The Grape Eclipse: This weekend, August 18-21, at Mercer House Estate Winery, 397 Walter Rawl Road, Lexington. Four days of celebrating mark the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the solar eclipse. Friday, Aug. 21, 3-9 p.m. is the Syzygy Social with wine slushies and bonfire. 11 a.m-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, is the dog walk and Vine-Wine tours. 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, bring a covered dish and a lawn blanket and enjoy a potluck picnic with pulled pork. For the big event noon-3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, observe the total eclipse and party with live music, food from local vendors and the release of “Eclipse Wine.” www.mercerhouseestatewinery.com.
Solar Chocolate Class: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, Lakeview empowerment Center, 1218 Batchelor St., West Columbia. Christina Miles, of Bruges Chocolaterie, shows you how to create eclipse-themed truffles and French appetizers. Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring your own apron — and a bottle of your favorite wine. $45 includes recipes and finished chocolates. www.brugeschocolaterie.com/product/solar-chocolate-class
Restaurants open Eclipse Sunday: Sunday, Aug. 20
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• Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company celebrates a third anniversary 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Live music, food trucks and special one-off release beers all day. 921 Brookwood Dr., www.facebook.com/Swamp-Cabbage-Brewing-Company
• Terra: join Chef Mike Davis during dinner hours at 100 State Street. Settle in before the big event and have a great view of Southern Lights laser installation. Call for reservations (803) 791-3443, www.terrasc.com.
August Solar Eclipse Low Country Boil & Paella: noon-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at City Roots. Farm To Table Event Co & Catering presents an eclipse party like no other. Live music and viewing glasses provided. Cash bar. $55/person, www.farmtotableeventco.com.
Farm to Fork at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Ndoki Forest habitat at Riverbanks. Enjoy dining al fresco with views of African elephants and western lowland gorillas. The farm-fresh feast, served family-style, will feature ingredients from Riverbanks’ vegetable garden. $80/person for zoo members, $100/person for non-members. Information/tickets at www.riverbanks.org
Connecting Health Innovations (CHI) presents, IMAGINE: Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30pm, starting on Sept. 5, at USC in the Discovery I building, 915 Greene St. This yearlong lifestyle intervention program is focused on reducing chronic inflammation through dietary changes, increased physical activity, and stress management. Register for culinary sessions, physical activity exercises, stress reduction practice, and 1-on-1 support from our counselors to learn how to reduce chronic inflammation. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, imaginehealthy.org.
Midlands Farm Tour: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9. See where your food comes from and learn about aquaponics, organic food production, hyperlocal wine production, rainwater harvesting, the 360 method of composting and alternative energy solutions. Pariticpating farms include Carolina Bay, Fire Barrel Farm, The Winery at Mercer House, Up On Cedar Knoll, Leesville Aquaponics, Terra Kotta Farm. Meador Acres Chestnuts, Arnold Farm, and more. Presented by Sustainable Midlands, all-inclusive tickets (available in July) are $10/person; children under 10 years, and WIC, SNAP and EBT beneficiaries admitted free with proof of eligibility. www.sustainablemidlands.org and midlandsfarmtour.com
Charleston Beer Week: Sept. 9-16, various locations throughout the Charleston area. See schedule at charlestonbeerweek.com.
Indian Summer Rose Dinner: 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Gervais & Vine, 620-A Gervais St. Danielle Robinson of AdVintage Wine presents rose wines paired with a multi-course dinner. (803) 799-8463, www.gervine.com.
Columbia’s Greek Festival: Sept. 14-17, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, corner of Sumter and Calhoun streets. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy Greek food, arts and crafts, market, tours of the church, dancing and more. www.columbiasgreekfestival.com
Rosso Italian Wine Dinner: Sept. 19 A multi-course dinner with Italian Wine Specialist Mauro Maugliani of Kobrand. (803) 787-3949 or rossocolumbia.com
euphoria Greenville: Founded by singer/songwriter Edwin McCain in 2006, this long weekend, Sept. 21-24, celebrates the food, wine, brews and music of the Upstate. Early events, such as Tapas & Tinis (7-10 p.m. July 14, $50/person) and ticket packages and festival passes (from $120 to $1,045/person) are on sale now. www.euphoriagreenville.com.
Jameson Whiskey Dinner: 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Gervais & Vine, 620-A Gervais St. Jacob Benchoff, of Southern Wine & Spirits, presents Jameson whiskey paired with a multi-course dinner. (803) 799-8463, www.gervine.com
Lunch & learn with Healthy Carolina: noon-1 p.m. Sept. 27, Center for Health and Well-Being, 1409 Devine St., Room 217. Lead dietitian Lisa Money shares her expertise on how to breastfeed as a working mom, including time management, hints for pumping, milk supply resources, and more. Information at COLVIND@mailbox.sc.edu or (803) 777-1650
Great American Whiskey Fair: 5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 28 at 701 Whaley. For a limited time, get general admission tickets for $50/person ($75 when early bird sells out) or VIP tickets — includes entire tasting, food, access to Cigar Veranda, GAWF t-shirt, good bag, early entry and chance to win a private bourbon tasting for 10 — $85/person ($125 when early bird sells out). www.experiencewhiskey.com, www.facebook.com/GreatAmericanWhiskeyFair or www.farmtotableeventco.com.
