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NEW OPENING DAY: The Food Park opens June 27

The highly anticipated North Columbia Community Farmer’s Market will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27. The market, located at the corner of North Main and Newman streets, will feature free popcorn, samples of healthy foods, cooking demonstrations and fun for everyone. The market’s regular hours will be Thursdays, opening at 5 p.m.

Congrats: Winners in the Lexington-Richland District 5 Chopped contest from Irmo High School have gone on to win a regional competition. Last weekend, the team of Estelle Goodson, Allison Stokes and Tina Gray prepared turkey tortilla wraps with sauteed peaches and collard greens, beating two Aiken teams. They will compete for the state title in October.


Cravin’ raisins? Enter America’s Best Raisin Bread contest for a chance to win a five-day trip to California that includes tours of Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley and a visit to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Deadline for entries in the Best Commercial Raisin Bread, Best Artisan Raisin Bread or Best Breakfast Item categories is July 1. Information and registration at


Free grocery store tours. The South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a professional organization of registered dietitians, in conjunction with Food Lion is offering free grocery store tours as a service to the community. The focus of these 90-minute tours will be healthy eating on a budget. Stop by or call the store nearest you to register. Recipes, educational materials and door prizes are part of each event. Schedule: Today, 11 a.m., 4760 Hardscrabble Road, (803) 462-9403; Thursday, 1 p.m., 9031 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 698-9757, June 27, 2:30 p.m., 1013 Broad River Road, (803) 795-2435

Sustainable Seafood dinner at Gervais & Vine. Enjoy a four-course dinner highlighting local sustainable seafood 6:30 p.m. June 25 at Gervais & Vine. Representatives from the Sustainable Seafood Initiative in Charleston will talk about the importance of sustainability and the ongoing work at the Initiative. Tickets $38, includes wine pairings. Gervais & Vine is at 620-A Gervais St., (803) 799-8463,

Lexington County Peach Festival is 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4 at Gilbert Community Park. Just about anything and everything that can be made from peaches will be highlighted along with arts and crafts, beauty pageants, a car show and fireworks. Details at

Palmetto Palate features local chefs showcasing local ingredients in an evening of food and fun at 701 Whaley. Friends of the Farm Bureau PAC organizes the event. Tickets for this event, 6 p.m. July 25, are $50 and available by calling Kristin Lavender (803) 936-4219 or online at

The Tasty Tomato festival is Saturday, July 20, at City Roots urban farm in Rosewood. This is a celebration of all things tomato. Tickets are $5 in advance. Details:

Inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival is Nov. 11-17. This first-time event will feature wine dinners at area restaurants, a celebrity chef tour, wine strolls and more. Special guest is Rob Mondavi Jr., of Mondavi Family Estate in Napa. California. See for information, tickets go on sale July 1.

Music to Your Mouth a celebration of fine Southern food and wine and chefs is in its seventh year at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton. This year’s festivities will be Nov. 19-24. Slated for appearances this year are Sean Brock, Julian P. VanWinkle III, John T. Edge, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Lata, Craig Deihl, Edward Lee, Rodney Scott and Anne Quatrano. Event tickets and Whole Hog & A Bed package tickets are available now.

Market News

Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s along Beltline Boulevard

Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410

Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Mondays at Doko Meadows in Blythewood and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center through November 7.

North Columbia Community Farmers Market, opens 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27, then every Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Corner of North Main and Newman streets

Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. or email

Vista Marketplace at Whaley, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at 711 Whaley St. Facebook page: Vista Marketplace at Whaley

Soda City Market, 8 a.m.-noon. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street

Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays through October. Carlisle Street (between Lexington and Columbia avenues)

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through July 30 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House.

Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26.


Columbia Cooks! has a series of camps and classes for children running through Aug. 10. Camps include: June 24-28 (ages 9-12); July 1-3 (ages 7-10) and July 30-August 1 (camp for kids with food allergies). Details: or to register for camps, see Columbia’s Cooking! is located on the USC campus in the Discover I Building, 915 Greene Street.

Taste Buds Cooking Lab at EdVenture. Classes: 4-5 p.m., ages 5+, $20/EdVenture member, $25/non-member: Thursday, sliders. Summer camps: $145 per week/per child/members, $165/non-members; register one week before camp starts, price includes T-shirt and food. Ages 3-4 years: June 24-28 or July 29-Aug. 2, Edible EdVentures; Ages 5-7: July 15-19 or Aug. 5-9, Eddie’s Cookbook, learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, receive apron and cookbook; Ages 8-10: July 8-12, Global Eats; Ages 11-12: July 22-26, Camp Chef. More information or register at or call Brittani Lane (803) 400-1154 or

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Today, fish & shellfish; Saturday, couples summer. For children, Charleston Cooks! Kids’ Summer classes: All classes are hands-on participation. Schedule includes: Kids Around the World Workshop for ages 8-12, July 22-July 25; Colors, Shapes and Sizes for ages 5-7, June 25 and July 9; Teen Bootcamp: Sweet and Savory Fundamentals (ages 13-16), June 27 and July 11; Culinary Road Trip Camp (ages 8-12), July 1- July 3; Baking Workshop (ages 8-12) July 15-18 or August 5-8; Cooking Through Time Culinary Camp (ages 8-12), July 29-August 1. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Today, wild salmon; Saturday, wine tasting; June 25 and 28, steak au poivre. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Katherine Shavo hosts a series of Healthy Cooking classes: July 16, blueberries; July 30, herbs; Aug. 6-Sept. 4, five-week series on healthy cooking and nutrition ($190 for all five classes, single classes available), register at; today, Eye on Food with Chef Larry Platt; Friday, couples Asian; Saturday, Beaufort stew; Kids’ Camp (ages 5-13): June 24-27 with Jan Pinnington, $140, includes workbook, recipes, DVD and kitchen tool set. Detailed listings at 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 McCutchen.