Food & Drink

Take a food tour, dine with dogs, find a farmers market, or learn a new kitchen skill in one of these Cooks Calendar events (+interactive map)


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 or call Mary Ellis, (803) 892-5207.

Special events

Today is National Pick Strawberries Day! Although it’s getting a bit late in the season, you can still find locally grown, farm fresh strawberries at local U-pick farms and at roadside stands. Enjoy!

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. Upcoming tours include: Historic Columbia collaborations May 23 and June 20. Choose either 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. tours focusing on the history of Columbia and the Vista. Tickets range $30-38. Information,


(803) 360-0578

. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.


a food and music fund-raising event for local musician and programmer for Southern Roots Radio, Will Salley, begins 3 p.m. May 23 at Jakes on Devine. Salley was diagnosed with chronic Lyme complex with neurological involvement of motor neuron function. Tickets $20. More information, or to donate through Paypal, visit


Palmetto State Chili Cookoff,

sanctioned by the International Chili Society, is May 23 in Fountain Inn. Admission is free, tasting is $5 per set of eight tasting tickets and includes a People’s Choice voting ticket. To compete or attend, visit

or call John Hastings at

(864) 862-2586


Dining with Dogs is back at Solstice Kitchen and Mr Friendly’s!

You order from the restaurant menu while your four-legged friend gets his/her own canine-friendly three-course meal supplied by Pupcakes. Reserve your spot, $12 per dog, by calling Pupcakes,

(803) 467-0171

, and request one of these dates: at

Mr. Friendly’s,

2001-A Greene St.: May 28; at


, 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane: May 29.

Shrimp, Shaggin’ and Suds

, 5:30-9 p.m. May 30 at Palmetto Collegiate Institute at 104 Hendrix, Lexington. Enjoy a Lowcountry shrimp boil prepared by Dimmler’s Catering, beer and wine, a dessert bar and live music and dancing presented by Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. Tickets $40 per person or sponsor a table for eight for $300. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Tickets available at

or call

(803) 356-5111


Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

is May 28-31 in Midtown, Atlanta. Tickets available at

. South Carolina will be represented by chefs Jeremiah Bacon, Sean Brock, Frederick Corriher, Andy Henderson, Krystal Hill, Kevin Johnson, Michael Kramer, Frank Lee, Matt & Ted Lee, Joe Raya, MariElena Raya, Cameron Reed, Brooks Reitz and Heidi Trull.

Carolina Farm Stewards’ Upstate Farm Tour,

1-6 p.m. June 6-7. Take a self-guided tour of 23 sustainable farms throughout the Upstate. Plan ahead with downloadable map and guidebook, pack a cooler with ice and pack your family and friends in your vehicle. Tickets $35 per vehicle or cycle group for all farms, all weekend or $10 per vehicle or cycle group to visit each individual farm. Information at

or call

(919) 542-2402


Hampton’s Southern Chef Series

continues June 9 with Chef Tarver King of Potowmack Farms in Virginia. Chef King’s resume includes time at The Inn at Little Washington, VA; The French Laundry, Napa Valley; Woodlands Inn and Resort, Summerville and the Ashby Inn, VA. The multi-course meal at Hamptons begins at 6 p.m., reservations $85 per person, (803) 774-4400. Hamptons is at 4 West Hampton St., Sumter.

Artisan Confections

blends spirits and sweets 3-5 p.m. 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 or
Hampton County Watermelon Festival

, June 20-28, celebrates outdoor life in Hampton County and the summer melon.
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.
Gaffney Peach Festival,

July 10-19 at Lake Whelchel,
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 at
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.


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.
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.
A three-ring culinary circus: Asheville (N.C.) 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 at
Really love fish & seafood? The you’ll enjoy AquaCurean,

a gourmet seafod 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.
Euphoria Greenville

celebrates 10 years Sept. 17-20. Check out the official lineup (Edwin McCain returns!) and get your tickets now at


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 at


or call



Carolina Farm Stewards Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference

is scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in Durham, NC. Information at
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, 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
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 at
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 at


Cooking classes

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 Wednesay of the month, beginning June 17. Classes $15 per person. To register or for more information, all Charlene Lyles

(803) 781-2031



will offer a healthy cooking class 6:15-7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the retail store located at 1260 Bower Parkway in Columbiana Station. The class is free and open to the public but space is limited. Register at


Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill.

Wednesday, May 20, easy weeknight meals; Thursday, May 21, seafood; Friday, May 22, couples French Riviera; Saturday, May 23, Sinatra’s Vegas.; May 25 (5 p.m.), Kid’s class Chinese; May 27, Memorial Day BBQ; May 28, wine workshop; May 29, couples French Riviera; May 30 (10 a.m.), brunch in the South. Carolina Kitchen lunchtime classes: May 22. For information or to register, call

(803) 509-8111



Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at

Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute

. Friday, May 22, white wine tasting with mussels and salmon; May 26 & 29, Spanish salmon; June 2 & 5, hands-on Fish for Seafood. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave.

(803) 765-9999



Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events:

Friday, May 22, couples; May 28, Throwback Thursday (1987: Catering to Columbia); May 29, small plate Italian. Detailed listings at

. 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


Market News

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; 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.

Northeast Farmers Market,

3-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 22, Lake Carolina’s Town Center,

Rosewood Market Farmers Market,

1-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410

Irmo Farmers Market,

9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays through September, Carlisle Street, Irmo,

Kershaw County Farmers Market,

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 21, 222 Broad St., Camden,

Lexington Farmers Market,

9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 26 (except July 4), Lexington Square Park, 205 E. Main St.

Soda City Market

, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street

Sandhills Farmers Market,

2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market,

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Davis Field (Greene Street) in June (9, 16 and 23) and July (7, 14, 21 and 28).

Have an upcoming food event? Email details to Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

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