Around the world in a weekend
It took Phileas Fogg 80 days to go around the world, you can do it in a weekend at the Columbia International Festival April 13 and 14 at the Cantey Building, State Fairgrounds. Learn about different cultures and taste the exotic flavors of world cuisine. This year’s focus is on South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Tickets are $4 in advance from the festival office at 610 Pickens St., (803) 799-0103, $5 at the gate, $1 children age 6-12, free for active military personnel with ID card. Festival times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 13; noon-6 p.m. April 14. www.cifonline.org
More green for your green.
In an effort to make fresh, locally grown, organic vegetables more affordable, City Roots is now offering all SNAP participants a special program in which they will receive “two for one” on all food purchases at City Roots. The in-town farm is located at 1005 Airport Blvd., (803) 254-2302, www.cityroots.org
It’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) time!
Spring has arrived and so has the time for signing up for a local CSA. That’s when local farms box fresh fruits and veggies for you at a convenient drop-off point. Check out individual websites for pricing, terms and delivery sites.
City Roots, Columbia, (803) 254-2302, www.cityroots.org
Gruber Family CSA Farm, St. George, (843) 563-1159, http://gruber-csa-farm.com
Hudson Family Farm, Goose Creek, (843) 200-7275, www.hudsonfamilyfarmsc.com
Pinckney’s Produce, Beaufort, (843) 321-8344, www.pinckneysproduce.com
Round River Farms, Leesville, (803) 532-0557, www.roundriverfarms.com
Brown Box Veggies, (a co-op) www.brownboxveggies.com
Carolina Brew and Q Beer Festival at Flying Saucer noon-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds to benefit The American Kidney Foundation in honor of Jeremy Letton, who owned Columbia’s Garden Bistro and died earlier this year from kidney disease. Tickets $35 in advance, $45 day of event; $10 for designated drivers in advance, $15 day of event; available at www.carolinabrewandq.com or Flying Saucer, 1100 Park Street.
Blue Cactus owners mourn loss. John Michael Culclasure, the son-in-law of owner Lloyd Reese, died Friday. The restaurant, a popular Five Points eatery combining Korean, Cuban and vegetarian cuisine, will be closed until April 9. Friends of the restaurant have set up a fundraising page, https://rally.org/helpjulie, to raise money for his wife, Julie, and family. Jake’s of Columbia also is setting up a fundraiser for the family on April 11. A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/helpjulie, has been created to keep friends informed.
Slow Food at Indie Grits. Get your tickets ($10, $15, $20) for the Slow Food tasting and potluck highlighting local and sustainable ingredients, 4-7 p.m. April 14 at 701 Whaley. Tickets on sale at www.indiegrits.com
Gotta love grits! World Grits Festival is April 12-14 in St. George. Enjoy grits-inspired games and meals, check out the milling process or dare to go swimming in the grits pool. Details www.worldgritsfestival.com
Meet Chef Curtis Stone (“Top Chef Masters”) 1-3 p.m. April 13 during the Taste and Style Event at Tanger Outlet in North Charleston. Chef Stone will be doing a live cooking demonstration and book signing. Also, Lowcountry food trucks will be converging April 13 and 14 at the Outlet and there will be other culinary demonstrations both days. www.tangeroutlet.com/charleston
Chefs on the Shoe: 5 p.m. April 15, annual fundraiser on the USC Horseshoe; food, silent auction. Details: chefsontheshoe2.eventbrite.com
Take a Dirt RoadTrip (aka Lowcountry Farm Tour) April 20 on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands and McClellanville. $30 per carload for LLF members, $35 per carload for non-members. Info at www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org
Place your orders now for the Big Nosh! Pre-order delicious Jewish delicacies such as whitefish salad, kugel, knish, brisket, corned beef, pastrami and chopped liver in advance of the festival at Tree of Life Congregation 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 21. Tree of Life is located at 6719 N. Trenholm Rd., www.bignosh.org
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party is April 20. Tickets are on sale now for the Champagne Tasting ($75 per person, 11 a.m. at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, 1829 Cleveland Ave) and Mowtown@Uptown ($125 and $7, 6:30-11 p.m. at Founders Hall, 100 North Tryon Street) events at www.charlottewineandfood.org
Bovinova: The Ultimate Cook-Out is May 10-11 in Simpsonville. What makes this so special? Whole animal cooking ... cow, goat, pigs, chickens and a few exotic meats are on the menu. Ticket prices range from $55 (per person/Friday only) to $180 (two-day family-of-four pass). Information, tickets at http://bovinova2013.eventbrite.com or follow on Facebook, www.facebook.com/groups/bovineroast
BBQ Shop Talk will be holding a series of grilling classes at the SC State Farmers Market. Sunday classes, noon-5 p.m., $99 per class include samplings, recipes and take-home food. Sunday, ribs; May 5, ladies grilling; June 9, guys grilling; July 14, start your own competition cook team. Call Mark Busbee, (803) 513-6087 or Tim Handy, (843) 214-3736
Columbia’s Cooking! Ask about cooking and nutrition classes for home schoolers. Information, registration, Katherine Shavo (803) 576-5636, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking /classes.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, Parisian pique-nique; Friday, Couples Hawaiian class; Saturday, spa food; April 11, (lunch) eggs, (dinner) Spring menu; April 12, Couples Hawaiian. Register for classes online at charlestoncooks.com.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Tonight and Friday, halibut; April 9, 12, 13, Maryland soft shell crab; April 16, 19, rabbit. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, tapas; April 12, couples class; April 16, Wild Women; April 17, Food Wisdom. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at http://webapps .csg.sc.edu/ McCutchen.
ROUND TWO: T he 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off is now accepting entries in the Simple Sweets category. For the first time, America will vote to determine all 100 finalists. Each entry and voting period is defined by these categories: Simple Sweets and Starters, entry period April 4-May 9, voting June 13-27; Quick Rise and Shine Breakfasts, entry July 4-Aug. 8, voting Sept. 12-26. Grand prize winner receives $1 million and $10,000 in GE kitchen appliances. Information and registration at BakeOff.com
30th National Beef Cook-Off seeks healthy recipes from home cooks. Submit your best beef recipes online at beefcookoff.org for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. Deadline April 15
Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street.
701 Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at 701 Whaley St.
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of the Russell House during the school semester.