Thursday is National Iced Tea Day! Since sweet tea is THE drink of the South, enjoy a tall glass (or two)!
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Creek to Table Dinner at City Roots
to benefit the Coastal Conservation Association, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at City Roots. Enjoy local fresh and saltwater fish from S.C., wine and cocktail reception, $100 per person. A presentation of Farm to Table Events, tickets and information at
Have a sweet evening
at the Dining with Friends Dessert Finale 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, June 13, at Koger Center. Come and sample a wide array of desserts and bid during the silent auction with proceeds going to the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina. Tickets available at the door for a $25 minimum donation.
blends spirits and sweets 3-5 p.m. Sunday, 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 orwww.theumstead.com
Harvest Week at Motor Supply
is June 16-21. Enjoy all-local, farm-focused dinner and drink menus throughout the week as Motor Supply honors 13 local purveyors from throughout the Midlands. 920 Gervais St.,(803) 256-6687
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 theFacebook
Raise a toast to history
5:30 p.m. June 19 at Robert Mills House. Spend the evening exploring the house and gardens, enjoy music by the USC Guitar Quartet with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Sponsored by Historic Columbia, admission is $15 for Historic Columbia members, $20 for non-members.historiccolumbia.org (803) 252-1770
, ext. 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and July 18. Choose either 11 a.m. Brunch and Munch tour or 4 p.m. Sites and Bites tour focusing on the history of Columbia and the Vista. Tickets range from $30-$38. Information,www.twogalsfoodtours.com
. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.
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
It’s River Draughting, not (just) rafting!
Every Wednesday in June, Adventure Carolina is hosting a Congaree River kayaking tour that begins and ends at River Rat Brewery. How does that work? Sign up at Adventure Carolina then meet up 5:30 p.m. at River Rat, 1231 Shop Road. Each paddler gets to experience the beauty of the river during the 3-mile trip and gets 2 pints of their choice of River Rat brew. $50 per person, call for reservations(803) 796-4505
. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce,www.adventurecarolina.com
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.
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 attastytomatofestival.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
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 atashevillewineandfood.com
Really love fish & seafood? Then you’ll enjoy AquaCurean,
a gourmet seafood 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
celebrates 10 years Sept. 17-20. Check out the official lineup (Edwin McCain returns!) and get your tickets now ateuphoriagreenville.com
Dine on the Bridge...the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner
brings together restaurants from Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce in a celebration of what we all have in common. Scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Oct. 18, tickets for this first-ever event are on sale now atgervaisstreetbridgedinner.com
. Proceeds to benefit Congaree Riverkeeper.
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 atwww.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com
Carolina Farm Stewards Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference
is scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in Durham, NC. Information atwww.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
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 atwww.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-S.C. music playlist curated by Scene SC. Information and booking atwww.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, N.C., and Athens, Ga. Tickets are $55 per person. Private tours available. Information, schedule and ticket reservations atgreenvillebrewtours.com
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.
Bertolli Olive Oil Taste of Tradition Recipe Contest.
Bertolli Olive Oil celebrates its 150th anniversary by asking food lovers across America to send in their favorite original family recipe using Bertolli olive oil and/or Bertolli vinegar for a chance to win a culinary trip for two to Tuscany, Italy. Recipes will be accepted in five categories: appetizers, main dishes, soups/salads, side dishes and desserts. Entries, including instructions, ingredients, photo and/or video should be submitted toBertolliOliveOil.Tumblr.com
no later than July 31. More information atwww.villabertolli.com
Here’s your chance to win a professional grill.
Enter the Jarlsberg Cheese Extraordinary Grill Contest simply by filling out the form on theFacebook/JarlsbergUSA
site. One entry per person, per week, now through Aug. 31. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email.
Calling all chefs – current, retired and experienced. Cooking Matters, a new cooking and nutrition education curriculum, will be hosting cooking and nutrition classes for adults in various locations in Columbia and is looking for volunteers to share their skills. If you are interested, email email@example.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
SC BLUE Stores
offers a free Healthy Cooking class, 6:15-7:15 p.m. June 18 at the 1260 Bower Parkway location in Columbiana Station. Sign up atwww.SCBlueRetailCenters.com/Events
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill.
Wednesday, June 10, tiki time!; June 11, touch of Seoul. For information or to register, call(803) 509-8111
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes atFleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute
. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 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
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events:
June 25, hands-on Italian; June 26, couples Asian; June 29, paella. Detailed listings atletscookculinary.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) 256-6410www.rosewoodmarket.com
1st Market at First Nazareth Baptist Church,
Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Nov. 21; Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. starting June 17; Millwood parking lot across from church. Senior vouchers, WIC, SNAP/EBT and debit cards accepted. Local farmers and gardeners encouraged to participate, (803) 254-6232
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; Mini-market every Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Marriott on Main.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 Sandhillwww.clemson.edu
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market,
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Davis Field (Greene Street) in June (16 and 23) and July (7, 14, 21 and 28).
Have an upcoming food event? Email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.
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