursday with four rare brew releases. Beer enthusiasts age 21 and over will learn a bit about the special brews from Brandi Allen, general manager and in-house beer guru. Flying Saucer is located at 931 Senate Street, (803) 933-9997, www.beerknurd.com
The Tasty Tomato Festival is Saturday, at City Roots urban farm in Rosewood, celebrating all things tomato. Tickets are $5 in advance. Start celebrating early during the Twelve Days of Tasty Tomato going on now at area restaurants. Check out special tomato-centric dishes on the menus at 116 State, Cafe Strudel, Cellar on Greene, Cock n’ Bull, Crust Bakehouse, DiPrato’s, Drip on Main, Il Giorgione, Jake’s on Devine, Mr. Friendly’s, Rosewood Market Deli, Rosso, Solstice, Terra, The Oak Table and Thirsty Fellow. Details: tastytomatofestival.com.
Palmetto Palate features local chefs showcasing local ingredients in an evening of food and fun at 701 Whaley. Friends of the Farm Bureau PAC organizes the event. Tickets for this event, 6 p.m. July 25, are $50 and available by calling Kristin Lavender (803) 936-4219 or online at http://palmettopalate2013.eventbrite.com
Gervais & Vine hosts the Milonga Paracticum Argentinian Dance Troupe July 22. Enjoy a performance and mix and mingle with the dancers. On Aug. 6, the restaurant hosts a Sustainable Seafood Dinner featuring Danielle Robinson from AdVintage and a representative from the Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Make reservations now. 620 Gervais Street, (803) 799-8463, www.gervine.com
Inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival is Nov. 11-17. This first-time event will feature wine dinners at area restaurants, wine strolls and more throughout the week. Special guest is Rob Mondavi Jr., of Mondavi Family Estate in Napa, California. A Celebrity Chef Tour, benefiting the James Beard Foundation and featuring chefs Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings and Steven Satterfield, will be Nov. 13 at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. See www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com for information, tickets go on sale July 1.
Music to Your Mouth a celebration of fine Southern food and wine and chefs is in its seventh year at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton. This year’s festivities will be Nov. 19-24. Slated for appearances this year are Sean Brock, Julian P. VanWinkle III, John T. Edge, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Lata, Craig Deihl, Edward Lee, Rodney Scott and Anne Quatrano. Event tickets are available now. www.musictoyourmouth.com
The State Fair is now accepting entries in the Home & Craft category (includes baked goods, canning and special baking contests). Enter now through Sept. 1 with no entry fee; late registration Sept. 2-13 with $25 late fee. More information and online entry forms at www.scstatefair.org
Cookbook author Sheri Castle comes to Charleston Cooks! Enjoy a special cooking class and book signing with author, food writer and recipe developer Sheri Castle 6:30 p.m. July 24 at Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill Market. Castle will be preparing recipes from her latest book “The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Recipes for Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers Markets, Roadside Stands and CSA Boxes.” Cost $55 per person. Register at www.charlesoncooks.com or call (864) 335-2000. Charleston Cooks! is at 702 Cross Hill Road, Columbia.
Cake decorators: this Brit knows best. Improve your royal icing piping skills working with Christine Flinn, accredited British Sugarcraft Guild Instructor, during two sessions Aug. 13 -14, sponsored by NC ICES at Comfort Suites, 10415 Centrum Parkway, Pineville, NC. The Aug. 13 class, limited to 10 students, $220 per person, will cover bridged and bridgeless extension work. The Aug. 14 class, limited to 16 students, $165 per person, is a beyond-beginner skills class covering piping techniques (templating, graduated line work, scrolls, bulbs, flowers and leaves). Sign up for both days for $350 (a $35 savings). Download registration form at www.ncices.org
Learn from champion pit masters. Carolina Outdoor Cooking BBQ Class will cover the techniques and art of preparing Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Memphis pork ribs and competition quality sauces and rubs, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Exhibition Kitchen at the State Farmers Market. $275 per person includes lunch and all day barbecue samplings. Register online at www.carolinaoutdoorcooking.com or call Garland Hughes (803) 360-4700 or email email@example.com
Grits are golden. Luquire Family Foods of Pawleys Island won a National Association of Specialty Foods Trade Gold sofi award during the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City for their Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits (sofi stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation). Learn more about the Luquire family and their all-natural grits and long grain rice at www.carolinacreole.com
When only the best will do ... Wine Spectator has released the 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards, which highlight eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections. Columbia area restaurants making the list include Goatfeathers, Hampton Street Vineyard, Motor Supply Co. Bistro, Ristorante Divino, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Terra. Hamptons Restaurant of Sumter also made the list. See the complete list of statewide winners in the August issue of Wine Spectator on newsstands July 23.
