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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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