Taste of Atlanta: Oct. 20-22, Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta. Tickets on sale now for various dinners, tastings and events at www.TasteofAtlanta.com
Lunch at Old McCaskill’s Farm begins at noon every Friday. Served buffet-style, first come, first served, $10 per person. Check out the farm store while you’re there for farm-raised meats, cheeses and more. 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert, (803) 432-9537, www.oldmccaskillfarm.com.
FoodShare Columbia connects families and communities with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers. The partnership of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Richland Library, USC School of Medicine, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Columbia Housing Authority provides boxed food that can be ordered twice a month, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bellfield Cultural Arts Center at 2611 Grant St., (803) 255-8161. Cost is $20; $10 for SNAP participants. Cash and EBT accepted. www.facebook.com/FoodShare-Columbia.
Healthy Bucks: A program allowing SNAP recipients to obtain additional fresh fruits and vegetables when they use SNAP benefits to purchase fresh produce at participating farmers markets. SNAP recipients who purchase at least $5 with SNAP EBT card at participating locations get $10 in Healthy Bucks tokens for the purchase for additional fesh fruit and veggies. In Richland County: FoodShare Columbia, Dianne’s Call, City Roots and Martin Farm; in Lexington County: Beasons Farm Market; in Kershaw County: Kershaw County Farmers Market, United Way of Kershaw County. dss.sc.gov/assistance-programs
Take a trip, see a farm: The South Carolina Agritourism Association has created a Passport Program for farms in order to educate folks on what the agriculture industry means to the state. Participants can get a passport from any of the 44 farms on the tour and the more stamps collected in the passport, the more chances to win prizes, with one winner taking home $100 in Certified SC products. https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/agency-services/agritourism
Learn to become a farmer. Incubator Farm plots available at Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Road in Columbia. Participants in the Agriculture Incubator Program will have access to up to a 1/2 acre of irrigated land, a packing shed, equipment use, access to technical assistance, access to markets and training opportunities. Fee of $350 per year for up to three years, plus required safety and operation training. Contact Harry Crissy, email@example.com (use “Columbia Incubator” in subject line) or call (843) 730-5211.
Get the App: South Carolina Farmers and Roadside Market App shows more than 200 farmers markets and roadside produce stands. Click on location to see address, hours of operation, and methods of payment. New recipes each month will feature in-season produce. www.scdhec.gov/farmersmarkets
Pressure Canning Testing by Clemson Extension done by appointment at Sandhills Research and Education Center on Clemson Road. Have your pressure canner dial gauges checked for accuracy before use by an extension agent. $6, cash or check. Call (803) 865-1216 ext. 114 for more information.
Reduced Price Compost Bins: Contact Richland County Ombudsman’s office, (803) 909-6000 to order bins for $33.
Columbia’s Cooking: Classes held at USC’s Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Discovery 1 Building, Suite 200, 915 Greene St. Register online at columbiascooking.org/classes/ or ColaCook@mailbox.sc.edu or (803) 576-5636.
Providence Cooks: Providence Health, 2435 Forest Drive. Monthly healthy cooking class taught by registered dietitian Kay MacInnis and her team of chefs from Providence Health. Tickets $25/person (Providence Health employees receive 50 percent discount), call 1-800-424-DOCS or online at http://bit.ly/ProvCooks2017. Upcoming classes: Sept. 5, Food for the Soul; Oct. 2, Fall into the Mediterranean; Nov. 7, Healthy Entertaining. More information at http://yourprovidencehealth.com/classes-events/providence-cooks-farm-to-table
Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute: Chef Francois Fisera leads classes, $39/person, wine extra. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, pork tenderloin; Aug. 22 & 25, Spanish salmon; Aug. 29, royal chocolate class. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio: Prices per person unless noted. Friday, Aug. 18, couples Asian/Indian cuisine (6:30 p.m., $95/couple); Saturday, Aug, 19, morning market brunch (11 a.m., $50/two-for-one); Aug. 25, couples spanish (6:30 p.m., $95/couple); Aug. 31, intro to sushi (6:15 p.m., $50). Detailed listings at lets-cook.wixsite.com/letscookculinary. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St., (803) 348-5874 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Wednesdays with John Chiles: Former owner of Restaurant 123 in Irmo, GM for Club Corp International and part owner/operator of Blue Marlin, John Chiles will instruct cooking classes 7-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Kitchen, 410 Harbison Blvd. Call church office Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or Friday 9 a.m.-noon for info or to register (803) 732-1899 or email@example.com.
Farmers in the Forest: Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall in the parking lot along Beltline Boulevard. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. through October. Vendor applications can be found at farmersintheforest.org; follow on Facebook.
Blythewood Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood. Michaela Barno, (843) 697-1733. www.facebook.com/BlythewoodFarmersMarket or www.localharvest.org/blythewood-farmers-market
City Roots Farm: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, 1005 Airport Blvd., www.cityroots.org
Northeast Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through mid-October, Lake Carolina Town Center, 100 Lake Carolina Blvd, Northeast Richland. www.lakecarolina.com or www.facebook.com/lakecarolinafarmersmarket
Kershaw County Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 222 Broad St., Camden. www.kcfarmersmarket.org.
Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street. www.sodacitysc.com
Sandhills Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thanksgiving at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill, Northeast Richland. www.clemson.edu/public/sandhill/programs/farmers_market.html
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of Preston. www.sa.sc.edu/healthycarolina/farmersmarket. USC On-Campus delivery via Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH! can be scheduled in 4-, 6- and 12-week sessions.
Have an upcoming food event? Email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. For more listings, go to www.thestate.com