Two months after it was announced — and only four weeks before the event on April 15 — organizers for the first ever Columbia Food and Wine festival have released the list of participating chefs and updated ticket pricing information.
The Five Points Association and Free Times are collaborating on the festival, to be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 700 block of Saluda Avenue.
According to their release, ticket holders can expect small bite tastings from the following establishments:
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Ally and Eloise Bakeshop
Alodia’s Cucina Italiana
Blue Cactus Cafe
Burger Tavern 77
Cellar on Greene
City Limits Barbeque
COA Agaveria Y Cocina
The Crescent Olive
Delaney’s Music Pub and Eatery
Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli
Gervais & Vine
The Grand on Main
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
Keg Cowboy Bar & Restaurant
Main Street Public House
Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Pearlz Oyster Bar
River Rat Brewery
Rosso Trattoria Italia
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Spotted Salamander Cafe and Catering
Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria and Pub
Village Idiot Pizza
The War Mouth
Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern
Za’s on Devine
Local breweries participating include:
Columbia’s Bierkeller Columbia, Columbia Craft Brewing Company, Cottontown Brew Lab, Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House, River Rat Brewery, and Swamp Cabbage Brewery
Charleston’s Island Coastal Lager, Munkle Brewing Co., and Pawleys Island Brewing Company
Lexington’s Hazlewood Brewing and Old Mill Brewpub
Expect to see demonstrations by these chefs: Jason Bruner, 1801 Grille; Joe Cardinale, Ripper’s/Cold Harbor Hospitality Group; Wesley Fulmer, Motor Supply Co. Bistro; Josh Rogerson, Saluda’s; Charley Scruggs, Tallulah; Alex Suaudom du Monde, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro; Alex Strickland, Hunter-Gatherer; Todd Woods, The Oak Table
And beverage seminars from some of Columbia’s finest establishments, including: Erlinda Alexandra Doherty, Level 1 Sommelier; Philip Kirby, 1801 Grille; Sebastian Griffin, Ristorante Divino; and Josh Streetman, Motor Supply.
There is a tiered ticket pricing system.
General admission tickets are $65 per person and include samples from the restaurant and beverage stations, access to the Artisan Alley and chef demonstrations at the Culinary Corner.
Sneak Peek tickets, $85 per person, which allow purchasers admission to the event one hour early (at 10 a.m.).
And for those who want an “exclusive” experience, VIP tickets are $100 per person and include early admission (10 a.m.), access to a private lounge at Saluda’s with catered specialty bites, live music and a special cocktail bar. VIP tickets are available for advance purchase only.
Oh, and this is not a family-friendly event as it is posted no children or infants permitted, no pets — and there is a smart-casual dress code in place. Stay classy, Columbia!