We all scream for FREE ice cream! Dairy Queen celebrates its 75th anniversary with a Free Cone Day on Monday . Participating locations of Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill will serve free small vanilla soft-serve cones, limit one per customer. The DQ system will also be requesting donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. More information at DairyQueen.com.
Celebrate St. Pat’s at the Thicket! All Lizard’s Thicket locations will feature a special St. Patrick’s Day lunch menu of corned beef and cabbage and corned beef sandwiches. Also, if you plan on attending the St. Pat’s at Five Points celebration, check out the Thicket’s booth selling Reuben sandwiches, chicken strips and combos. www.LizardsThicket.com.
Uptown on Main presents A Taste of South Carolina. Celebrate the first days of spring with an in-store sampling of South Carolina food products 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 20 and 21. Get ready for the season’s big events (Carolina Cup, baseball tailgating, wedding showers, etc.) and learn how to prepare, use and pair some of the state’s yummy offerings. Uptown on Main is at 1204 Main St., (803) 661-7651, www.uptownsc.com.
Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi. Between 5 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 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.
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 Street, (803) 764-2575, www.craftanddraftbeer.com.
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours, led by Gloria Freeman and Janet Jordan, take you on a 21/2-hour walking tour of the Vista, visiting five of the area’s top restaurants. Information, www.twogalsfoodtours.com, (803) 260-7992 or (803) 360-0578. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.
Columbia Food Tours, owned by Kristin and Brian Cole, take 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 an opportunity to buy brewery merchandise. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing, light snacks, trivia and prizes, coolers to keep purchases cold and and all-South Carolina music playlist curated by Scene SC. Information and booking at www.columbiabrewbus.com.