Enter the Lexington County Peach Festival Annual Peachy Recipe Contest, to be held July 4 at the Gilbert Primary School Cafeteria, 520 Main St., Gilbert. This year the categories are (1) salads and main dishes and (2) desserts. See rules for entry and judging at www.lexingtoncountypeachfestival.com or call Mary Ellis, (803) 892-5207.
Today is National Grape Popsicle Day! OK, so it’s not as exciting as Hamburger Day (Thursday, May 28) or Mint Julep Day (Saturday, May 30), but the weather here is perfect for a frozen treat. Enjoy!
Krispy Kreme (limited edition) Southern Classics available now through July 9 at participating Krispy Kreme locations: Peach Pie doughnut with peach filling, white icing, pie crust crumbles and peach-flavored drizzle; Lemon Kreme Cake doughnut with a rosette of lemon-infused Kreme filling, topped with cake crumbles and powdered sugar.
Dining with Dogs is back at Solstice Kitchen and Mr Friendly’s! You order from the restaurant menu while your four-legged friend gets his/her own canine-friendly three-course meal supplied by Pupcakes. Reserve your spot, $12 per dog, by calling Pupcakes, (803) 467-0171, and request one of these dates: at Mr. Friendly’s, 2001-A Greene St.: Wednesday, May 27; at Solstice, 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane: Thursday, May 28.
Shrimp, shrimp, shrimp! The Lake Murray Chamber of Commerce Shrimp Boil is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Chickawa Center at Saluda River Club, 102 Glad Spring Drive, Lexington. Tickets $20 per person or $30 per couple in advance, $25 and $40 at the door, and price includes food and drinks. Call Lake Murray Chamber of Commerce, (803) 356-2151
Shrimp, Shaggin’ and Suds, 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Palmetto Collegiate Institute at 104 Hendrix, Lexington. Enjoy a Lowcountry shrimp boil prepared by Dimmler’s Catering, beer and wine, a dessert bar and live music and dancing presented by Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. Tickets $40 per person or sponsor a table for eight for $300. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Tickets available at www.lcrac.com or call (803) 356-5111.
Under the Table Supper Club, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at The Oak Table. Join The Oak Table’s Executive Chef Todd Woods, Sous Chef Charles Stricklin and Pastry Chef Charley Scruggs as they collaborate with Bourbon’s Chef Frank Bradley for a five-course dinner to benefit the Coastal Conservation League. Tickets $68 per person, plus gratuity, available at eventbrite.com. The Oak Table is at 1221 Main St., (803) 563-5066
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is this weekend, May 28-31, in Midtown, Atlanta. Tickets available at atlfoodandwinefestival.com. South Carolina will be represented by chefs Jeremiah Bacon, Sean Brock, Frederick Corriher, Andy Henderson, Krystal Hill, Kevin Johnson, Michael Kramer, Frank Lee, Matt & Ted Lee, Joe Raya, MariElena Raya, Cameron Reed, Brooks Reitz and Heidi Trull.
June Harvest Dinner at City Roots, 6:30-9 p.m. June 1. Tiickets $75 per person, available at eventbrite.com
Friends of James Beard Farm Dinner at Timberock at Hopkins Farm June 6. Enjoy true farm-to-table dining with chefs from the Greenville area, including Michael Kramer, The Lazy Goat and Table 301; Adrian Carpenter, High Cotton; Joe Clarke, American Grocery Restaurant; Rodney Freidank, Table 301; Anthony Gray, Bacon Bros.; Jason Scholz, Stella’s Bistro; and Pastry Chef Lindsay Beck of Soby’s. Proceeds to benefit the next generation of American chefs through the James Beard Foundation. Reservations, information at (864) 232-7007. Timberock is at 3717 Fork Shoals Road, Greenville.
Carolina Farm Stewards’ Upstate Farm Tour, 1-6 p.m. June 6-7. Take a self-guided tour of 23 sustainable farms throughout the Upstate. Plan ahead with downloadable map and guidebook, pack a cooler with ice and pack your family and friends in your vehicle. Tickets $35 per vehicle or cycle group for all farms, all weekend or $10 per vehicle or cycle group to visit each individual farm. Information at carolinafarmstewards.org or call (919) 542-2402.
Hamptons Southern Chef Series continues June 9 with Chef Tarver King of Potowmack Farms in Virginia. Chef King’s resume includes time at The Inn at Little Washington, Va; The French Laundry, Napa Valley; Woodlands Inn and Resort, Summerville and the Ashby Inn, Va. The multi-course meal at Hamptons begins at 6 p.m., reservations $85 per person, (803) 774-4400. Hamptons is at 4 West Hampton St., Sumter.