Get creative with quinoa. Alter Eco is looking for creative and nutritious recipes highlighting their brand of quinoa. Use any of their varieties of quinoa (black, rainbow, red or pearl). Five semi-finalists will be selected from submitted recipes with the grand prize winner receiving a trip for two to Napa, accommodations for two nights and entry to the Culinary Institute of America’s gala “Ingredients for Impact: A Fair Trade Forum” on Oct. 6. Contest entries will be accepted through Aug. 11. Information at www.alterecofoods.com/recipe-contest
Win a barbecue with Spike Mendelsohn. Just pick up specially marked cans or bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and enter the five- or six-digit code for your chance to win a barbecue with Spike (of Top Chef Seasons 4 and 8) and eleven of your favorite friends. Contest ends Aug. 20 mikescodes.com
Columbia Cooks! has a cooking camp for children July 30-Aug. 1 (camp for kids with food allergies). Details: or to register for camps, see http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking. Columbia’s Cooking! is on the USC campus in the Discover I Building, 915 Greene Street.
Taste Buds Cooking Lab at EdVenture Summer camps: $145 per week/per child/members, $165/non-members; register one week before camp starts, price includes T-shirt and food. Ages 3-4 years: July 29-Aug. 2, Edible EdVentures; Ages 5-7: July 15-19 or Aug. 5-9, Eddie’s Cookbook, learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, receive apron and cookbook; Ages 11-12: July 22-26, Camp Chef. More information or register at www.edventure.org/camps_summer.aspx or call Brittani Lane (803) 400-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, herbs; Friday, couples picnic; Saturday, cupcakes. For children, Charleston Cooks! Kids’ Summer classes: All classes are hands-on participation. Schedule includes: Kids Around the World Workshop for ages 8-12, July 22-July 25; Baking Workshop (ages 8-12) August 5-8; Cooking Through Time Culinary Camp (ages 8-12), July 29-August 1. 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, frog legs; July 23, 30-minute meal; July 26, Loire Valley wines; July 30 and Aug. 2, beef tartare. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Katherine Shavo hosts a series of Healthy Cooking classes: July 30, herbs; Aug. 6-Sept. 4, five-week series on healthy cooking and nutrition ($190 for all five classes, single classes available), register at www.kshavonutrition.com/classes; Thursday, Italian; Friday, couples Asian; July 24, Eye on Food; July 26, couples soup. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at http://webapps .csg.sc.edu/ McCutchen
Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s along Beltline Boulevard www.facebook.com/forestacresfarmersmarket
Seeds of Hope at Lourie Center 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, 1650 Park Circle Drive, (803) 779-1971
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket.com
Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Mondays at Doko Meadows in Blythewood and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center through November 7.
North Columbia Community Farmers Market, opens 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27, then every Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Corner of North Main and Newman streets
Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. http://vista.locallygrown.net or email email@example.com
Vista Marketplace at Whaley, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at 711 Whaley St. Facebook page: Vista Marketplace at Whaley
Soda City Market, 8 a.m.-noon. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com
Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays through October. Carlisle Street (between Lexington and Columbia avenues) www.irmofarmersmarket.com
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through July 30 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. www.sa.sc.edu/healthycarolina/farmersmarket
Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26. www.clemson.edu/public/rec/sandhill/programs/market