Creek to Table Dinner at City Roots to benefit the Coastal Conservation Association, 6:30-9 p.m. June 10. Enjoy local fresh and saltwater fish from SC, wine and cocktail reception, $100 per person. A presentation of Farm to Table Events, tickets at eventbrite.com
Artisan Confections blends spirits and sweets 3-5 p.m. June 14 at The Umstead Hotel & Spa, in Cary, NC, when Spirit Guide Esteban McMahan of TOPO Distillery and Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan come together to offer a sampling of treats inspired by the small batch distillery. Tickets $55 per person, reservations required. (919) 447-4000 or www.theumstead.com
Rotary Club of the Vista’s Garden Party, 6-9 p.m. June 18 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Enjoy an evening of great food, beer and wine, live music by Ross Holmes and a silent auction, all to benefit The Therapy Place. Tickets $50 per person, call Bill Coggins (803) 413-0446, see the Facebook page or eventbrite.com
Hampton County Watermelon Festival, June 20-28, celebrates outdoor life in Hampton County and the summer melon. www.hcmelonfest.org
Ridge Peach Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20 in Trenton, SC, home of Titan Farms. Enjoy barbecue, funnel cakes and everything peach-related and take home peach preserves, jams and jellies. www.ridgepeachfestival.com
Love mac-n-cheese? You’ll love Mac Madness, a competition to see who has the best macaroni-and-cheese in town. Come out July 11 to Carolina Walk Park, next to Williams-Brice Stadium, and enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment, laser skeet shooting, bull riding, bouncy houses for the kids, and, mac-and-cheese, of course. River Rat Brewery will have craft beer for sale. People’s Choice winner earns a spot in the World Food Championships in Florida this fall. Tickets $25 for adults, free for kids 12 & under, portion of proceeds benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. www.MacMadnessSC.com
Gaffney Peach Festival, July 10-19 at Lake Whelchel, scpeachfestival.net
The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is 4-9 p.m. July 18 at City Roots. This celebration of local food features heirloom tomato tasting, tomato bobbing, live music, local food and drink and the popular Tasty Tomato Contest. Enter your actual homegrown tomatoes or, new this year, take a photo of your bounty in the Show Us Your Tomatoes Photo Contest. Rules and information at tastytomatofestival.com
Pageland Watermelon Festival, July 17-18 in downtown Pageland. Try your hand at the seed spitting and/or watermelon eating contests, enjoy some great food and watch the nightly rodeo. pagelandwatermelonfestival.com.
SouthEast Crab Feast, 4-7 p.m. July 18 at Saluda Shoals Park. Tickets are on sale now, $29 per person, includes all-you-can-eat blue crab, 20-ounce bowl of Lowcountry Boil (shrimp, corn, potato and beef sausage), live music and entertainment; $10 for children ages 4-12; free for children under 4. www.SouthEastCrabFeast.com
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours, led by Gloria Freeman and Janet Jordan, takes you on a 21/2-hour walking tour of the Vista, visiting five of the area’s top restaurants. Upcoming tours include: Historic Columbia collaboration on June 20. Choose either 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. tours focusing on the history of Columbia and the Vista. Tickets range from $30-$38. Information, www.twogalsfoodtours.com or (803) 360-0578. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.
Brew at the Zoo, rain or shine 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Riverbanks Zoo. Enjoy microbrew, domestic and import beers while wandering through the wildlife or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music. Ages 21 and over only, advance tickets on sale June 1: $35 Riverbanks members, $45 general public, $55 day of event. www.riverbanks.org
A three-ring culinary circus: Asheville (NC) Wine & Food Festival, Aug. 20-22. The event opens with Elixir on Aug. 20, a competition between chefs and mixologists. Then comes Sweet, the largest gathering of pastry chefs on the East Coast. The weekend ends with the Grand Tasting at the U.S. Cellular Center. Information and tickets at ashevillewineandfood.com
Really love fish & seafood? Then you’ll enjoy AquaCurean, a gourmet seafod and spirits celebration Aug. 28-30 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Gold Resort & Spa. Tickets go on sale May 29 for event such as the Coastal Chef’s Table, Insider’s Affair, AquaCurean Challenge & Coastal Pop-up and the Fresh Catch & Cocktails Jazz Brunch. www.aquacurean.com
Euphoria Greenville celebrates 10 years Sept. 17-20. Check out the official lineup (Edwin McCain returns!) and get your tickets now at euphoriagreenville.com.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns Oct. 30 and 31 at Epcot Resort Area Hotel. This outdoor event will feature 40 stations of culinary selections, wine from more than 30 wineries and a beer garden featuring local and seasonal brews from around the world. Event details and ticket packages available at www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or www.facebook.com/swananddolphin or call 1-800-227-1500.
Carolina Farm Stewards Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference is scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in Durham, NC. Information at www.carolinafarmstewards.org
Wine Wednesdays at Craft And Draft. Each Wednesday will feature select wines at $5 per glass and three to four wines that will be available for sampling and buying. Craft and Draft is at 2706 Devine St., (803) 764-2575, www.craftanddraftbeer.com
Columbia Food Tours, owned by Kristin and Brian Cole, takes you on a walking tour of downtown Columbia to experience the culture and cuisine of the Capital City. Sign up for a tour, gathering at the State House steps, and visit six to eight of Columbia’s finest restaurants and sample items from the menu. Tours last 21/2-hours, rain or shine. More information and ticket reservations at www.columbiafoodtours.com
Columbia Brew Bus offers tours of Columbia’s growing beer scene. A standard tour, $50, includes pickup at one of the partner restaurants (Flying Saucer, Liberty Tap Room or World of Beer) and stops at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. At each stop you get at least 24 ounces of beer samples, brewery tour, Q&A with brewery staff and opportunity to buy brewery merchandise. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing, light snacks, trivia and prizes, coolers to keep purchases cold and an all-SC music playlist curated by Scene SC. Information and booking at www.columbiabrewbus.com
Greenville Brew Tours offers Saturday tours of breweries, an overview of the brewing processes and tastings of craft beers with a final stop at The Greenville Growler Station, a leading craft beer tavern in Greenville. Participating breweries include Thomas Creek, Brewery 85, Quest Brewing and Swamp Rabbit Brewery with occasional excursions to Charlotte, Asheville, NC, and Athens, Ga. Tickets are $55 per person. Private tours available. Information, schedule and ticket reservations at greenvillebrewtours.com.
Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi. Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5-8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays between 5-5:30 p.m., couples and small groups can call and arrange classes in the art of making sushi. Pricing options include food and class or choose to include wine or hot sake. Call (803) 931-0700 after 2 p.m. for scheduling or information. SakiTumi is at 807 Gervais St.
Ballentine Community Center presents Flavors of the World cooking class series meeting 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, beginning June 17. Classes $15 per person. To register or for more information, all Charlene Lyles (803) 781-2031.
Seven Oaks Park presents Back to Basics: Healthy Ideas for Better Eating classes June 9. Choose between 10:15 a.m.-noon or 6:15-8 p.m. class times to learn about how to prepare meals that will improve your overall health. Reservations $10 per person, ages 16 to adult, call (803) 772-3336. Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, May 27, Memorial Day BBQ; Thursday, May 28, wine workshop; Friday, May 29, couples French Riviera; June 3 (1-3 p.m.), Kids in the kitchen (ages 5-7); June 4, market fresh; June 5, couples Casablanca; June 6, knife skills; June 10, tiki time!; June 11, touch of Seoul. 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, May 29, Spanish salmon; June 2 & 5, hands-on Fish for Seafood; June 8, 11, 12, 13, chicken pot pie; June 16 & 19, homemade gnocci, wild mushroom cream sauce Busnel Calvados and ham; June 23, calamari; June 26, white wines with seafood sauerkraut & Mumm Cordon Rouge sauce; June 29, Godiva chocolate pudding. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, May 28, Throwback Thursday (1987: Catering to Columbia); Friday, May 29, small plate Italian; June 5, tapas; June 25, hands-on italian; June 26, couples Asian; June 29, paella. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874.
Cocoa Lab at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte hosts small cooking classes focusing on chocolate, cocoa, herbs and fruits. Class fee, $100, includes parking, recipe collection, keepsake apron and dining on what you create. Classes run 8:30 a.m. to noon: Summer fruit classics (plum tarte tatin, almond peach cobbler, blueberry frozen yogurt and vanilla-scented quinoa salad), June 20 and July 18. Call to reserve a spot, (704) 547-2244.
Farmers in the Forest, Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall in the parking lot along Beltline Boulevard. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. through Oct. 28. 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. Contact Michaela Barno (843) 697-1733 for more information.
302 Artisans at Senate’s End, 2-7 p.m. (No Frills Grill food truck serves lunch noon-6 p.m.) Thursdays through Oct. 29 at 302 Senate St. www.facebook.com/302Artisans
Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 22, Lake Carolina’s Town Center, www.lakecarolina.com
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 1-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket.com
Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays through September, Carlisle Street, Irmo, www.irmofarmersmarket.com
Kershaw County Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 21, 222 Broad St., Camden, www.kcfarmersmarket.org
Lexington Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 26 (except July 4), Lexington Square Park, 205 E. Main St. www.lexsc.com
Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com
Sandhills Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill www.clemson.edu
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Davis Field (Greene Street) in June (9, 16 and 23) and July (7, 14, 21 and 28).
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